The Federal 100 judges

Anne K. Altman

Vice President and Managing Director

of the U.S. Federal Government Division


Anne Altman, last year’s Eagle award winner for industry, leads an organization of 5,000 employees dedicated to the federal government. She joined IBM in 1981 as a systems engineer working with the FBI and the Justice Department and steadily worked her way up the corporate ladder. She was appointed to her current position in 2001. Altman serves on the board of several industry associations and works with such groups as the National Academy of Public Administration and the National Science Academy.

Renato A. DiPentima

President and Chief Executive Officer

SRA International

Renato DiPentima, industry chairman of this year’s judging panel, has held top management positions in government and industry. Before joining SRA in 1995, DiPentima was the Social Security Administration’s deputy commissioner for systems. During the past 10 years, he has helped SRA grow into a major force in the government market in such fields as national security and health care. He plays a major role in numerous organizations, including the Industry Advisory Council.

Priscilla Guthrie

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense

and Deputy Chief Information Officer

Defense Department

Priscilla Guthrie is on the front lines of the Defense Department’s efforts to maximize the potential of network-centric technology on the battlefield and across various operations. Guthrie, whose work in this area earned her a Federal 100 award in 2005, brings to the job technical know-how and management experience that she gained during a long career at TRW, where she worked before DOD appointed her in 2001. She is also an active participant on several advisory boards at Penn State’s College of Engineering.

Kenneth B. Heitkamp

Associate Director for Life Cycle Management

Office of the Secretary of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer

Air Force

Kenneth Heitkamp, who first entered public service in 1966 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, has helped shape how the Air Force buys and manages information technology. In his current position, Heitkamp directs the Air Force IT Commodity Council, which orchestrates the servicewide acquisition of common products. The initiative now saves the Air Force millions of dollars a year. Heitkamp also served as the technical director of the Air Force’s Standard Systems Group from 1990 to 2004.

Ira L. Hobbs

Chief Information Officer

Treasury Department

For several good reasons, Ira Hobbs has received five Federal 100 awards during his government career. Whatever job he has at any given time represents only part of his contribution to the federal information technology community. Hobbs has tackled numerous IT policy and management issues, not the least of which is workforce management. Hobbs is co-chairman of the CIO Council’s Workforce and Human Capital Committee, which is working to improve the government’s recruitment and retention of IT workers.

Steve Kelman

Weatherhead Professor of Public Management

at the John F. Kennedy School of Government

Harvard University

Steve Kelman served as administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy from 1993 to 1997, during which time he helped reform government procurement policies and practices. Nine years have passed since he left government, but he remains actively engaged in public policy issues. He serves as editor of the International Public Management Journal, and in 2005 he published a book, “Unleashing Change: A Study of Organizational Change in Government.” Kelman also regularly writes a column for Federal Computer Week.

Kimberly T. Nelson

Executive Director of E-Government


Kimberly Nelson recently joined Microsoft after a long career in public service. After 22 years with Pennsylvania’s state government, Nelson worked for four years at the Environmental Protection Agency as the assistant administrator for environmental information and chief information officer. During her tenure at the EPA, Nelson oversaw the creation and implementation of the National Environmental Information Exchange Network. She also served as co-chairwoman of the CIO Council’s Architecture and Infrastructure Committee.

Glenn R. Schlarman

Chief, Information Policy and Technology Branch

Office of Management and Budget

Glenn Schlarman, the government chairman of this year’s panel of judges, is not always a visible presence in this federal information technology community, but he is a palpable force. He is responsible for developing and overseeing federal policies, including those related to information access and dissemination, privacy, security, records management, and IT investments.

Robert E. Suda

Associate Chief Information Officer

for Integration and Operations

Agriculture Department

Robert Suda spent 28 years at the General Services Administration before joining the Agriculture Department in March 2006. For the past five years, he served in the Federal Technology Service as assistant commissioner of the Office of Information Technology Solutions, which has annual revenue of about $6 billion. He also oversaw the SmartBuy program, which provides governmentwide enterprise licensing agreements. During his long tenure at GSA, he also served as FTS’ chief financial officer and GSA’s finance director.

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    The 2017 Federal 100

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