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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

DorobekInsider: Winners of the 7th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards

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I mentioned that earlier this week, I was at the Coalition for Government Procurement’s Excellence in Partnership awards. Last night, the winners of the 7th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards were announced. The GWGCA’s are presented by Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce’s Greater Washington GovCon Council, the Professional Services Council and Washington Technology magazine.

Washington Technology reports:

Four companies and three executives were honored for their achievements during the past year at the annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards program Wednesday night.

The seven winners were picked from 36 finalists in seven categories…

As part of the annual dinner, Al Nashman, former president of Computer Sciences Corp.’s federal business, received the hall of fame award for contributions during his career. Nashman, retired from CSC in 1992 after 27 years and is widely credited with creating the business model for government information technology contractors.

Read the full story.

The full list of winners:

Contractor of the Year
(less than $25 million)
Dovel Technologies

Contractor of the Year
($25 to $75 million)
High Performance Technologies

Contractor of the Year
($75 to $300 million)
Whitney, Bradley & Brown

Contractor of the Year
(greater than $300 million)
CACI International

Executive of the Year
(less than $75 million)
Jerry Torres, Torres A E Solutions

Executive of the Year
($75 to $300 million)
Bill Hoover, American Systems Corporation

Executive of the Year
(greater than $300 million)
Sudhakar Kesavan, ICF International

Public Sector Partners
David Drabkin, GSA

Hall of Fame Inductee
Al Nashman, Former Executive, CSC

Get more information from the Professional Services Council here.

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November 5, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Posted in awards, Circuit, Industry

DorobekInsider: GSA transition leads earn Coalition Partnership recognition

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The Coalition for Government Procurement Tuesday night handed out its 10th annual Excellence in Partnership Awards at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. I was honored to be asked to speak at the event. More on that a bit later.

The night’s big award — Government/Industry Partnership Alliance Award, which is only given out in years when there is somebody who rises to the challenge — was given to two leaders who led the presidential transition initiative for the General Services Administration, which, by all accounts, went exceedingly well. The two winners:

* Ed O’Hare, who is now the head of GSA Federal Acquisition Service’s Integrated Technology Services, but was one of the leaders of the transition team.
* Timothy O. Horne, GSA, Rocky Mountain Region

The other winners:

Category: GSA Customer Agencies

Best Use of Cooperative Purchasing

Jill Klaskin Press, Miami-Dade County, Department of Procurement

Most Effective Use of FAS in Support of its Critical Mission

DoD – Defense Information Systems Agency Program Management Office for Commercial Satellite Communications PEO STS

Civilian – Marc A. Joseph, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service

Loyal User Award

DHS, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Acquisition Mgmt – Dallas Office

Lifetime Achievement Award

Beth Campbell, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Category: GSA

Most Innovative Acquisition Center
FEDSIM Civilian Acquisition Group

Most Effective Contracting Officer or Project Manager
Robert Woodside, Administrative Services Acquisition Branch, National Administrative Services and Office Supplies Acquisition Center, FAS, GSA

Most Active Marketing Organization
Christine Lundstrom, GSA FAS National Publications Center

Best New Negotiator
Bounce Quarry, Federal Acquisition Service

Lifetime Achievement Award (tie)
Rebecca Koses, Acquisition Operations, Office of Travel, Motor Vehicles and Card Services
Harry W. Butler, III, GSA Office of Customer Accounts and Research

Category: Industry

Most Valuable Schedule Contractor
Raytheon GSA PMO

Most Innovative Small Business
Source One Distributors

Most Successful Newcomer
Highland Engineering, Inc.

Green Contractor Award
CamelBak Products, LLC

Lifetime Achievement Award
Gary Barth, Canon USA
Carolyn Alston, Washington Management Group

Written by cdorobek

November 5, 2009 at 2:26 PM

DorobekInsider: Former GSAer John C. Johnson wins ACT/IAC’s 2009 Franke award

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There are a lot of awards out there. One of the more prestigious of those awards is the John J. Franke Jr. award, given out by the American Council on Technology and the Industry Advisory Council (ACT/IAC) each year at the Management of Change conference.

The year’s winner was John C. Johnson, who recently retired from his post as GSA Federal Acquisition Service’s Assistant Commissioner for the Federal Acquisition Service’s Integrated Technology Services, which oversees some of the government’s biggest and most important contracts including the GSA schedule contracts, GSA’s governmentwide telecommunications contracts such as Networx , and GSA’s governmentwide acquisition vehicles , including the Alliant mega-contract. Johnson joined Deep Water Point Consulting.

