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Lisa Akers
General Services Administration

Lisa Akers, director of the General Services Administration’s Federal Systems Integration and Management (Fedsim) Center, helped lead the agency during a tough year.

Akers built up Fedsim’s business acumen, partly through her volunteer role as vice chairwoman of the 2006 American Council for Technology/Industry Advisory Council’s Voyagers Program for midcareer government and industry information technology and acquisition officials. As executive sponsor of GSA’s $65 billion Alliant program of integrated IT solutions, Akers fostered communication with industry as GSA developed the Alliant requests for proposals.

“Lisa has been instrumental in furthering governmentwide programs such as Alliant and the IAC Voyagers,” said Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of GSA’s Office of Assisted Acquisition Services. “These are two very different programs. Her achievement in both these areas demonstrates her diverse skills and leadership.”


George Albinson
Army

As chief information officer of the Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, George Albinson was quick to offer the Defense Department help from ARDEC when DOD needed sites to test how to use commercial technologies to get incompatible business systems to talk with one another.

By leading an effort known as eNOVA, Albinson helped replace hundreds of incompatible systems with a Web-based knowledge management application that now supports all of ARDEC’s business and personnel functions.

Albinson’s passion drove the development of eNOVA, said Mary Manser, ARDEC’s deputy director. “This has totally changed how ARDEC does things,” she said. “We’re now able to look at a programmatic approach to what we do, and it’s enabled us to be much more strategic in our thinking.”

Manser said eNOVA serves as a model of business transformation for other DOD organizations.


Gary Amelio
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Gary Amelio looked out for retiring feds. As executive director of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, he was responsible for the Thrift Savings Plan portfolio, the primary retirement savings plan for all government and uniformed workers. Amelio implemented life cycle investment funds as a retirement option for feds. He also reduced the plan’s administrative fees to $3 per $10,000 invested, a rate that’s a fraction of comparable privately managed plans.

“It’s an accomplishment that affects a half-million people [on the plan], and over the next four and five years, that number will grow,” said Mark Hagerty, chief information officer at the board.


Col. James Barrineau
Defense Information Systems Agency

Col. James Barrineau, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Army Knowledge Online/Defense Knowledge Online Project Office, expanded the capabilities of AKO as a foundation for an integrated Web portal for Defense Department and military service members.

Barrineau used his combination of technical know-how and negotiating skills to begin transforming the Army’s online knowledge portal, which has 1.8 million users, into one that can benefit all branches of the armed services.

“This is very difficult, to take competing interests and apply a joint viewpoint,” said Lt. Gen. Charles Croom, DISA’s director. “[Jim’s] forte is to take a variety of different viewpoints and help them to come to a common understanding of what they need.”


Wayne Bavry
Homeland Security Department

Combining 22 federal agencies into a single Homeland Security Department was never going to be easy, but the way DHS flunked its Federal Information Security Management Act grades year after year quickly got old.

Bavry, DHS’ information security compliance director, brought order and structure to the department’s compliance process. By the end of 2006, about 94 percent of its major systems and applications had been certified and accredited. The problem, said Robert West, DHS’ chief information security officer, was that for the first years of the department’s existence, there was no common baseline for securing those systems.

Bavry methodically pulled together a set of common definitions that would apply to all the components and set about making sure each agency’s systems agreed with them.

“He got people to buy into the plan and then pushed it through,” West said. “He was persistent and relentless.”


Hari Bezwada
Army

As leader of the Pentagon’s $1.3 billion information technology renovation, Hari Bezwada realized last year that the impending demolition of a room housing computer servers would cause a crisis in the program’s schedule. He quickly crafted a solution: build a basement data center using high-density blade server technology. Bezwada, director of the Army’s IT Systems project office, then pitched the idea to Pentagon leaders and made it into a reality.

“In addition to preventing a crisis for the Pentagon renovation, Mr. Bezwada’s solution opens the door for the way ahead in Pentagon IT,” said Dennis Lucey, vice president at TKC Integration Services.


Donnie Blanks
Perot Systems Government Services

Donnie Blanks, executive vice president of business development at Perot Systems Government Services, led the team that helped turn around the Education Department’s Data Exchange Network (EDEN) when it seemed in danger of failing.

EDEN fell a year behind schedule after four years of development. After damaging audits by the Government Accountability Office and Education’s Office of the Inspector General, EDEN’s program office was closed and the contract put out for bids.

