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DorobekInsider: MD Tech Council awards GSA’s Coleman government CIO of the year

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GSA CIO Casey Coleman has been awarded the Tech Council of Maryland’s Government CIO of the Year award.

From the GSA release:

GSA’s Coleman Named Government CIO of the Year By Tech Council of Maryland

WASHINGTON – Casey Coleman, U.S. General Services Administration’s Chief Information Officer, has received the Tech Council of Maryland’s Government CIO of the Year award.

The prestigious award, part of the council’s Mid-Atlantic CIO&CTO Live! Awards Program, is given annually to the government CIO who exemplifies leadership and forward leaning technology implementation.

“The award is a great honor. This success was made possible by GSA’s strategic leadership and the efforts of my dedicated staff,” said Coleman.

She was honored at an event at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Building in Washington on Nov. 10. The program also recognized the Mid-Atlantic region’s top Chief Technology Officers and other senior information technology leaders.

Coleman has been the GSA CIO since 2007 and previously was the CIO of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service. She recently emerged as a key player in the Obama administration’s cloud computing initiative, as federal CIO Vivek Kundra pegged GSA as a center of gravity for the initiative.

The Tech Council of Maryland is the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest technology trade association, which brings its 500-plus members access to technology industry leaders in Maryland, Washington, and Virginia. The council helps the region’s technology organizations grow through its membership and activities such as networking events, cost saving programs, and advocacy initiatives.

The finalists for the Tech Council of Marland’s awards… and the full list of winners.

Congratulations to Casey Coleman.

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November 13, 2009 at 8:31 AM

The DorobekInsider Reader: Veterans Day

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Today, of course, is Veterans Day, which started out as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day has evolved into also honoring living military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

* More about Veterans Day from the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Day page

* Veterans Day history…
From the VA:

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926…

More history from the Army… and from something called America’s Library, which is a .gov site although I’ve never heard of it before.

* Collecting history… A remarkable project from VA and the Library of Congress. More from the Air Force:

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced the Department of Veterans Affairs is joining with the Library of Congress to offer “Veterans History Countdown” on the VA Web site featuring the oral histories of veterans from every state and U.S. territory.

The Library of Congress also has relics from it’s collection posted today.

* Proclamations

The Veterans Day Presidential Proclamation
Rep. Steve Buyer, minority leader of the House Veterans Committee
Air Force leaders issue joint Veterans Day message

* Veterans Day by the numbers… from Census

23.6 million: The number of military veterans in the United States in 2007

1.8 million: The number of female veterans in 2007.

16%: Percentage of Gulf War veterans in 2007 who were women.

7.9 million: Number of Vietnam-era veterans in 2007. Thirty-three percent of all living veterans served during this time (1964-1975). In addition, 5 million served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present); 2.9 million in World War II (1941-1945); 3 million in the Korean War (1950-1953); and 6.1 million in peacetime.

5: Number of states with 1 million or more veterans in 2007. These states are California (2.1 million), Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1.1 million) and Pennsylvania (1.1 million)

 

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November 11, 2009 at 6:02 PM

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DorobekInsider: HHS joins the management reorganization bandwagon — but this time, the CIO seems to get more visibility

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We have been telling you about a number of management reorganizations at a number of agencies… Of course, the Agriculture Department has quietly undertaken a significant reorganization of its agency managementread more here… There were also changes at the top ranks of the Department of Veterans Affairs management organization

The Department of Health and Human Services is also reorganizing its management structure, according to a Federal Register notice, creating the Office of Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Resources and Technology.

