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2009 Federal 100 Awards Gala… in Barry-vision

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I mentioned that I got to attend the 1105 Government Information Groups/Federal Computer Week’s 20th annual Federal 100 Awards Gala last night.

Each year for the past few years, I have asked GTSI’s Leslie Barry to be our photographer… and she does such a great job.

I have posted a selection here… but all of the photos are on my Flickr page herethe slideshow can be found here.

GAO's Hite, GTSI's Barry, and the DorobekInsider

GAO's Hite, GTSI's Barry, and the DorobekInsider

NASA's Cureton -- celebrating her birthday -- and the DorobekInsider

NASA's Cureton -- celebrating her birthday -- and the DorobekInsider

GAO's Hite, 1105's Armstrong, and ConnellyWork's Connelly

GAO's Hite, 1105's Armstrong, and ConnellyWork's Connelly

The Wennergren's

The Wennergren's

Microsoft's Carlson and IAC's Steele

Microsoft's Carlson and IAC's Steele

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March 27, 2009 at 1:29 PM

2009 Federal 100 Award: Big awards to Molly O’Neill, Brad Boston

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Last night was Federal Computer Week’s 20th annual Federal 100 Awards Gala recognizing the 100 people who have made a difference in government IT in the past year. You can read the profiles of the winners from FCW here.

Molly O'Neill

Molly O'Neill

Each year, FCW selects two people — one government, one industry — as the firsts among equals are given FCW’s Eagle Award. These are the two people who have gone above and beyond among those who have gone above and beyond.

The government Eagle Award winner is somebody who I nominated for the award : former EPA CIO Molly O’Neill. O’Neill has been simply remarkable at EPA. As I mentioned earlier, EPA has been really innovative in how it uses technology to reach out to its multitude of constituents. They really were out when Peacock was the first government official to post a blog… there with the Puget Sound initiative two years ago… and they have only pressed further. The most remarkable thing about EPA — and EPA’s leadership — is they fostered an innovative environment where people were not afraid to try something new. O’Neill was awarded the Eagle by Defense Department Deputy CIO Dave Winnergren, and it was nice to hear that his comments mirrored my thoughts. [On Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, we spoke to O’Neill as part of our “exit interview” series. You can hear that conversation here.]

An excerpt of O’Neil’s FCW write-up:

She is best known for her role as a Web 2.0 visionary, helping her colleagues at EPA and elsewhere to understand how that emerging technology might apply to government. But in 2008, she also served as chairwoman of the CIO Council’s Architecture and Infrastructure Committee. Among other tasks, she played a critical role in getting agency support for the concept of developing segmented architectures.

Cisco's Brad Boston

Cisco's Brad Boston

The industry winner of the industry 2009 Eagle Award is Brad Boston, Cisco Systems senior vice president of Global Government Solutions and Corporate Security Programs. Here is a part of Boston’s write-up in FCW’s 2009 Fed 100 issue:

Boston advises governments on best practices and technologies and has campaigned to improve government certification of information assurance tools.

He led an effort at Combined Endeavor 2008 to develop new international standards that support radio interfaces, and he helped develop space-basedIP networking to improve communications among space assets.

The 1105 Government Information Group President’s Award was awarded to Dinah F.B. Cohen, the Defense Department’s director of the computer/electronic accommodations program. A part of her FCW write-up:

Cohen created DOD’s first online service to provide needs assessments and assistive technology for disabled federal employees.

Cohen developed the program to serve as a one-stop shop for those who need the services. It also serves wounded members of the military.

Photos thanks to GTSI’s Leslie Barry, who did a great job being the DorobekInsider photographer. I’ll get the rest of them posted next.

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March 26, 2009 at 10:46 AM

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GSA CFO Turco awarded Scantlebury Award

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GSA CFO Kathleen Turco has been awarded the 2009 Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Award.

From the release:

Chief Financial Officer Kathleen Turco was recently named as this year’s recipient of the Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Award. The award is the highest recognition given to government executives who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and significant improvements in financial management in the public sector.

