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FCW Insider: Announcing the 2008 class of Rising Star award winners

UPDATE: Find a link for details about all of the 2008 Rising Star award winners here.

I'm proud to announce...the 2008 class of 1105 Government Information Group's Rising Star award winners:

Jonathan Alboum
Agriculture Department

Carey Bandler
World Wide Technology

Capt. Shaun Baker

Eric Berard
Army Medical Department

Richard Von Bostel
Justice Department

Carrie Boyle

Joshua Caplan
Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center-Pacific

Elizabeth Casale

Siddhartha (Sid) Chowdhary
Credence Management Solutions

Dan Ellis

Matt Grote
Government Accountability Office and Young Government Leaders

Tiffani Harris
General Services Administration

Gary Hockett
U.S. Pacific Air Forces

Jared Howerton
National Nuclear Security Administration

Lee James

James Jones
Interior Department

Matthew Keeneth
Office of Management and Budget

Abraham Klinger
Midway Research Center/Naval Research Laboratory

Carlos Laureano
General Dynamics

David Lee
U.S. Postal Service

Mark Lee
General Services Administration

Vernon Lee

Yao Liang
New York Police Department

Kimberly Lyimo
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Isai Marichamy
Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles

Dana Marlowe

Gregory Mundell

Angela Norris
Oracle Federal

Dennis Papula
General Services Administration

Branko Primetica
Global Tech

Tricia Reed
General Services Administration

Dan Risacher
Office of the Secretary of Defense

Kevin Roberson
U.S. Postal Service

Yash Shah
SRA International

Thomas Smialowicz
Unysis Federal Systems

Christopher Traver
Bureau of Justice Assistance

Alex Turell
USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service

Michelle Walker

This is the third year that we have conducted the Rising Star awards. (See winners from 2006 and 2007.)

There are a ton o' award progra s out there -- some contend there are too many. I still remain baffled about why AFCEA's Bethesda, Md. chapter started a new awards program this year, which seems to just mimic the other established awards programs out there.

However, the Rising Star awards program is unique. It recognizes people who otherwise do not get recognition -- the up and coming in the government IT community.

In previous years, the Rising Star awards were an FCW production. This year, however, we are featuring winners across the big three 1105 GovInfo publications. In the Aug. 18 issue of FCW will feature the policy and management Rising Stars; the Aug. 18 issue of Government Computer News will feature the technology stars; and in the Aug. 11 issue of Washington Technology, they featured the industry Rising Stars. You can read about the industry winners right now, but you'll have to wait until Monday to get more details about the remarkable work the other winners. It is worth the wait.

All of the winners will be recognized at the GCN Awards Gala on Oct. 22 at the Washington Hilton here in D.C.

We are working on a series of e-seminars with some of the winners in the hopes that they can shed some insight about what the world looks like from their perspective.

I continue to be passionate about this program. These are remarkable people who don't get enough recognition. And I think it is important that we tap into that perspective if government is going to be able to attract the best and the brightest.

So...congratulations to the winners. I am very proud of them.

Posted by Christopher J. Dorobek on Aug 13, 2008 at 12:17 PM


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