Air Force's Kirkland named 'Trail Boss of the Year'
- By Paul McCloskey
- May 10, 2000
The 900-member Trail Boss Interagency Committee on Tuesday named Air Force
tech officer Susan Kirkland its 2000 Trail Boss of the Year for her work
building the Air Force's Cargo Movement Operations System.
Kirkland demonstrated "exemplary expertise" in building CMOS, said Dennis
Szymanksi, chairman of the committee's management council, which picked
the winner. The award was given out at the General Services Administration's
Trail Boss summer "Roundup" in Williamsburg, Va., this week.
CMOS, a system for streamlining shipment processing, helped the Air
Foce meet its goals of expanding combat support information systems throughout
the Air Force and Defense Department, Szymanski said. With CMOS, Air Force
vendors are paid within seven days instead of the usual 30- to 90-day payment
The Trail Boss Interagency Committee also handed out three special achievement
awards last night. They went to:
* The Coast Guard's Sandra Borden for her leadership in delivering the
Ports and Waterways Safety System, said to be the largest information technology
project in Coast Guard history. Szymanski noted PAWSS was the first entirely
electronic procurement ever completed by the Transportation Department.
* DOD's Jim Densberg for his "skill in applying Trail Boss principles
to the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System and its re-engineering." DCPDS
serves about 750,000 employees, making it one of the largest human resources
management systems in the world. Densberg was able to negotiate with vendors
to ensure "Defense business practices [would] be built into a [commercial
off-the-shelf] solution at no additional cost to the government," Szymanski
* The Internal Revenue Service's Timothy LaMoy for his efforts in deploying
a dedicated mainframe test suite to support IRS' end-to-end testing for
the Year 2000 problem. The project "ensured the IRS' tax administration
applications would make a smooth and uneventful transition into and beyond
January 2000," Szymanski said. LaMoy used resources in increments, phasing in processors for the job as necessary. In this way, he was able to avoid "a significant portion"
of the $7.5 million software license upgrade costs.
Emory Miller, director of the IT Professional Development Division at
the General Services Administration, called the winners the "best of the
best" — Trail Bosses are already considered the "best in what they do in
managing and acquiring IT."