Here is an excerpt:

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reorganizing a portion of two offices, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Resources and Technology (ASRT) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (ASAM), both of which are located within the Office of the Secretary (OS). The reorganization is designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of these two offices by consolidating the resource-related functions, including budget, grants, acquisition, finance, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) coordination, underASRT and the administrative functions under ASAM. The titles of the Assistant Secretary for Resources and Technology (ASRT) and the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (ASAM) will also be changed to the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources (ASFR ) and Assistant Secretary for Administration (ASA), respectively. This reorganization also will transfer support for the Office of Small &
Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) from ASAM to ASRT, while maintaining the Office’s same direct-line reporting structure to the Deputy Secretary. Finally, this reorganization will transfer direct-line reporting of the Office of the Chief Information Office fromASRT to the Deputy Secretary while moving day-to-day support for OCIO from ASRT to ASA.

Read the full post here.

We’re still trying to ferret out what exactly this means and how it moves the cheese around, but unlike at USDA, where the CIO seems to be buried deeper within the organization, HHS’s reorganization seems to actually give the CIO increased visibility within the organization.

Insiders tell me that the CIO Michael Carlton will now report directly to the HHS Deputy Secretary Bill Corr. Previously, the HHS CIO reported to the agency’s Assistant Secretary for Resources and Technology/CFO.

One insider told us that the HHS Office of the Chief Information Officer is moving from the former Assistant Secretary for Resources and Technology — which will become the new Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources — and the CIO will now become part of the new Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration.

If you know more information, let us know… and we’ll keep trying to track down more information.

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November 10, 2009 at 2:37 PM

DorobekInsider: November’s Signal column: The Intelligence Community Writes the Book on Collaboration

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The November issue of AFCEA’s SIGNAL magazine is on the streets, and it includes my latest column, headlined The Intelligence Community Writes the Book on Collaboration.

The Intelligence Community Writes the Book on Collaboration [SIGNAL magazine, November 2009]
The Intellipedia suite of collaboration tools is years ahead of most other organizations—public or private sector

Change is never easy, and that is particularly true in government. When it comes to collaboration, it is the intelligence community that has been evolving and testing its own boundaries.

To understand how and why, we have to go back to September 11, 2001. One reason for the terrorists’ success was the many missed signs of their imminent attacks. That failure was followed by intelligence issues in Iraq and incorrect findings about weapons of mass destruction. Other examples exist, but those two events spurred a core question: “Is there a better way for us to collect, process and disseminate intelligence data?”

Continue reading

I have a number of related links mentioned in the column on my Delicious site, but…

You can read the report assessing Intellipedia’s A-Space from here:

DorobekInsider: Intel on the gov 2.0 front lines – and a new report assessing A-Space

Find more links about this topic here:

DorobekInsider on DC’s NewsChannel 8 tonight talking the Intellipedia and A-Space — the liner notes

This column was actually complex to write because, as we have been reporting, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has actually shut down some parts of the Intellipedia suite of collaboration tools. Read more here:

DorobekInsider: ODNI response to its decision to shut down Intellipedia’s uGov Web based e-mail system

Finally, if you want an interesting read, I highly recommend Harvard Business School Prof. Andrew McAfee’s new book, Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization’s Toughest Challenges, which uses Intellipedia as an enterprise 2.0, collaboration case study. The book will be formally released on Dec. 1 — and he will join us on Dec. 1 on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris.

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November 9, 2009 at 4:59 PM

DorobekInsider: What you read for the first week of November 2009 on DorobekInsider, the Daily Debrief, and FederalNewsRadio.com…

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Here are the items you read for the November 1-7, 2009…

on DorobekInsider.com…

  1. DorobekInsider: I’m back from a bout with the flu… and government flu resources
  2. DorobekInsider: UPDATE – Grams to join VA as principal deputy assistant secretary for manageme
  3. DorobekInsider EXCLUSIVE: USDA undertakes extensive management reorg – downgrading the CIO, CF
  4. DorobekInsider: USDA officials offer more details on management reorganization
  5. DorobekInsider: Winners of the 7th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards
  6. DorobekInsider: GovExec exec Matt Dunie exits… and media notes
  7. DorobekInsider: What you read in October 2009 on DorobekInsider, the Daily Debrief, and FederalNewsRadio.com
  8. DorobekInsider: UPDATED – Grams to join VA as principal deputy assistant secretary for management
  9. DorobekInsider: Former USDA CIO Chistopherson lands at SAP, former Food and Drug acting CIO Chapman
  10. DorobekInsider: OMB hires performance guru Shelley Metzenbaum
  11. DorobekInsider: GSA transition leads earn Coalition Partnership recognition
  12. DorobekInsider: Intel on the gov 2.0 front lines – and a new report assessing A-Space

On Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris

  1. Will House healthcare bill affect the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program?
  2. Preview: TSP Snapshot to start Monday
  3. Causey: 2009 a good year for feds
  4. Agency insourcing initative causing a stir in the private sector
  5. Whitepaper outlines identity issues for federal website users
  6. Smithsonian changing its image to appeal to younger Americans
  7. Smithsonian uses innovative collaboration tools to reach out to public
  8. Just don’t call it “pay for performance”
  9. Sorting through the features of the “next-generation” TSP
  10. Your Turn preview: A pay raise in your future?
  11. Friday Afternoon Federal Newscast
  12. NIH to facilitate scientists’ social networking
  13. OPM hopes to lure more military vets into civilian agenices
  14. NIMH entering first phase of largest ever study of suicide in the military
  15. SEA lauds signing of Defense Authorization bill
  16. How visual information systems could help your agency
  17. TSP rides the Wall Street rollercoaster
  18. Phase2 International joins Apps.gov storefront
  19. Study measures return on investment of collaboration tools
  20. Learning more about the Great Federal Employee Initiative
  21. The Daily Debrief Reports: TSP participation continues to increase
  22. Bureau of Land Management gives power to its people
  23. The Next Step for NSPS
  24. Still no cybersecurity czar at the White House
  25. Microsoft Federal focuses on options in the cloud
  26. Measuring the relationship between GSA and DoD
  27. Section: Daily Debrief Blogs
  28. Transparency the buzz word for Obama administration
  29. Demo for new TSP website unveiled at board meeting
  30. Opportunity Tracking: ITSS 4
  31. TSP and FERS tops legislative session
  32. More advantages for disadvantaged businesses
  33. CDT’s recent whitepaper outlines user-centric identity issues in detail
  34. GAO: Cost reimbursement contracts not always best choice for agencies
  35. Va. Rep. Connolly asks for investigation of federal Long Term Care insurance plan
  36. How much do you trust Uncle Sam?
  37. Daily Debrief Reports: No required minimum distributions for your TSP in 2010?
  38. National Security Roundup: 9/11-style terror plot foiled?
  39. Sharing best practices about waste, fraud and abuse could help healthcare costs
  40. Friday Fun Day!
  41. No COLA in 2010 for Social Security
  42. President’s Intelligence Advisory Board gains authority
  43. GovExec turns 40, editor reflects on changes in federal space
  44. Professional Services Council has analysis on OMB’s new contracting guidelines
  45. Ask the CIO preview: NIH assessing how technology impacts biomedical research
  46. New study measures ROI of utilization of advanced collaboration tools
  47. DoD releases Open Source memo
  48. H1N1 reaction: lessons learned
  49. Recent roundtable examines federal hiring process

