Matthews wins AFFIRM award

Dan Matthews, the Transportation Department's chief information officer, won the top award at the Association for Federal Information Resources Management's annual leadership award ceremony Tuesday.

AFFIRM officials praised Matthews' leadership in governmentwide information resources management. Matthews told an AFFIRM luncheon that "it takes leadership to turn mud and straw into bricks."

"IT will not happen without you," he said in a speech. The federal workforce is responsible for extending government technology to people nationwide.

"Countless lives have been saved by computer technology," Matthews said.

Other awardees included:

Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.): Outstanding legislative leadership award for further government IT management.

Ira Kirsch, president of Unisys Corp.'s U.S. Federal government Group: Executive leadership award for industry.

Mark Krzysko, the Defense Department's deputy director of defense procurement and acquisition policy: Leadership award for acquisition and procurement.

Kim Nelson, the Environmental Protection Agency's CIO: Leadership award for service to the citizen.

Mark Everson, the Internal Revenue Service's commissioner: Leadership award for e-government.

Mary Mitchell, the General Services Administration's deputy associate administrator for electronic government and technology: Leadership award for service in the government information technology community.

Tom Ridge, Homeland Security Department secretary: Leadership award for service to the country.

Federal Trade Commission's "Do Not Call List" team: Leadership award for innovative applications.

Greg Hanson, the Senate's assistant sergeant at arms and chief information officer: Leadership award for service excellence and management.

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