Perot Systems was awarded the $20 million contract in August 2005 to provide support for the program’s ongoing data definition, acquisition, usage, quality and infrastructure, and network enhancements.

As the project advanced, Blanks stepped outside his business development role and took on project management responsibilities, showing exceptional leadership in introducing new information tools and processes to the EDEN project that significantly improved the collection, management and analysis of data.


Robert Blaum
CACI International

Many networks are called mission-critical, but that term could not be more appropriate for the Army’s Promina network in Iraq, which is Robert Blaum’s responsibility.

“It’s a pretty extensive network, and [all communications in Iraq] ride through these Promina nodes,” said Lt. Col. Michael Plummer, the Army’s 67th Signal Battalion commander.

Blaum, who provides technical support for the Army as a network engineer at CACI International, is the only support person who resides in the country. He’s the go-to guy when things go wrong, Plummer said.

Blaum never really gets a day off, Plummer said, because when a node goes down, a site goes down. At any time, Blaum could be asked to pack a bag, get into a helicopter, fly to wherever he’s needed and stay until the job is done.

“Almost any soldier in my command can tell you who CACI Bob is,” Plummer said.


Jean-Paul Boucher
SRA International

Jean-Paul Boucher, director of wireless integration services at SRA International, helped adapt commercial wireless technology for emergency responders and law enforcement officials to use. With his understanding of geospatial collaboration, social networking, mesh networks and pervasive connectivity, he provided essential technical leadership to federal, state and government organizations in a variety of mission-critical areas.

Dan Chenok, vice president of business solution and offerings at SRA, said “Jean-Paul is a visionary. He is able to take the functionality of BlackBerries and personal digital assistants and combine them with very important mission functions that agencies use to serve people in emergency situations.”


Lt. Gen. Steven Boutelle
Army

As the Army’s chief information officer, Lt. Gen. Steven Boutelle had a three-pronged mission: provide the communications soldiers need to fight and survive, transform the Army’s information technology infrastructure, and advocate the importance and power of the network.

Boutelle accomplished his goals in several ways. He led a workshop to educate all senior staff on IT. He also upgraded facilities and equipment at the LandWarNet University at Fort Gordon, Ga., to reflect the changing needs in technology training.

“Lt. Gen. Boutelle is more than a leader,” said Lt. Gen. Charlie Croom, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency. “He is a visionary and knowledge seeker.”


Tina Burnette
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Tina Burnette, director of acquisition for Gulf Coast Recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, led efforts in 2006 to provide relief for victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which devastated large sections of the Gulf Coast in 2005. Under her leadership, FEMA administered 3,879 transactions resulting in $8.44 billion in relief efforts.

While responding to Katrina, Burnette set up an infrastructure to handle future disasters, said Elaine Duke, chief procurement officer at the Homeland Security Department.

“She not only did the contracting requirements for the Gulf Coast region, but she built a field structure to provide permanent contracting resources in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas,” Duke said.


Michael Butler
Defense Department

Michael Butler is no stranger to taking on big tasks. As director for the Defense Department’s Access Card Office, he oversaw the issuance of hundreds of thousands of Common Access Cards to active-duty service members, civilians and contract workers. When the Oct. 26, 2006, deadline approached for government to be ready to issue interoperable smart cards for identification, as mandated by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, Butler assisted the General Services Administration for a six-month stint as governmentwide implementation manager for the cards.

“Mike’s performance in this area has been critical to the success of the presidential initiative,” said Carol Bales, policy analyst at the Office of Management and Budget.


Joseph Capps
Army

As director of enterprise systems technology activity at the Network Enterprise Technology Command, Joseph Capps leads a team of 400 information technology professionals at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., as they put the Army on a solid IT footing for the next century. One of his major accomplishments was the development of the Army Enterprise Network Operations Integrated Architecture (NetOps).

Capps put the NetOps architecture to work by moving ahead with the consolidation of the Army’s computing resources in Area Processing Centers (APCs), bringing savings, efficiency and synchronization.

“The APC NetOps capabilities are fundamentally changing the way the Army information content is provisioned, stored and available to the force,” said Dennis Lucey, a vice president at TKC Integration Services. “The security, flexibility and operations payoff is enormous.”


Kevin Carroll
Army

This marks Kevin Carroll’s seventh and final year as the Army’s program executive officer for enterprise information systems. During his tenure, he brought $3 billion worth of programs into a cohesive information systems modernization plan.

