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AWARDS

A who’s who of former federal information technology leaders joined in recognizing this year’s honorees at the Association for Federal Information Resources Management’s annual Executive Leadership Awards at the Capital Hilton June 17.

AFFIRM, a nonprofit professional development group founded in 1979, honored nearly a dozen government officials for outstanding leadership. David McClure, associate administrator of the General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Communications, took top civilian honors for his leadership in governmentwide information resources management. Gary Winkler, the Army's program executive officer for enterprise information systems, took the top defense agency honor. And Donna Morea, president of CGI's U.S., India, Europe and Asia business, was the top industry executive.

Here are some of the other IT leaders to receive awards at the ceremonies.

For Service to the Citizen: Jeffrey Levy, acting director of the Office of Web Communications and associate administrator of public affairs at the Environmental Protection Agency, and H. Giovanni Carnaroli, associate chief information officer of IT policy oversight at the Transportation Department.

For Acquisition and Procurement: Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of the Office of Assisted Acquisition Services at the General Services Administration.

For Service to the Country: Henry Chao, chief technology officer at the Office of Information Services at the Health and Human Services Department's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

For Innovative Applications: Michelle Whitehead, chief logistics officer of the Veterans Affairs Department's Veterans Integrated Service Network, and Lt. Col. William Moschelle, program manager of the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support-Wholesale Division at the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia.

For Service to the Government IT Community: Robert Childs, director of the Information Resources Management College at the National Defense University.

For Service Excellence: Jonathan Alboum, chief information officer at the Agriculture Department's Food and Nutrition Service.

The Northern Virginia Technology Council has named the winners of its inaugural Social Media Awards, which honor commercial and government organizations that implement innovative social media programs.

The winners include:

  • Best Use of Facebook: State Department.
  • Best Use of LinkedIn: Army Contracting Command
  • Best Use of Viral Videos: Neustar.
  • Best Use of a Corporate Blog: Tandberg.
  • Best Integrated Social Media Campaign: Arlington County, Va., Government.

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, in cooperation with the Space Telescope Science Institute, has selected the recipients of the Top Stars award, a NASA-sponsored contest for educators who use imagery from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in science, technology, engineering or mathematics education.

The winners are:

  • Kareen Borders, Lakebay, Wash.: "Mission Hubble! Equipping the Next Generation of Explorers" (middle school).
  • Jacky Byatt, Houston, Texas: "Twenty Years of Hubble" (middle school).
  • Caroline Goode, Framingham, Mass.: "The Magic of Hubble" (informal education).
  • C. Renee James, Huntsville, Texas: "The Life and Death of Bob (aka NGC 6397) in an Introductory College-Level Astronomy Course" (undergraduate).
  • Joan Labay-Marquez, Boerne, Texas: "Playground Planetarium" (elementary school).
  • Carrie Murray, West Chester, Ohio: "Hubble Space Telescope Inspired Research Wiki Pages" (elementary school).
  • AmyJo Proctor, Ron Proctor and Stacy Palen, Ogden, Utah: "Expanded View" (informal education).
  • Stephanie Slater, Timothy Slater and Daniel Lyons, Laramie, Wyo.: "Using HST to Scaffold Student-driven Scientific Inquiry" (undergraduate).
  • Brian Tanner and Dave Brown, Columbus, Ind.: "STS-125 Hubble 'Jr. Mission Experts' Program" (high school).
  • Keith Turner, Carmel, Ind.: "Adopt A Constellation: Final Project" (high school).
  • John Williams, Golden, Colo.: "Hubble Star Cards" (informal education).

For more information, go to topstars.strategies.org.

COMMUNITY

Anthony Tether, who led the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency from 2001 to 2009, has joined the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies as a member of the board of regents. Tether has held numerous senior technology-related positions in government and industry. In addition to leading DARPA, he has served as director of the National Intelligence Office in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and vice president of Science Applications International Corp.’s Advanced Technology Sector.

Martha Morphy, the National Archives and Records Administration’s chief information officer, will retire July 2. U.S. Archivist David Ferriero announced Morphy’s departure and said Deputy CIO Charles Piercy will serve as acting CIO until a permanent replacement is found.

Much of Morphy’s work as CIO has involved overseeing the deployment of the early stages of NARA’s $550 million Electronic Records Archives, which will preserve and provide long-term access to the government’s electronic records. Work on that program will continue during the next CIO’s leadership.

Robert Carey is expected to leave his position as Navy chief information officer by the end of the summer, but he will continue to work at the Navy Department in another senior position. His new job has not yet been clearly defined.

Carey, who has been the Navy’s CIO for four years, told his staff June 15 that Navy Undersecretary Robert Work had asked him to take on the new responsibilities.

Carey was the first government CIO to write an official blog. In an interview with Federal Computer Week, he said the blog opened communication with the department’s employees, who understand the issues the Navy CIO should focus on.

Carey has also been co-chairman of the CIO Council’s Information Security and Identity Management Subcommittee.

The General Services Administration is looking for a deputy for CIO Casey Coleman, according to a notice posted June 14 on USAJobs.gov.

The deputy would serve as an adviser and help carry out all the agency’s information technology duties and authorities while also serving as a liaison to other senior officials at GSA, according to the notice.

Lockheed Martin has selected Gerry Fasano to serve as president of its Information Systems and Global Solutions-Defense business. He brings 26 years of experience to his new role, having most recently been deputy president of Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS-Security business in Virginia.

Most people in the government don’t work for intelligence agencies, so what good is Intelink to them?

There was a lively panel discussion on the value of the collection of secure intranets and social media tools that fosters sharing of information among U.S. intelligence agencies, contractors and sponsored academics at the recent Gov 2.0 Expo, co-sponsored by O’Reilly Media and UBM TechWeb in Washington, D.C. But as a panel of intelligence experts extolled the virtues of the system, an audience member pointed out that most of the attendees — and indeed, most federal employees — don’t work in that world.

Panelist Alex Voultepsis, chief technology officer and intelligence community chief information officer for Intelink at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, replied that Intelink has fostered the collaborative sharing of information to achieve a common mission. And that type of effort is useful at any agency, he said.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Ad-Hoc Task Force on Planetary Defense of the NASA Advisory Council will hold a meeting July 8-9 in Boulder, Colo., on asteroid detection, warning, response and concepts for deflection. The meeting, which starts at 8:30 a.m. July 8 and 8 a.m. July 9, is open to the public.

Input will host an executive breakfast July 20 featuring Nitin Pradhan, chief information officer at the Transportation Department. The time and place had not been finalized by press time.

FedSources will host a seminar July 22 called “The Heat is On: Identifying and Capturing Fiscal Year-End Dollars.” It runs from 2:30-6 p.m. at the Westin Hotel in Falls Church, Va.

OUR EVENTS

Virtual FOSE is coming July 21. The online event features a keynote address by Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.org and a 2010 Federal 100 award winner. Participants will also be able to watch sessions from the FOSE trade show that was held in March.

For more information, including the complete agenda, go to www.FOSE.com.

OVERHEARD

Vice President Joe Biden, after being introduced  as “Sheriff Joe” for fighting fraud in economic stimulus law spending:

“If I’m Sheriff Joe, then I have quite a posse.”

The 2014 Federal 100

Get to know the 100 women and men honored this year for going above and beyond in federal IT.

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