Competing competitiveness agendas
Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the House Democrats’ Innovation Agenda would boost funding for basic research in the physical sciences across all agencies. She added that the Democrats’ agenda predates President Bush’s American Competitiveness Initiative, and unlike the president’s plan, it would not shortchange some science and technology research programs.

Pelosi said last week that Democrats and Republicans can find common ground and make significant progress by enacting legislation that would:
  • Immediately modernize and extend the research and development tax credit. 
  • Double funding for basic research in the physical
  • sciences.
  • Ensure access to broadband Internet connections for all Americans. 
  • Improve the patent system.
  • Change immigration laws to ensure that the best and brightest people from around the world are able to contribute to innovation in the United States.

“To meet the challenges of today, and to create the jobs and economic security of tomorrow, we must make these investments immediately,” Pelosi said.

Shake-up in the supercomputer rankings
Researchers from the University of Mannheim in Germany, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville recently published their Top 500 list of the world’s fastest computers, a ranking the researchers update every six months.

The IBM BlueGene/L system at the Energy Department’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retained its No. 1 spot. In a surprise move, Sandia National Laboratories’ Cray Red Storm supercomputer nabbed second place. The initial Red Storm system ranked No. 9 in June.

The IBM BGW-eServer Blue Gene Solution system at IBM’s Thomas Watson Research Center slipped a notch, from the No. 2 position to No. 3.

NEC’s Earth Simulator, which ranked first five times, fell out of the Top 10 to No. 14.

The United States claims the lion’s share of the list’s high-performance computing systems with 306 of the 500. Europeans have 95 systems on the list. The dominant countries in Asia are Japan with 30 systems, up from a previous total of 29; and China with 18 systems, down from 28 on the last list.

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IAC honors executives-to-beThe Industry Advisory Council’s Partners Program recently graduated its 10th class of executive hopefuls. The employers of the program’s 32 participants from government and industry had selected each of them for matriculation because of their potential as information technology leaders. The program’s alumni network has more than 200 members.

Through a yearlong series of breakfast meetings, participants prepared for the roles they hope to assume in the Senior Executive Service or at a company’s executive level.

“Early graduates benefited from being able to talk about crucial issues in a no-marketing, safe environment and supported the program within their organizations and across government and industry,” said Leslie Barry, a 1998 Partners Program graduate. Barry is vice chairwoman for professional development at IAC and vice president of government affairs and business development at GTSI.

“Graduates tend to stay involved in ACT/IAC forums and use the leadership skills learned in the Partners Program to continue the safe, ethical and open dialogue needed in today’s government,” she said.

At a graduation ceremony last month, IAC recognized two government/industry partner teams for exceeding the requirements of the Partners Program through their exemplary cooperation:

Adrian Gardner of the Energy Department and Debbie Dowling of Science Applications International Corp.

Gary Galloway of the State Department and Annie Williams of Cisco Systems.

The following federal employees are 2006 Partners Program graduates:

  • Maile Arthur, Commerce Department.
  • Anthony Carlisi, Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Ronald Chrismer, Homeland Security Department.
  • Terry Conroy, NASA.
  • Kevin Cooke, Energy Department.
  • Paul DiRenzo, Defense Business Transformation Agency.
  • Beverly Franklin, Treasury Department.
  • Linda Garcia, Deloitte and Touche.
  • Carmen Iannacone, General Services Administration.
  • Joe Klumpp, Army.
  • Steve Laterra, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
  • Mitra Nejad-Guerin, Justice Department.
  • Nina Raheja, Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Gary Washington, Food and Drug Administration.
  • Steven Yonkers, DHS.

The following industry employees are 2006 Partners Program graduates:

  • Dave Acup, ENC Marketing and Communications.
  • Thomas Bacigalupo, General Dynamics IT.
  • Susan Bethke, Northrop Grumman IT.
  • Chris Blake, Juniper Networks.
  • Joe Brock, Pragmatics.
  • Joe Grossnickel, IBM.
  • Darlene Hines, Sprint Nextel.
  • David Page, SRA International.
  • Barbara Perlowski, AT&T Government Solutions.
  • Sangita Phelps, Verizon Business.
  • Irene Richwine, CACI International.
  • Sergio Rodriguez, CGI.
  • Jeffery Smith, Ventera.

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