Ira Hobbs, the former Treasury Department CIO and the 2003 winner of the Franke award, did a remarkable job setting the tone. (Hobbs so often does a remarkable job setting the tone.) Hobbs noted that he had the pleasure of working forFranke while he was at the Agriculture Department. Franke had battled with cancer, but “he did so in a way that gave strength to other people dealing with the same disease.”

Hobbs noted that Franke made mentoring a priority. When Hobbs as a presidential management intern and Franke was the assistant secretary for administration — “back when they were God like figures” — Franke would invite the interns to a regular lunch and he would talk to them about their experiences and challenges. Hobbs noted that the room was filled with people were were trying to make it in the world, andFranke — in words and in actions — illustrated that strong leaders focus on the people who help you be successful.

Karen Evans, the former administrator of e-government and information technology at the Office of Management and Budget and the 2008 Franke award winner, noted that Johnson had helped with many of the big initiatives, even incorporating security provisions into the Networx telecommunication contract.

Johnson called the recognition a “tremendous honor” and the culmination of a 34 year government career. “This symbolizes what we have accomplished together.”

I had Johnson on Federal News Radio’s Government IT Solutions Spotlight just before he left government — an exit-interview, if you will. You can hear that here.

Read the ACT/IAC press release here [Scribd Flash verion] or here [PDF].

More on the Franke award from ACT/IAC:

The award is presented each year in memory of John J. Franke, an Assistant Secretary for Management in the Department of Agriculture under President Reagan, and later the first Director of the Federal Quality Institute. He started as a successful small businessman in the State of Kansas, served as County Commissioner in Johnson County, and later moved into regional government in Kansas City. Mr. Franke died in 1991 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mr. Franke is remembered as an appointee who recognized the key role of information systems in the management of government, and his interest in the information management community extended beyond his own work. He encouraged his managers to take an active role in government-wide organizations such as ACT, participated in conferences to learn how information systems could help make government more effective, and challenged those in the field to do things smarter and faster.

Previous winners have included:

2003: Ira Hobbs
2006: Dave Winnergren
2007: Kevin Carroll
2008: Karen Evans

If there is a more comprehensive list, let me know and I’ll get it posted.

Written by cdorobek

June 3, 2009 at 9:01 AM

DorobekInsider: GSA’s Dorris, Army’s Sorenson, HP’s Hempfield earn AFCEA Bethesda award nods

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The second annual AFCEA Bethesda, MD Chapter Government-wide Initiatives Excellence Awards have been announced.

The three big winners:

* Outstanding Achievement Award – Civilian Government: GSA’s Martha Dorris
* Outstanding Achievement Award – Defense Department: Army CIO LTG Jeffrey Sorenson
* Outstanding Industry Award: HP Federal vice president Tom Hempfield

They also have a strong of other winners, including EPA’s Jeff Levy and Steve Ressler, a DHS employee and the founder of GovLoop among others.

The full list can be found here [PDF] or below.

The awards will be handed out on May 27 at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. More information and registration is here .

AFCEA Bethesda Chapter Government-wide Initiatives Excellence
Award Winners for 2009

Awards to an individual or group of individuals (group award)who have made significant contributions to activities which have significance beyond their agency or organization and provide efficiencies, effectiveness, or otherwise support Government-wide initiatives in an outstanding manner.

TO BE PRESENTED
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
AFCEA Bethesda Chapter
Annual Excellence Awards Luncheon
Willard InterContinental Hotel
Washington, D.C.

Registration and Information: click here

Outstanding Achievement Award – Civilian Government

This is AFCEA Bethesda Chapter’s highest civilian Government award presented to the civilian Government leader who has exemplified outstanding management to achieve efficiencies, effectiveness and provide leadership to formulate Government-wide initiatives in an outstanding manner that achieve results for our citizens.

Martha A. Dorris
Deputy Associate Administrator
Office of Citizen Services and Communications
General Services Administration (GSA)

Outstanding Achievement Award – Department of Defense

AFCEA Bethesda Chapter’s highest Department of Defense award presented to a Department of Defense leader who has exemplified outstanding management to achieve government-wide efficiencies and program effectiveness. In addition this award honors proven leadership in delivering demonstrable results for our warfighters and the nation.

LTG Jeffrey Sorenson
Chief Information Officer/G-6
US Department of the Army

Outstanding Industry Award
AFCEA Bethesda Chapter’s highest Industry award presented to a business executive who has made Government a priority in their business and delivered outstanding contributions to government-wide initiatives.

Tom Hempfield
Vice President
HP Federal

Five Pillar Awards
Awards in Recognition of the Highest Level of Achievement in the areas known as the “OMB Five Pillars”. This recognition is for work performed during 2008 – 2009 which demonstrated prior accomplishments supportive of the new OMB areas of focus. This category series was established this year in support of the OMB, Office of eGovernment and Information Technology.

