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Carroll wins the Franke award; Tracking project wins award

We spent a good part of last week at the Management of Change conference, held this year in Richmond, Va., and sponsored by the American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council.

Carroll wins the Franke award
Kevin Carroll started his career in government as a contracting officer and over the past 30 years rose in prominence to lead multibillion-dollar programs that supply the Army with most of its hardware and software needs.

Carroll, the Army’s program executive officer in the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems, learned the value of communication, collaboration and keeping a strong sense of humor throughout his career. And for his efforts and overall effect on government, ACT and IACT honored Carroll with the 2007 John J. Franke Award for public service, which was handed out at the Management of Change conference.

“He is an outstanding leader working for our men and women in the armed forces,” said David Wennergren, Defense Department deputy chief information officer and the 2006 recipient of the Franke award. “He has had a positive impact on people throughout government. People said he leads by example, gives freedom to his people to manage and is a consensus builder.”

The Franke award has been given annually since 1999 to recognize outstanding leadership contributions to government. Winners are senior government officials with 15 to 20 years of service who typically have been spokesmen for leading information technology issues. The award is named after the late John J. Franke, who was director of the Federal Quality Institute at the Agriculture Department and a longtime president of ACT. Each year, the award recipient is selected by a committee of  previous awardees.

Carroll, the co-chairman of the MOC conference, said he was surprised by the honor.

“ACT/IAC has been like home for me,” he said. “This is the organization that I belong to that I’m proud to have a strong bond with. I am honored in front of all my friends and colleagues.”

Tracking project wins award
Paul Allred and his staff at the U.S. Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command and Transportation Engineering Agency were told that building a real-time global asset tracking system couldn’t be done. So they did it anyway.

Allred spent about $40,000 in 1999 and hired GeoDecisions to test his group’s theory on 400 miles of road. Finding success in the pilot test, Allred, the program’s manager, and his staff expanded and improved the system, known as the Intelligent Road/Rail Information Server (IRRIS). The system will be the common operating picture for U.S. Transportation Command. Other agencies are also using it.

For the group’s success, innovation and ability to share their technology with others, IRRIS received one of the 2007 Intergovernmental Solutions Awards presented June 4 at the 27th annual Management of Change conference.

IRRIS was one of eight projects to receive Intergovernmental Solutions Awards.
 
IAC and ACT honor projects that use technology to deliver results, collaborate among all sectors of government, change the organizational business processes, save money or time, and be a model for others.

IRRIS had about 150 data layers that include all roads, ports and railroads, and provide real-time weather and traffic information to the military. The system also allows users to track their shipments worldwide.

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