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Col. Victor C. Eilenfield
Manager of the Clinical Information Technology
Col. Victor Eilenfield
leads the Defense Department’s $1 billion electronic health records system
program. The Army is introducing the long anticipated system, referred
to as AHLTA, which stands for the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology
Believed to be the largest single EHR system in the world, AHLTA will
eventually manage the records of 9.2 million people.
Eilenfield’s efforts represent significant advances on a road that many
observers hope will lead to a national health care network, said Col.
Anthony O’Koren, a former deputy program manager and director of development
Emergency Response Team Director
Matthew Foosaner coordinated
Sprint Nextel’s rapid provision of wireless service and land mobile radio
to local police and fire departments in the Gulf Coast region after Hurricane
At the Louisiana State Fairgrounds in Baton Rouge, Sprint Nextel employees
created a village, which quickly became known as Sprint City. The company
brought in Cell-on-Wheels trucks to expand cellular service in areas where
Katrina had disabled cellular towers.
Tony D’Agata, vice president of Sprint Nextel’s federal government business,
said Foosaner led by example, working in close coordination with local
authorities. Foosaner is adept at “providing those around him with the
attitude and commitment to excellence and teamwork so necessary to succeed
in the fast-paced, high demand emergency response environment,” D’Agata
IT Workforce Development Program Manager
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Dagne Fulcher wants to
take some of the guesswork out of hiring. She collaborated with the CIO
Council’s Information Technology Workforce and Human Capital Committee
to help managers assess workforce capabilities and identify skill gaps,
and she served as project manager of the council’s governmentwide IT Workforce
Ira Hobbs, the Treasury Department’s chief information officer and co-chairman
of the IT Workforce and Human Capital Committee, said Fulcher possesses
an unusual combination of technical expertise and knowledge of strategic
workforce planning. “Fulcher has been instrumental in developing key automated
tools that support this critical initiative,” Hobbs said.
Federal agencies will use those workforce assessment tools to advance
the President’s Management Agenda by eliminating critical government deficits
in project management, cybersecurity and enterprise architecture skills,
Deputy Associate Chief Information Officer
You’d think that Adrian
Gardner’s day job would keep him busy enough. Yet, he led a team of more
than 200 federal and contractor employees who developed a technical and
business strategy for awarding a departmentwide contract for information
That was in addition to his normal duties of directing the Energy Department’s
cybersecurity management program for unclassified and national security
Tom Pyke, the department’s chief information officer, said he finds it
difficult to focus on a single achievement. “He does so many things that
it’s hard to just praise him for one thing.”
Lead Information Technology Specialist
Internal Revenue Service
Michael Gardner converted
800 workstations for emergency use after receiving an emergency order
from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
FEMA needed the workstations for several of its call centers after Hurricane
Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. In two hours, Gardner developed written procedures
for the conversion. He trained specialists at the Internal Revenue Service’s
Atlanta call center, reviewed the conversion process and fixed problems.
Later, Gardner wrote instructions for returning the IRS workstations
to their original use. “He often draws the most difficult problems because
of his knack for always delivering,” said Jared Johnson, manager of Desktop
Support Group A at the Atlanta office of the IRS’ Modernization and Information
Chief Information Officer for the Veterans Integrated Service Network
Veterans Health Administration
During normal times, Charles
Gephart has a demanding job maintaining information technology operations
and infrastructure to ensure health care delivery to veterans and others.
But within a week after Hurricane Katrina took out communications along
the Gulf Coast, Gephart orchestrated several clever workarounds. He established
a secure Web site so that health care providers nationwide could access
electronic records for evacuees from New Orleans and Biloxi, Miss. He
worked with telecommunications carriers to restore service in other areas.
“There’s a lot going on in this, but believe me, it was happening very
quickly,” said Dr. Robert Lynch, director of the Veterans Integrated Service
Network, which provides services to the south central United States. “Charlie
was the lead who oversaw restoring all of these.”
Adm. Cecil D. Haney
Chief Knowledge Officer
U.S. Pacific Fleet
Rear Adm. Cecil Haney gave
the Navy an affordable and time-saving way to collaborate across organizational
and geographical boundaries by creating an enterprise knowledge management
Web site for more than 150 commands and 10,000 users worldwide.
In addition to being chief knowledge officer, Haney is deputy chief
of staff for plans, policies and requirements at the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Haney’s “forward thinking and proven ability to focus personnel and have
them hone their collective skills to achieve a higher objective” is what
led to his appointment as the fleet’s first chief knowledge officer, said
Dave Wennergren, the Navy’s chief information officer.
Under Haney’s leadership, knowledge management grew from a simple fleet-sponsored
project into a tool the entire Navy can use, Wennergren said.
Chief Information Security Officer
U.S. Agency for International Development
The U.S. Agency for International
Development has had a dispiriting record of its Federal Information Security
Management Act report cards. In 2003, the agency received a C-minus, although
that was better than the F it received in 2002.
But Philip Heneghan made FISMA and the risk-based approach it defines
a top priority. He deployed new technologies in USAID offices in more
than 70 countries and established new processes to meet FISMA requirements.
His engineering and process improvements “resulted in the highest IT
security grade from Congress — [an A-plus] — for any federal organization”
in fiscal 2004, said John Streufert, USAID’s acting chief information
Dennis Heretick created
a comprehensive security management program for the Justice Department.
By tracking performance metrics weekly, Justice is more nimble in responding
to security incidents. Other federal agencies are now using the approach
as a model.
In presentations to government and industry, Heretick promoted the use
of automated tools for compliance with the President’s Management Agenda
and the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002. He helped
Justice raise its FISMA grade from an F in fiscal 2003 to a B-minus in
Heretick “made compliance feasible and relatively painless and significantly
improved the security of Justice’s systems in the process,” said Alan
Paller, research director at the SANS Institute.
Client Delivery Executive
Robert Holder, delivered
the goods after Hurricane Katrina. He dispatched his staff to the Gulf
Coast region with a recreational vehicle that served as a mobile office
for EDS and its customer, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
With the areas’ hotels ravaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, several
EDS staff members drove the RV from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Baton Rouge,
La., to ensure that ATF employees had special operations support during
Holder’s leadership makes emergency projects such as this one successful,
said Kathy Howe, EDS communications manager.
William T. Hobbins
Commander of U.S. Air Forces Europe
Gen. William “Tom” Hobbins
is a mastermind of the Air Force’s contemporary strategy for warfighting
with networked weapons systems. Hobbins established the service’s first
road map for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance.
That C4ISR strategy calls for a high-speed IP network that links air,
space and ground networks so Air Force personnel can target and attack
enemy forces more quickly.
“It enables time-sensitive targeting and collaboration to a degree of
speed and precision never before seen in modern militaries,” said Lt.
Gen. Michael Peterson, the Air Force’s new chief of warfighting integration
and chief information officer.
Luwanda F. Jones
Chief of the Governance
The success of government
information technology projects often depends on someone stepping forward
and putting their own stamp on plans. For several major Army IT programs,
that someone has been Col. Luwanda Jones.
Jones developed, staffed and published the Army’s IT Governance Memorandum,
helped establish a process to ensure that Army IT programs comply with
the 2005 Defense Authorization Act and oversaw the production of the Army’s
portion of the Defense Department’s Business Transformation Plan.
“It all came out looking as spectacular as it did because of her,” said
Dennis Lucey, vice president of TKC Integration Services. Her ability
to bring everything together in an organized way has made Jones the Army’s
go-to officer for similar IT and business modernization projects, he added.
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