Carroll added several major mission-critical Army programs to PEO-EIS, which quadrupled the number of programs under his leadership.

Carroll’s authentic, nice-guy image and penchant for consensus-building has made PEO-EIS an office that Army customers are eager to deal with. Carroll has a reputation that gives Army managers confidence that their programs will be well-managed, focused and likely to succeed.

“He’s the nicest guy on the face of the earth,” said Bob Guerra, a partner at Guerra Kiviat. “He’s an incredible consensus manager, and he brought together a team of managers at the PEO like never before.”


Gen. James Cartwright
Defense Department

Gen. James Cartwright, commander of the Strategic Command, led Stratcom to use cyberspace as a global field for offensive and defensive operations, and he successfully articulated a strategic vision of the Defense Department’s evolving network-centric operations. Cartwright has operational responsibility for all the networks in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, said Lt.Gen. Steven Boutelle, chief information officer and senior signal officer for the Army and a fellow 2007 Federal 100 Award winner.

“He has taken that role and focused attention on [DOD networks] that was long overdue,” Boutelle said. “I say overdue because the networks had been built out so fast all over the world that there was no senior leader responsible for managing and defending those networks. He has brought four-star attention to that and focused resources across the networks.”


Vickie Cattaneo
Smithsonian Institution

Vickie Cattaneo, director of technical policy, planning and project management, championed the adoption of earned value management at the Smithsonian Institution. Her leadership contributed to the Smithsonian achieving a green rating for e-government on the President’s Management Agenda last year.

“Vickie championed the effort, defining the goal and providing the vision and knowledge of earned value management,” said Deron Burba, director of the Smithsonian’s Office of System Modernization.

She recognized the need for EVM and used her extensive project management experience to implement the tools and procedures to apply EVM to the two largest information technology projects in the Smithsonian’s portfolio.

“It was part collaborative and part holding folks’ feet to the fire,” Burba said.


Alok Chaturvedi
Purdue University

Alok Chaturvedi led a team of researchers who developed the Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulation, a platform for the testing of political, economic and social factors inside a computer simulation. SEAS was an integral part of the Urban Resolve 2015 experiments that the Joint Forces Command orchestrated last year.

DOD will also use SEAS for its upcoming Noble Resolve experiments, which simulate homeland security scenarios. Chaturvedi’s “foresight and leadership led to SEAS being an integral part of the modeling and simulation efforts at JFCOM,” said Eric Dietz, executive director of the Indiana Homeland Security Department.


Alan Chvotkin
Professional Services Council

When dealing with complex government procurement reform proposals put forward by the Acquisition Advisory Panel, known as the SARA panel, it’s good to be focused, industry leaders say. Alan Chvotkin, senior vice president and general counsel at the Professional Services Council, provided that focus for a coalition representing industry’s views on procurement reform.

He went well beyond the call of duty for the SARA panel, writing draft papers and helping coalition members understand the importance of the proposals, said Olga Grkavac, public-sector executive vice president at the Information Technology Association of America.

Chvotkin spent the holidays reading and parsing the detailed 400-page SARA panel report so industry could focus its response on issues of interest to the coalition members, Grkavac said.


Ann Marie Clark
CDW Government

Ann Marie Clark, general manager of public-sector marketing at CDW Government, worked behind the scenes to support the Government Information Technology Executive Council, a member organization of the American Council for Technology. GITEC is an important forum for senior government and industry officials.

“Our objective for 20 years has been to get industry and government IT leaders to share solutions for common problems,” said Mark Hagerty, chief information officer of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board and treasurer of GITEC. “Ann Marie, using the resources of her company and reaching out to her colleagues in industry, has taken on the role of chief campaigner for us.”

“She demands no quid pro quo for her investment of time,” Hagerty said. “She has tremendous energy and a passion for helping out.”


Lt. Col. Edward Clayson
Army

Lt. Col. Edward Clayson, commander and product manager at the Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4), supported combat medical units on the battlefield. MC4 fielded more than 16,000 handheld, laptop and desktop computers to combat medical units serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Clayson said the training and logistical support MC4 provides is the best product the command has fielded. Because he prefers to lead from the front, Clayson spent months in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait to see that combat units’ needs were being met.

Lee Harvey, deputy program executive officer for Army Enterprise Information Systems, said MC4’s presence provides firsthand insights into the needs and requirements of medics and doctors.


Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
Senate

Bush administration officials and lawmakers talk about making departments and agencies transparent and accountable for their actions. A major piece of legislation passed in 2006 will project true transparency onto the Web so that officials and the public can track government spending.

Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, which requires the government to make its spending and grant information available online. Coburn was a driving force behind its passage.

“With Sen. Coburn’s understanding of technology, he knew the information he wanted available for the American taxpayer could be made available in a timely manner…without great cost,” said Karen Evans, the Office of Management and Budget’s administrator for e-government and information technology.


Charles Coe
Education Department

Charles Coe, assistant inspector general for information technology and computer crimes at the Education Department, was one of the leaders in developing guidelines that government agencies now use to protect sensitive information.

Coe also volunteered his time to the Office of Management and Budget to help facilitate agencies’ security reviews. He designed a checklist that all IGs now use when doing their evaluations, which has brought greater consistency to their reviews, said Karen Evans, OMB’s administrator for e-government and IT.

Coe’s involvement also helped OMB push the guidelines though the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency in a timely way, she said.


Col. David Coker
Army

David Coker, program manager for the Army Logistics Modernization Program, led the transformation of the service’s logistics information technology business. He assessed the program’s value for Army leaders and managed its turnaround, said Kevin Carroll, who leads the Army’s Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems.

Coker was responsible for more than 16 logistics systems, including those that provided critical logistics information to commanders in theater, Carroll said.

Coker also had direct responsibility for the Army’s Movement Tracking System to ensure that the proper assets were in the correct locations for U.S. warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Casey Coleman
General Services Administration

Casey Coleman, chief technology officer at the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, had a hand in several major initiatives last year. Her office played an important role in GSA’s Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 initiative, especially in the security certification process, which the department completed in three weeks.

Coleman also led major improvements to GSA’s Advantage and e-Buy programs, making it easier for agencies to track their procurements. Additionally, she took responsibility for improving information security awareness at FAS, which paid off handsomely during recent inspector general audits.

“Casey Coleman’s leadership is an incredible asset for the Federal Acquisition Service,” said FAS Commissioner Jim Williams. “Her personal involvement and direction were instrumental to GSA’s offering of an identity-based HSPD-12 managed service.”

“Casey has repeatedly shown how improved information technology can help us better serve our customers,” he said.


Linda Combs
Office of Management and Budget

Some experts said agencies could never close their financial books in 45 days. But Linda Combs, the Office of Management and Budget’s controller, pushed agencies to meet that deadline. In the process, they reduced improper payments by $9 billion and decreased their material weaknesses by 15 percent.

“Linda gently coaxes and prods agencies, managers and their partners to achieve their aggressive financial-management improvement goals,” said Paul Denett, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. “Linda Combs has more financial-management experience than anyone to ever hold the office of controller.”


James Cook
Mitre

Some policy experts think federally funded research and development centers have a poor record of providing services to government agencies. When James Cook became executive director of Mitre’s Center for Enterprise Modernization (CEM) at the Internal Revenue Service, he had worked on several strategic initiatives for the IRS, and he took a personal interest in the deficiencies of the R&D centers, said Richard Spires, the IRS’ chief information officer.

“Before he came to CEM a couple of years ago, we used it more for augmenting other project teams,” Spires said. “Now they are playing a more strategic and programmatic role, and we are getting some real insight from them.”


Chuck Corjay
CACI International

Chuck Corjay, senior vice president at CACI, is known for his commitment to the defense information technology community and for bringing government and industry officials together to share ideas and solve problems.

“He is a make-it-happen kind of guy,” said Peter Cuviello, vice president of the Business Strategies division at IS&GS.

Corjay spent many hours contributing to AFCEA International programs, especially the organization’s Service IT Days. In 2006, his work helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships and charitable enterprises in the federal IT community.

During Cuviello’s active-duty Army days, he called on Corjay if he needed to get something done. “He takes care of soldiers,” Cuviello said. “That is why he’s in the defense industry business.”


Scott Cragg
Department of Veterans Affairs

The need for better program management in federal information technology acquisition is well understood, but it’s not exactly a popular topic. It takes someone with zeal to take that message to government leaders and get them to listen.

Scott Cragg, associate deputy assistant secretary for IT enterprise architecture management at the VA, carried that message and helped agencies improve their IT and data program management practices.

