Who & Where


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.

US Capitol

Republicans criticize DHS nominee

The nomination of former Department of Defense General Counsel Jeh Johnson to head the Department of Homeland Security brought mixed reactions from Congress that broke down along party lines, perhaps presaging a difficult confirmation battle.

Jeh Johnson

Nominee picked to replace Napolitano at DHS

The administration's choice to lead the department brings legal experience.

Michael Shrader

Michael Shrader: Aiding small tech manufacturers

As a VP at Carahsoft, Shrader oversees more than 50 small companies.

computer and books

IT training trails new technology

The IT professionals who manage and operate federal systems are often unprepared to deal with technology advances because they lack time and money for adequate training.

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Feds to get back pay after shutdown

Furloughed employees and those who stayed on the job without pay will be compensated.

Rebecca Schwartz: Nanotechnology for the troops

Much of Rebecca Schwartz's research at Lockheed Martin is classified, but her work is generally geared toward developing technical solutions to reduce the physical burden of troops in combat.