I. Lowering the Cost of Government Award (Improving the Management of Government)

Adam Goldberg
Acting Comptroller
Office of Financial Management
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

II. Transparency Award – Open Government

for Regulations.gov
Linda Travers
Acting Assistant Administrator
Office of Environmental Information
EPA
and
Michael Flynn
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator,
Office of Environmental Information
EPA

III. Engaging Citizens Award (to include Collaboration and Openness)
Co-chairs of the Social Media Committee, Federal Web Managers Council
Jeffrey Levy (Editor’s note: Levy was one on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Meet the Innovator series. Hear that conversation here.)
Director of Web Communications
Office of Public Affairs
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

and
Joyce Bounds
Director for Veterans Health Administration’s Web Communications Office Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

IV. Innovation Award
Kirit Amin
Chief Information Officer Bureau of Consular Affairs
Director – Office of Consular Systems and Technology
US Department of State (DoS CA)

V. Safe Computing Environment
Melissa Hathaway
Acting Senior Director for Cyberspace
National Security and Homeland Security Councils

Government-wide Initiative Awards:

Green Computing: Environmental Stewardship Award
William (Will) Garvey
Chair
Interagency Environmental Leadership Workingroup
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Technology Management Award
Darius Taylor
Deputy Associate Chief Information Officer
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Government-wide Enterprise Architecture Award
Kshemendra Paul
Chief Architect
Office of eGovernment and Information Technology
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Health Information Systems Award
Tommy J. Morris
Acting Director
Office of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
for Force Health Protection & Readiness Programs
Department of Defense (DOD)

Social Media Award

Steve Ressler
Founder GovLoop.com

Industry Award
Presented to the business executive who has made outstanding contributions to government-wide initiatives
Tom Hempfield
Vice President
HP Federal

Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions to Aid in the Country’s Economic Recovery
John Murphy
Recovery.gov V1.0 Operations Manager
General Services Administration (GSA)
and
Dominic K. Sale –
eGov Portfolio Manager
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

These awards will be presented at the
AFCEA Bethesda Chapter Annual Excellence Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Willard InterContinental Hotel
Washington, D.C.

Written by cdorobek

May 20, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Posted in awards, Circuit, Technology

DorobekInsider.com: BayBridge360 wins the govt Webbie; NASA.gov wins the ‘people’s choice’

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webby_logoThe 2009 Webbie Awards have been announced — for those who don’t know, these are the preeminent online awards.

The Webbies have scores of categories. One category each year, however, is government.

This year’s winner is something called BayBridge360, a remarkable site developed by San Francisco-based Words Pictures Ideas. The site provides information about the renovation of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge — legally the James “Sunny Jim” Rolph Bridge — is the much less famous of The City’s bridges. That being said, the Bay Bridge is more heavily traveled… and is actually older then the infamous Golden Gate Bridge.

BayBridge360.org

BayBridge360.org

All of that being said, the Bay Bridge, originally built in 1933, is being upgraded, and BayBridge360 is the site for information about that renovation. [You can see the video about the project here.]

I think you’ll agree that the site is just remarkable, providing information in an elegant yet rich and fulfilling way.

I should note that the 2009 people’s choice Webbie award is perennial Webbie favorite NASA.gov, which has always done a remarkable job with its Web site.

The full list of finalists:
20090506-webbies-govt
BayBridge360 (designed by Words Pictures Ideas)
http://baybridge360.org/

GovernmentDocs.org — Community Government Document Review System (designed by Washington, DC-based New Signature)
http://www.governmentdocs.org/

Mision Ecologica (designed by Muscatine, IA-based IA Interactive)
http://misionecologica.com.mx/

NASA Web Site (designed by NASA)
http://www.nasa.gov

US Holocaust Memorial Museum (designed by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum)
http://blogs.ushmm.org/worldiswitness

Just a brief aside: The folks from the Holocaust Museum were one of Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s early Meet the Innovators. In our conversation, they mention the World Is Witness project. Hear that conversation here … and find all of our Meet the Innovator series here.

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May 6, 2009 at 6:37 AM

DorobekInsider.com: Steve Ressler — GovLoop’s 10K man… and counting

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GovLoop, the remarkable social networking site built specifically for govies, hit a simply remarkable milestone this week — 10,000 members. (When I just checked, it was up to 10,412.)

Steve Ressler (photo by Matthew Borkoski)

Steve Ressler (photo by Matthew Borkoski)

GovLoop was launched less than a year ago by Steve Ressler. Ressler is a young fed who does his GovLoop work in his hown time. I’ve posted the GovLoop press release below, and the release notes that there are some big names among the GovLoop membership — GSA CIO Casey Coleman… White House director of new media Macon Phillips… but in the end, it is the numbers that I find remarkable:

GovLoop members have written over 1,500 blogs, started 1,200 discussions, posted over 450 events, shared 4,000+ photos and created over 200 videos.