Turco was honored during the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program’s (JFMIP) Federal Financial Management Conference on March 12.
JFMIP is a cooperative undertaking of the Department of Treasury, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Personnel Management and the Government Accountability Office. The agencies work to improve and coordinate financial management policies and practices throughout the government. Turco’s award signifies due recognition for her continuous leadership in financial management, and for having been principally responsible for significant economies, efficiencies and improvements in the government.

Turco’s bio…

Kathleen M. Turco was appointed the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on August 5, 2002.

In her capacity as the agency’s CFO, she provides enterprise-wide leadership for strategic planning, financial and budgetary analysis, performance budgeting, portfolio management, systems life cycle management, business case methodology and internal control processes and procedures. She provides the executive leadership and direction in administering the GSA’s Performance Management Process including the agencywide strategic planning, performance budgeting, financial management, and the core financial management system. She serves as principal advisor to the GSA Administrator on federal financial management, ensuring compliance with financial policies governing the $17 billion in financial activity for federal buildings, acquisition management, citizen services and governmentwide policy.

The GSA Office of the CFO (OCFO) is an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) designated Financial Management Line of Business (FMLoB) Shared Services Provider (SSP). OCFO offers “corporate” shared financial management services to GSA and more than 50 external customers by providing: high quality financial management services including strategic planning; budget and performance management; labor forecasting and distribution; financial analysis; financial operations (accounts payable, accounts receivable, cost allocation, asset management); ePayroll; travel management (E-Gov Travel), charge card (travel and purchase), financial reporting; internal controls and audit follow-up.

Ms. Turco came to GSA from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). At IRS she served as the Director of Financial Policy, Planning and Programs in the Office of the Chief Information Officer from 2001 to 2002 and was the IRS’ Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Strategic Planning and Budgeting where she directed the IRS strategic planning and budgeting from 1998 to 2002.

Prior to IRS, Ms. Turco was an examiner at the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Management and Budget for 10 years. She began her career with the Department of Education.

Ms. Turco was the recipient of a 2006 Presidential Rank Award as a meritorious executive and the 2008 Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Award for Distinguished Leadership in Financial Management Improvement. She is a member of U.S. Chief Financial Officers Council and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy’s Cost Accounting Standards Board.

Ms. Turco has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in business administration from the University of West Florida.

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March 24, 2009 at 3:51 PM

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The CIO Council’s 2009 Azimuth Award goes to… Marty Wagner and Symantec’s John Thompson

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At the end of FOSE, the CIO Council holds an awards dinner to present its Azimuth Award. The Azimuth is essentially the compass on a boat that guides people. And so the CIO Council’s Azimuth Award is given to somebody who guides the community.

The Azimuth Award is not well known but is prestigious because it comes from the federal CIO Council. And the roster of winners is impressive. Back when I was working for Government Computer News, I got to attend the ceremony for the first Azimuth Award to John Koskinen, who at the time was leading the U.S. efforts for Y2K. (GCN seems to no longer have the story in their archives.)

Earlier this month, at the end of FOSE, the CIO Council quietly held the Azimuth Award ceremony — a lunch this year. There are two awards given out each year: one to a government person, and one to an industry person. The industry winner this year was John Thompson, chief executive officer of Symantec. (Thompson has been widely rumored for a number of positions in the Obama administration, including Commerce Secretary at one point.)

The government award, however, went to G. Martin Wagner, known by most people in the government space as Marty.

Earlier this month on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, I was reporting on the award… and frankly, I got a bit overcome with my own emotions. And last week, we spoke to John Sindelar , client industry executive at EDS, an HP company, most recently, he lead GSA’s Office of Governmentwide Policy, and he is one of Wagner’s best friends. You can hear that conversation here.

As many people know, Wagner retired from government a few years ago after a long and distinguished government career most recently at the General Services Administration. He then joined the IBM Center for the Business of Government, which is such a perfect spot for him.

Last July, Wagner was on the roof of his home in Arlington, VA trimming his prized trees — and he fell. He was essentially in a coma for what felt like months.

