The Circuit


Women in Technology get awards for work in IT

The Women in Technology association awarded its 13th Annual Leadership Awards May 17. Rear Adm. Janice Hamby, deputy CIO for Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) and Information Infrastructure Capabilities in the Defense Department, won the Government category.

The other winners and their categories were:

  • Barbara Doornink from SAIC won the Private (Large) category.
  • Sharon Nelson from Sensei Enterprises, Inc. won the Private (Small) category.
  • Susan Zeleniak from Verizon won the Public Sector (Large) category.
  • Christine Do from Soft Tech Consulting, Inc. won the Public Sector (Small) category.
  • Homaira Akbari from SkyBitz won the Global Impact category.
  • Kathy Albarado from HeliosHR won the Entrepreneur category.
  • Kelli Campbell from Discovery Education won the Education IT category.
  • Sharon Gaheen from SAIC won the Health IT category.
  • Lisa Bethel from Booz Allen Hamilton was named the “Unsung Hero.”
  • Erica Salinas from CSC was named the "Rising Star."
  • Denise Hart from O2 Lab, Inc. was named the WIT Champion.
  • Jane Maliszewski from ISKA, and Piper Conrad from PKC Consulting received the WIT President’s Award.

The awards honor leading female professionals who have excelled as mentors, exemplified unique vision and talent in the technology industry.

Posted by FCW Staff on May 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments


GSA says: Ties are mandatory, even in the Texas heat

General Services Administration officials have told their employees that this year’s GSA Expo in San Antonio will not be a causal event.

They want their employees wearing “business professional attire” to the conference. In other words, don’t forget your work clothes.

“People don’t like to hear that,” said one GSA employee who will attend the annual conference.

In the past, this conference has been a time when people shed their usual workday outfits. Men can wear shirts without ties and women can leave their pantsuits behind.

However, a disaster in April may have landed GSA employees back in their suits.

GSA found itself in the center of controversy last month. The agency’s inspector general issued a report that said GSA employees had spent $822,000 on a swanky stay in a luxury hotel. Since then, GSA officials have put the lockdown on what they consider wasteful conferences and have changed policies on what they think should happen at a conference.

In all, “times are changing,” the employee said, with a ticket booked for Texas. The conference takes place in May, when the average high temperature in San Antonio is 85 degrees Farenheit.

Posted by Matthew Weigelt on May 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments


The dangers of relying on the always-present Internet

Ubiquitous Internet connectivity “from anywhere on this planet” has become so second nature that many expect it even in the most obscure, desolate locations, according to a research analyst.

“You go to airports [and] you sit on an airplane and if you can’t connect, people are indignant and get up,” said Gartner’s Vice President of Research Dale Vecchio, adding a few extra loud sighs to illustrate the annoyance of fellow air travelers.

Speaking at 1105 Media’s Budget Optimization Summit held at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., Vecchio told a story of his college-age daughter whom he jokingly called a “left-leaning eco-terrorist” because of her decision to study environmental studies.

The daughter recently made a trip from Chicago to St. Louis on a bus that had advertised having wireless Internet. But after texting the daughter, Vecchio found out that wasn’t the case. 

“The Internet doesn’t work! They said they had Internet!” the exasperated daughter told him, huffing and puffing in a way only an annoyed teenage girl can do.

“And I’m thinking,‘Okay, [she] expected Internet connectivity on a stinking bus driving through the middle of nowhere in Illinois, through a cornfield, and she's indignant because there’s no Internet,” Vecchio said.

1105 Media is the parent company of Federal Computer Week.

Posted by Camille Tuutti on May 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM1 comments