Who & Where


Samantha Kott Kouril

Samantha Kott Kouril: Undaunted by challenge

Knowing little about IT didn't keep this Rising Star from accepting an internship at GSA, where she's now a project manager.

Jeh Johnson

Is Jeh Johnson ready for DHS' tech challenges?

President's pick to head the Department of Homeland Security has lots to learn about the sprawling agency.

Zients promises big improvements by Thanksgiving

"Let me be clear: Healthcare.gov is fixable," administration's point man for the fixes declares.

Army NIE networked soldier

Army's technology test-bed event facing changes

NIE start date delayed, as Army officials mull changes in focus and frequency going forward.

Michael Metzger

Michael Metzger: Thriving on unpredictability

As special assistant to the Defense Department's deputy chief management officer, Metzger can spend one day working with Congress and the next day briefing top-level Pentagon officials on efforts to reform DOD's financial management.

Jeffrey Zients

Zients to lead HealthCare.gov reboot

Former OMB acting director to manage "tech surge" promised by Obama, as Issa and other legislators demand answers.

Hetal Jain: Transportation's sustainability monitor

This honoree used an EPA-developed web tool to track information on DOT's teleworking, water use, energy use, employee travel, recycling, pollution and more.

Carolyn Harvey

Carolyn Harvey: Saving money for HUD at GSA

This Rising Star secured six key IT contracts -- and saved $7 million -- in the first six months in her new role.

Dan Houston

Dan Houston: Stamp of approval at USPS

This Rising Star manages 3,300 databases for the Postal Service, crunching 22 petabytes (and counting) of data.

Eric T. Brassil: Freeing the flow of State Department reports

Thanks to this Rising Star, reports on 280 overseas posts are now easily accessible for Foreign Service officers and interagency employees.

Grace Dalton

Grace E. Dalton: Coordinating email migration

This Rising Star was instrumental in coordinating the Army's effort to move 1 million people to enterprise email.

Kirsten Dalboe

Kirsten E. Dalboe: Keeping DHS ahead of the tech curve

As DHS' customer engagement manager, Dalboe has made it her business to explain new technology with crystal clarity.