But he’s now doing much better. While he isn’t 100 percent, he is able to recognize people in ways that he was not able to before.

Wagner has been such a valuable part of the government IT community — somebody who was never a CIO, I might add. Marty is the thinker. And he is a true leader. He knew how to motivate people and keep the ball moving in the government sphere — something that can be difficult to do. Wagner always presses people yet is never a contrarian. And he enlists incredible amount of loyalty.

I was so pound of the CIO Council for recognizing Wagner… and our thoughts continue to be with Marty and his family.

FCW has more on the 2009 Azmeth Awards here.

Keep going Marty.

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March 23, 2009 at 1:45 PM

ConnellyWorks’ A.J. Guenther scores AFCEA recognition

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ConnellyWorks' A.J. Guenther

ConnellyWorks' A.J. Guenther

Big kudos and congratulations to ConnellyWork’s A.J. Guenther who has been honored with the regional distinguished Young AFCEAN of the Year award for the DC-metro region.

The award was given at AFCEA West 2009 conference in San Diego, Calif. last week.

And excerpt from the release:

Guenther has been actively serving AFCEA DC for more than seven years. He was integral in establishing the Young AFCEAN Program within the DC Chapter and in 2001 became the youngest board member elected in chapter history.

“A.J. is a tireless advocate for AFCEA DC,” said Warren Suss, President of AFCEA DC. “His can-do attitude and willingness to pitch in on any and all tasks has made an invaluable impact on our chapter. From day one he has provided the insight and the energy necessary, not only to enhance our reputation, but to increase our impact. I am proud to serve alongside him on the board and thank him for his service.”

I have known Guenther for… years. When I started at Federal Computer Week nearly a decade ago, he was a young marketing guy. He is now director of Public Relations atConnellyWorks. He is a class act and the recognition is well deserved. Congratulations.

Read the full release after the break.

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February 14, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Posted in awards, Circuit

FCW’s 2009 Federal 100 Awards

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We’ve been tracking winners of Federal Computer Week’s 2009 Federal 100 Awards have been posted. The annual Federal 100 Awards Gala — the 20th anniversary of that event — will take place March 25.

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February 13, 2009 at 4:40 PM

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Fed 100 winner: Scott Burns

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fed100webPeople have been crowdsourcing Federal Computer Week’s 2009 Federal 100 Awards winner list. Earlier, we’ve reported on…

* Robert Carey of the Department of the Navy
* Teresa Carlson of Microsoft
* Frank DiGiammarino of the National Academy of Public Administration
* Molly O’Neill , formerly of the EPA
* Mary McCaffery of the EPA

Add another deserving name: Scott Burns , chief executive officer and co-founder of GovDelivery, which provides e-mail and digital subscription services for the public sector.

Burns has created a agile company that helps agencies reach out to citizens. I first met him at ACT/IAC’s Executive Leadership Conference about two years ago on a panel with Harvard Prof. and FCW columnist Steve Kelman and was impressed with his insights. I had him write a column for FCW last year — and had him on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris in October talking about the other ways that agencies can reach out to citizens. (The audio apparently didn’t make the transfer over with our new Web site. I’ll try to hunt it down.)

Burns is a very insightful person — and I can’t wait to read FCW’s Fed 100 issue in March to get the details.


Meanwhile, you can read Burns’ blog herefollow him on Twitter herefriend him on Facebook here… and read his July 2008 FCW column, The Not So Invisible Hand, here.

It’s a new world where government Web managers can take advantage of the best technologies available from industry with less risk and lower cost. Now is the time to give them more authority and encouragement, not limit a role that is starting to prove incredibly influential across government. The Princeton paper has some good ideas, but it’s off the mark.

Read the full column.

I’m also hearing that DC CTO and someday-to-be-named OMB administrator of e-government and IT Vivek Kundra is also a Fed 100 winner, but I don’t have that confirmed yet.

The annual Federal 100 Awards Gala — the 20th anniversary of that event — will take place March 25… but the full list should be posted soon at

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February 13, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Posted in awards, Circuit