In the end, people are using it. There is a new Acquisition 2.0 group that has formed. People are using it. Really remarkable stuff.

As I noted soon after I started the DorobekInsider, I first met Ressler as part of Federal Computer Week’s Rising Star awards program. And, as I said back then, ff you want to have faith in the “next generation,” you simply have to make it a point to talk toRessler. I don’t admit to be objective here. I was so impressed with Ressler, that when FCW created the Rising Star awards program three years ago — these are award that recognize the next generation of government leaders — we put Ressler on the cover… and featured him and his step-sister in the magazine. So I still try to claim to have discovered him.

But in the end, he’s the one who has done it — and he won his second Fed 100 award this year for that work. (More here.) And I’d keep an eye on him. He is passionate about public service. He has a good head on his holders. And he has a remarkable moral compass. And he is an intent listener — and he soaks up knowledge. And I think that is what, in the end, makesGovLoop successful — and unique. It isn’t just a ‘get rich’ scheme. Ressler’s goal is to create an environment where people can collaborate to the benefit of government.

Simply remarkable.

So… congratulations to Steve… and if you’re not a member, go here

GovLoop, the “Facebook for Feds,” Reaches 10,000 Users in Less Than a Year
Watch Out Washington! Young Fed Topples Silos 04.29.2009 – Washington, D.C. – April 29th, 2009 – GovLoop (http://govloop.com), an online community created for and by government employees, announced today it has signed up its 10,000th member less than a year after launching. Dubbed by some as a “Facebook for Feds,” GovLoop brings together government employees from the U.S. and other nations to discuss ideas, share best practices and create a community dedicated to the betterment of government.

A revolution is happening in government as the result of a new generation of government employees, the rise of Web 2.0 technologies, and the Obama administration’s focus on transparency, participation, and collaboration. This revolution is often called “Government 2.0” andGovLoop is at the center of this movement. The social network was developed by Steve Ressler, a 28-year old federal employee from Tampa, Fla. who is also a co-founder of Young Government Leaders ( http://youngovernmentleaders.org). Fed up with the silos that existed across government agencies, including artificial barriers between levels of government, rank and age,Ressler believed there had to be a better way to share information, so he launched GovLoop.com in June 2008.

The only social network for government employees, the site offers a safe place for the government community to connect, share best practices, and ideas to improve government.GovLoop is smashing the age-old silos that existed between federal agencies and facilitating dialogue that has never existed before between state, local and international government agencies. Members range from CIOs such as Casey Coleman, CIO at GSA, political appointees such as Macon Phillips, White House Director of New Media, dozens of city managers to brilliant government innovators all across levels of U.S. government. And it doesn’t stop there; over 500 International government thought leaders from New Zealand, the U.K., Canada, Germany and Hong Kong have joined the dialogue as well.

The open, accelerated flow of information on GovLoop has led to the rapid replication of ideas and best practices across all levels of government, assisting in improved government operations and performance. For example, a California City Attorney’s Office was able to set up an official government social media presence in a matter of days instead of months by leveraging the best practices and experiences of the state of Massachusetts, which was shared onGovLoop.

Since its launch, GovLoop members have written over 1,500 blogs, started 1,200 discussions, posted over 450 events, shared 4,000+ photos and created over 200 videos.

GovLoop members have already:
• Developed a burgeoning “Acquisition 2.0” movement to employ innovative acquisition methods
• Been the leading source of government input into the Obama Administration’s Open Government Memo
• Established a repository of best practices on items including Social Media Policies, Government Hiring and Government Twitter Use
• Launched a top-rated podcast “Gov 2.0 Radio” (http://gov20radio.com) with guests like Tim O’Reilly (founder of O’Reilly media, http://oreilly.com) and Craig Newmark (founder of Craig’s List, http://craigslist.com)
• Helped GovLoop.com win the prestigious Federal 100 award and stand as a finalist for the 2009 ACT Intergovernmental Solutions Award

Starting May 4th, GovLoop will continue the spirit of government collaboration by hosting the official online dialogue for Public Service Recognition Week (May 4th – May 10th). Participants across the U.S. are encouraged to share their experiences of the week and suggest ideas to improve government. To participate in the conversation joinGovLoop and the Public Service Recognition Week group ( http://govloop.com/group/psrw).

As such, GovLoop welcomes all members of the government community to join the conversation at GovLoop.com, the premier social network for government employees.

Written by cdorobek

April 30, 2009 at 6:32 PM