Eagle Award winners

Kathleen Adams assistant deputy commissioner for systems at the Social Security Administration won Federal Computer Week's Eagle Award for government service and John Gioia chairman and chief executive officer of Robbins-Gioia Inc. was the industry Eagle winner.

Each year two professional organizations select from the list of the Federal 100 two individuals who have contributed most in the previous year. The Federation of Government Information Processing Councils selected the 1997 winner for federal government.

FGIPC president Neil Stillman deputy assistant secretary for information resources management at the Department of Health and Human Services presented the award to Adams and cited her leadership in spearheading government action on the software crisis caused by the millennium date change. Last year Adams headed an awareness conference focusing on the problem led a committee that issued standard warranty language for Year 2000 procurements and began work on a database of Year 2000-compliant commercial systems.

"After raising awareness of the Year 2000 issue in her own agency which started addressing the problem in 1989 Kathy took on the challenge of raising the awareness of the rest of the executive branch " Stillman said during his presentation.

Don Arnold business development manager at GTE Federal Systems presented the award to Gioia on behalf of the Industry Advisory Council. He said Gioia was selected for his efforts to encourage communication between federal users of high technology and the companies that provide the hardware and software.

Specifically Gioia won praise for his leadership of the Washington chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. His peers credited him with revitalizing AFCEA's membership and bolstering attendance to conferences and other events sponsored by the organization.

In addition Gioia was applauded for his support of innovative contracting techniques particularly on the Base Level Systems Modernization program.Adams and Gioia received their awards at the annual banquet honoring the 1997 Federal 100 award winners.

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