And on FederalNewsRadio.com

  1. OPM’s Berry deals out first set of civil service reform suggestions
  2. OPM proposes reinvestigation rule for certain employees
  3. Bonasaro: Attracting young blood to the Senior Executive Service a must
  4. House panel casts leery eye toward TSP mutual fund option
  5. TSP: Most funds down for October but up for year
  6. Two new programs on the way to improve recruitment, retention
  7. How health care legislation on Capitol Hill could affect you
  8. OPM sets new policy to make ‘burrowing’ harder
  9. Transition out of NSPS begins
  10. Archives officials grilled on the Hill over missing data drives
  11. White House cuts federal pay raise
  12. Sen. Collins says no to WH cybersecurity coordinator
  13. Feds find it isn’t easy being transparent
  14. OFPP calls on agencies to use EVM more often on non-IT projects
  15. FAA gives 245 small firms preferred contracting status
  16. Agency use of cost reimbursement contracts skyrockets, GAO finds
  17. GSA seeks to green all that it touches
  18. Advice for FERS employees scared about retirement
  19. NSPS over and FERS Flu cured, Senate Passes Defense Authorization Bill
  20. White House cybersecurity coordinator still unnamed after five months
  21. DHS to host EAGLE II industry day
  22. NSPS another step closer to ending; FERS ‘flu’ cure a “done deal”
  23. Agency cybersecurity reporting to get makeover
  24. Federal News Radio Reports
  25. Some insurance companies leave Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan as Open Season approaches
  26. Senate confirms Ferriero to be next Archivist
  27. GAO: Feds needs to do better job of recycling computers, electronics
  28. DoD deputy CIO explains recently released open source memo
  29. White House Cybersecurity coordinator still unnamed after five months
  30. How to work around FEHBP’s fewer choices and higher costs
  31. Senate committee increases civilian pay raise to 2.9 percent for 2010
  32. DoD makes NSPS pay raise equal to GS employees
  33. OMB wants to change the tone of management
  34. GSA releases FY 2010 per diem rates
  35. President restores authority of Intelligence Advisory Board; appoints co-chairs
  36. OPM offers little relief for long-term health care increases
  37. OPM shops for a culture change
  38. International Spy Museum offers grim, sobering warning on cybersecurity
  39. OPM to create pools of qualified applicants
  40. No COLA in 2010 not all bad news
  41. DHS expands use of TSA’s IdeaFactory department-wide
  42. Exclusive Preview of Top 20 Federal Contract Opportunities
  43. DARPA is a groundbreaking agency — again
  44. House committee does not address civilian pay raise for 2010
  45. OPM proposes rule to govern reinvestigations of certain employees
  46. TSA nominee faces Senate scrutiny
  47. OMB’s Zients stakes out acquisition reform plans
  48. Senate: Con artists are using stimulus scams to fleece citizens
  49. DHS to recompete unrestricted portion of EAGLE contract
  50. NASA’s Nebula cloud begins hosting USASpending.gov today

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November 9, 2009 at 8:22 AM

DorobekInsider: UPDATE – Grams to join VA as principal deputy assistant secretary for management

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An update on our earlier report about W. Todd Grams, who serves as the chief financial officer at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology and previously served as the chief information officer at the Internal Revenue Service… Grams will actually be the principal deputy assistant secretary for management starting Monday.

Rita Reed, who has been serving in that post, is retiring at the end of February and she will be helping Grams with the transition until she retires.

Here’s what Reed told colleagues about Grams’ position:

Colleagues:

As you may have heard, I will soon be retiring after more than 31 years with VA.  While I am excited about the opportunities the future may present for me, I will miss my VA home and family.  I am very proud to be associated with this great Department and honored to have served with each of you who do so much every day to help the success of VA’s mission.  I am especially pleased to know that I will be succeeded by someone who knows and cares about VA, its business and Mission, and brings a wealth of talent and experience.  He and the VA Leadership asked me to stay for a while to assist in this transition and so I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue in OM through the end of February 2010 as an advisor and assistant.

Please help me welcome W. Todd Grams to OM’s Senior Executive team starting Monday, November 9, 2009.  Mr. Grams will be filling a SES position as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management.  Mr. Grams will be responsible for overseeing Departmental resource requirements, development and implementing of agency performance measures and financial management activities relating to VA programs and operations.  This includes managing a Departmental accounting and financial management system that provides for management cost, budgeting and accounting information.  In addition his office will oversee the capital asset management activities that include important new energy initiatives across VA.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Grams served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.  From 2003 through 2006 he served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) where he was responsible for all IRS IT functions nationwide.0 From 2001 to 2003 he was the CFO of the IRS where he was responsible for the accounting of $2 trillion in tax receipts and the oversight of the IRS’ $10 billion operating budget. Under Grams’ leadership the IRS’ achieved its first-ever consecutive years of clean audit opinions while improving the quality and timeliness of financial data.

