Joe Jordan may have found the secret to winning over a Senate committee at a confirmation hearing.
A 10-month-old son and a snack pack of Cheerios suitable for feeding to the boy.
Jordan, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, sat down May 9 in front of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee at his confirmation hearing to answer questions about acquisition and his views of how the government should proceed with contracting policies.
Turns out though, his son Carter was the star of the show, Jordan said in an interview June 5 with Federal Computer Week.
“While it was probably my 11th or 12th congressional testimony, I will say that, other than the great questions the senators asked, the one thing I would take out of it is that I should definitely invite my son to any future hearings,” he said.
Carter warmed the hearts of a number of committee members. And in an unexpectedly quick turn of events, the Senate confirmed him May 24, barely more than two weeks after the hearing. Their hearts may still have been warm.
From that hearing though, Jordan learned that he needs two key items in every future hearing:
“My briefing binder and a little thing of Cheerios,” he said.
Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Jun 06, 2012 at 6:59 PM0 comments
Federal Deputy CIO Lisa Schlosser has joined a distinguished group of government leaders who have been recognized for their longstanding commitment and dedication to public service.
Schlosser and John Okay, vice president of of J. L. Okay Consulting and IAC vice chair for finance, were honored June 4 at the 32nd annual Management of Change conference in Cambridge, Md. The event is organized by the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council and is held June 3 to 5.
In previous years, only one winner has been given the John J. Franke Award. This year, however, two individuals were recognized for their significant contributions to federal service.
Mary Davie, assistant commissioner for the Office of Integrated Technology Services at the General Services Administration and ACT president, described the winners as ones who typically don’t make the headlines but instead work tirelessly behind the scenes to make the government better.
“This year, we have chosen to recognize two such individuals: John and Lisa exemplify the best of our profession and we are proud to recognize them with the 2012 John J. Franke Award,” she said.
Schlosser was appointed to her current role in 2011, having previously served in positions at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Housing and Urban Development, and the Transportation Department. Her private-sector experience includes stints at Global Integrity and Ernst & Young LLP.
Okay’s government career spans three decades and includes roles at the Agriculture Department, and GSA. Before retiring in 1997, Okay served as deputy commissioner of GSA’s Federal Technology Service. Two years later, he founded his own consulting business and partnered with Bob Woods, former FTS commissioner to launch Topside Consulting Group. He’s an active member of IAC and has chaired the Telecommunications Shared Interest Group.
The most recent years’ Franke Award winners include Roger Baker, CIO at the Veteran Affairs Department, Jim Williams, commissioner for GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service and John Johnson, former assistant commissioner for GSA’s Integrated Acquisition Service.
Posted by FCW Staff on Jun 05, 2012 at 6:59 PM0 comments
One of the area’s largest government IT industry groups will see some new faces starting July 1 when a brand-new leadership is slated to take office.
The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council announced on June 5 the election results for the ACT Executive Committee and the IAC Executive Committee at Management of Change conference in Cambridge, Md.
Darren Ash, CIO at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, will become ACT president July 1, 2012, and Rick Holgate, CIO at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, will serve as executive vice president. He'll step into his role as ACT president July 1, 2013.
New to the ACT Executive Committee are Mike Howell, Amy Northcutt and Keith Trippie. Current members re-elected for a second term include Jonathan Alboum, Steve Elky, Margie Janney and John Teeter. They join current members Deborah Diaz, Adrian Gardner, Darlene Meskell, Rory Schultz, Pete Tseronis and Kathleen Turco.
Current ACT President Mary Davie remains on the executive committee as immediate past president.
In accordance with the IAC bylaws, Dale Luddeke (TASC) becomes IAC chair July 1, 2012. Jim Williams (Daon) was elected as executive vice chair and will become the IAC chair July 1, 2013. Bob Suda (Suda and Associates) was elected as vice chair for finance while Judy Douglas (HP), Sherry Weir (Kearney & Company), Dan Chenok (IBM) and Mitzi Mead (Accela Consulting) were chosen as vice chairs at large.
Remaining on the IAC Executive Committee are Vice Chairs at Large Wayne Davis (CenturyLink), Ira Hobbs (Hobbs & Hobbs), Joel Horwitz (VMD Systems Integrators), Carol Miller (Mackson Consulting), Andrew McLauchlin (CGI) and Mike Mullen (Deep Water Point). Outgoing IAC Chair Jim Beaupre (JB Federal Consulting) stays on the Executive Committee until 2013 as immediate past chair.
Executive Committee members Kathleen Cowles (LGS Innovations), Ed Meagher (SRA), John Okay (J.L. Okay Consulting), and Jeff Shen (Red Team Consulting) have now completed their terms.
Posted by Camille Tuutti on Jun 05, 2012 at 6:59 PM0 comments