Cragg’s experience in the Defense Department, where program managers have accountability and authority, developed his passion for program management, said Stan Soloway, president of the Professional Services Council.

“He understands the nexus between program management, acquisition and the technology side of things,” Soloway said. “And he has the incredible energy that’s needed to follow through when people like him these days hardly have a spare second to think.”


Dr. Theresa Cullen
Indian Health Service

Theresa Cullen, chief information officer of the Indian Health Service, provided electronic health records to American Indian tribes by collaborating and bringing together tribes, clinicians and organization executives. The implementation of the Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS), which maintains records of medical information, produced positive results in patient care, said Dean Ross, deputy director of IHS Emergency Services.

“She has brought an effective combination of skills, both in clinical knowledge and informatics. This aggregate knowledge has been essential [in] developing successful programs, such as RPMS,” Ross said.

Cullen used her expertise as a physician and information technology professional to identify how IHS can use health IT to improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Native people, said Charles Havekost, CIO of the Department of Health and Human Services.


Mary Davie
General Services Administration

Mary Davie, an assistant commissioner at the General Services Administration’s Office of Assisted Acquisition Services, led GSA’s strategic sourcing initiatives in 2006. She defined requirements and collated spending and socioeconomic data for each of five commodity areas under the Office of Management and Budget’s strategic sourcing mandate.

“She had the strategic sourcing assignment with all risk factors against her,” said G. Martin Wagner, former acting commissioner and deputy commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service.

“It was an interagency effort with no real teeth behind the mandate and very few agencies with hard-funded requirements,” Wagner said. “It’s hard to get a good deal under those circumstances.”

However, Davie worked with the 23 participating agencies and industry “to get doable deals on which the government could build,” he said.


Kevin Deeley
Justice Department

In a time of heightened fears about cybersecurity, the Justice Department is focused on privacy and data security, and one of the people leading that focus is Kevin Deeley, Justice’s deputy chief information technology security officer.

Deeley spearheaded departmentwide initiatives for protecting data and developed a unified network that led to the creation of the Justice Security Operations Center. He also urged the deployment of software that correlates network event logs.

Vance Hitch, Justice’s chief information officer, said Deeley’s strong suit is his knowledge of the way Justice does business.

“He’s been here long enough to really know the department and the issues involved, and he’s very familiar with the business flows of each component,” Hitch said. “That makes him invaluable in setting the directions that are needed.”


Angela Drummond
SiloSmashers

Angela Drummond, founder and chief executive officer of SiloSmashers, was chairwoman of the successful 2006 inaugural charity gala to benefit Homes for Our Troops, a group that builds and renovates homes for warfighters who return from service with serious injuries. The American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council, which hosted the event, auctioned off opportunities to donate money for various items, such as an accessible shower or a wheelchair ramp.

Danielle Germain, director of operations at ACT and IAC, said Drummond is “a worker bee as opposed to someone who is more of a figurehead.”

Overall, Drummond is the type of leader who likes to build a team based on strengths, Germain said. But “she’s also very good at recognizing weaknesses — maybe where things are falling behind or people aren’t quite getting accomplished what needs to get done — and identifying how to backstop that or fill those gaps,” she added.


James Duffey Jr.
EDS

James Duffey, general manager of EDS’ U.S. Public Sector, made a difference in the federal information technology community by serving on the board of directors of the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund, which serves disadvantaged young people. Duffey also was director of the EDS Foundation, which delivered $50,000 to Hoop Dreams in 2006.

“He and his wife are really involved…and not at a superficial level,” said Olga Grkavac, executive vice president of the public-sector group at the Information Technology Association of America.

At the corporate level, Duffey was instrumental in EDS’ support for small businesses. Under his leadership, EDS fostered mentor relationships that helped small businesses become established in the federal market.


Blaise Durante
Air Force

Blaise Durante directs planning and analysis for the $210 billion Air Force Research, Development and Modernization program in his role as deputy assistant secretary for acquisition integration. He is also co-chairman of the Acquisition and Sustainment Action Process Council, which has the lead role in Air Force acquisition reforms.

Durante launched several initiatives for improving acquisition management. One of them is a new process re-engineering philosophy for the Air Force.

“Mr. Durante is a vocal and persistent champion of real change in acquisition in general with specific impact on IT,” said G. Martin Wagner, former deputy commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service. “His impact has been felt from the greater Air Force level all the way down to individual programs.”

 

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