Prior to joining the IRS, Mr. Grams served at VA from 1994 to 2001, initially as the first CFO of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and then as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Management of the VA.  He served in a variety of positions at the Office of Management and Budget from 1983 to 1994, including appropriations bill tracker, budget examiner, and Chief of the Veterans Affairs Branch.  He began his career at the Bureau of the Census in 1980 as a budget analyst.

In 2006, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service at the IRS. In 2000, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service at the VA. In 1997, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service at the VA.

He graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1980.

Mr. Grams brings to the Office of Management’s executive team leadership and financial experience that will be invaluable as VA implements Transformation 21 and works with you to improve our day-to-day operations.  We are fortunate to have an individual with his talents in this position.

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November 6, 2009 at 1:27 PM

DorobekInsider: UPDATED – Grams to join VA as principal deputy assistant secretary for management

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UPDATE as of 1:20p ETW. Todd Grams, who serves as the chief financial officer at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology and previously served as the chief information officer at the Internal Revenue Service, will actually be the principal deputy assistant secretary for management starting Monday.

Rita Reed, who has been serving in that post, is retiring at the end of February and she will be helping Grams with the transition until she retires.

Here’s what Rita told colleagues about Grams’ position:

Mr. Grams will be filling a SES position as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management. Mr. Grams will be responsible for overseeing Departmental resource requirements, development and implementing of agency performance measures and financial management activities relating to VA programs and operations. This includes managing a Departmental accounting and financial management system that provides for management cost, budgeting and accounting information. In addition his office will oversee the capital asset management activities that include important new energy initiatives across VA.

It sounds like a CFO, but…

 

We are hearing that W Todd Grams, who serves as the chief financial officer at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology and previously served as the chief information officer at the Internal Revenue Service, will join the Department of Veterans Affairs as the acting chief financial officer.

Grams has served mostly in the CFO side of organizations, although before 2001, he served as VA’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Management which included the roles of the Department’s Chief Financial Officer and Senior Procurement Executive.

Here is his bio from NIST

W. Todd Grams
Chief Financial Officer

W. Todd Grams is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. Appointed in July 2006, he is responsible for all NIST-wide administrative offices and functions, including: human resources, information technology, safety, facilities, construction, finance, acquisitions and grants management, budget, and security.

From 2003 through 2006 Grams served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) where he was responsible for all IRS IT functions nationwide. He led the turnaround of the long-struggling business systems modernization program and restructured 15 percent (1,000 positions) of the IT workforce to improve effectiveness and efficiency. From 2001 to 2003 he was the CFO of the IRS where he was responsible for the accounting of $2 trillion in tax receipts and the oversight of the IRS’ $10 billion operating budget. Under Grams’ leadership the IRS’ achieved its first-ever consecutive years of clean audit opinions while improving the quality and timeliness of financial data.

Prior to joining the IRS, Grams served at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from 1994 to 2001, initially as the first CFO of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and then as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Management of the VA. He instituted improved financial discipline over an annual health care budget of $17 billion through a new resource allocation system that significantly reduced patient costs, increased the number of patients treated, and increased the quality of care.

Grams served in a variety of positions at the Office of Management and Budget from 1983 to 1994, including appropriations bill tracker, budget examiner, and Chief of the Veterans Affairs Branch. He began his career at the Bureau of the Census in 1980 as a budget analyst.

In 2006, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service at the IRS. In 2000, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service at the VA. In 1997, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service at the VA. Grams graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1980.

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November 6, 2009 at 11:29 AM