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Judith F. Rasmussen
Supervisory Information Technology Specialist
Judith Rasmussen spearheaded
the FBI’s drive to issue secure personal identity verification cards to
more than 35,000 FBI employees and contractors. The cards are required
by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, a mandatory federal building
access and computer access security program.
Rasmussen delivered the public-key infrastructure necessary for the governmentside
secure identity card program ahead of schedule and under budget.
PKI is critical to the FBI’s security improvements, said John Hope, deputy
assistant director of the FBI’s Office of IT Program Management. Rasmussen
also demonstrated that fast and effective technology deployments need
not threaten FBI field office operations, Hope said.
FISMA Implementation Project Leader
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Ron Ross led the development
of major security guidelines for protecting federal information and critical
information systems. Those security guidelines, required by the Federal
Information Security Management Act of 2002, define a consistent approach
to setting security controls.
As FISMA implementation project leader, Ross led teams in creating thousands
of pages of guidelines for conducting security assessments, developing
security plans and providing security awareness training. He created a
unified FISMA framework that gives federal agencies a reasonable way to
protect their critical information and information systems.
“Ron’s success in everything he does is his ability to embrace ideas
from many sources and constructively integrate those into his analysis,”
said Joan Hash, chief of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
computer security division.
Director of the Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund
Steven Saboe urged the
State Department to begin using software to track materials that could
yield weapons of mass destruction. The Cold War is over, but global terrorism
creates a new threat of nuclear components and other deadly materials
falling into the hands of terrorists.
Officials use the software, called Tracker, to detect trends and connections
that could signal a problem in what might otherwise appear to be legitimate
imports or exports. FGM, a company based in Reston, Va., developed the
Saboe suggested offering the software free to other countries, which
has enabled them to regulate the materials passing through their borders.
Chief Information Officer
Department of Housing and Urban Development
In less than a year, Lisa
Schlosser has transformed information technology operations and egovernment
applications at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The accomplishment
is in no small part because of her leadership and management abilities.
“She’s plain-speaking,” said Harold Youra, president of Alliance Solutions.
“She treats people with respect, and she does not govern from the mountain
down. She’s open; she’ll see people,” he said.
Schlosser has earned respect and recognition from federal officials,
peers and staff members for her IT transformation efforts at HUD, Youra
Networx Program Manager
General Services Administration
Fred Schobert responded
to industry concerns about an ambitious Networx telecommunications contracts
program by refining the requests for proposals and coordinating a team
effort to release the final RFP on time.
As the General Services Administration’s program manager for Networx,
Schobert introduced several innovations, including a Webbased pricing
model that GSA uses to communicate with industry. He also created a digital
certificate-based virtual private network to protect GSA’s private communications
with industry officials.
“We couldn’t ask for a more dedicated individual,” said John Johnson,
assistant commissioner of service development and delivery at GSA’s Federal
Deputy Associate Chief Information Officer for
Internal Revenue Service
Richard Skorny has helped
the IRS make much needed progress with its Business Systems Modernization
program after several years of delays and cost overruns.
Among other things, he delivered the first release of the Customer Account
Data Engine, which will eventually be the storehouse of all taxpayer information.
The system, in limited use, processed more than 1.4 million returns last
year. He also pushed through a modernized e-file system and a suite of
electronic self-service applications for tax practitioners.
“He has made great contributions to the improvement of our nation’s tax
administration systems by playing a critical leadership role in the turnaround
of the once-troubled IRS systems modernization programs,” said W. Todd
Grams, the IRS’ chief information officer.
B. Sligh Jr.
Director of Strategic Sourcing
and Acquisition Systems
Homeland Security Department
Albert Sligh wrote the
book on how the Homeland Security Department can maximize its information
Through strategic sourcing, Sligh has saved DHS more than $200 million
on IT. Sligh was using that procurement approach even before 2005 when
the Office of Management and Budget asked federal agencies to spend their
procurement dollars among fewer vendors to achieve greater savings.
“Al’s expertise and dedication to strategic sourcing sets a model for
the rest of the government to follow,” said Robert Burton, associate administrator
of OMB’s Office of Federal Procurement Policy.
Whiteman Air Force Base
Department of the Air Force
Thomas Stock led a team
that upgraded the Whiteman Air Force Base network to Gigabit Ethernet
performance. It was a smooth and flawless deployment completed on time
and within its $3 million budget.
Senior Master Sgt. Max Grindstaff, flight chief of the Information Systems
Flight’s 509th Bomb Wing, said upgrading networks can be a headache at
best and a nightmare if things go wrong, which makes what Stock did unusual.
Stock also breathed new life into Whiteman’s storage-area network system,
Grindstaff said, by designing a new basewide storage hierarchy and moving
more than 3 terabytes of data. Stock also helped the base save more than
$2.5 million by replacing obsolete equipment.
Chief Information Officer
W. Hord Tipton has emerged
as one of the federal government’s most vocal advocates for information
technology security, with a special interest in promoting certification
and accreditation programs for federal employees.
He has gone through the process himself, gaining certification as a
Certified Information Systems Security Professional and an Information
Systems Security Engineering Professional. He has served as the government
chief information officer adviser to the International Information Systems
Security Certification Consortium.
Lynn McNulty, director of government affairs at the International Information
Systems Security Certification Consortium, said Tipton regularly drills
IT employees on the security vulnerabilities that created legal troubles
for the Interior Department. “He has taken an unusual degree of personal
and professional involvement in doing this,” McNulty said.
Roxane A. Townsend
Medicaid Medical Director
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Dr. Roxane Townsend helped
develop an online service called KatrinaHealth.org that enables health care providers anywhere to get
electronic medical history and prescription information on Gulf Coast
Townsend worked at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to care for
patients after Hurricane Katrina passed over the city. She met a woman
who had waded through the flooded city with a plastic bag full of her
Unfortunately, the labels were washed out, said Jeannine Hinton, principal
of a small consulting firm called Healthworks.
Internal Revenue Service
Connie Vaughn received
a big assignment on a Friday afternoon: Make the Internal Revenue Service’s
customer service workstations available to the Federal Emergency Management
Agency for relief efforts. After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast,
FEMA needed the IRS’ telecommunications section to support its communications
The IRS telecommunications section is regularly set up for about 80
users, but Vaughn expanded it to accommodate more than 600 users during
a weekend. That number rose to 820 users so that FEMA could get more information
to hurricane victims via the help line.
“Connie is a model employee who accepts any challenge given to her,”
said Robert Ferguson, acting manager for the IRS’ Telecom-A Section at
Atlanta Territory. “Connie understands crises.”
Information Resource Management Procurement
Environmental Protection Agency
Oliver Voss led the development
of governmentwide acquisition contracts that federal agencies can use
to recycle obsolete computers and other electronic components.
Agencies can offset their recycling costs through those contracts’ share-in-savings
features. Agencies share with the contractor a portion of the proceeds
of recycling. The program paid off in late September.
“His groundwork got the program mature enough so that when Hurricane
Katrina hit, we were able to support that effort to properly dispose of
e waste generated in those areas,” said Timothy Farris, director of the
Environmental Protection Agency headquarters procurement operations division.
Voss introduced the Recycling Electronics and Asset Disposition services
contracts as manager of EPA’s Information Resource Management Procurement
Business Systems Development Manager
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Mitch West is leading an
effort to create a network for exchanging environmental data among federal
and state environmental agencies.
West is the state co-chairman of the Network Operations Board, which
is guiding the implementation of the National Environmental Information
Exchange Network at the state level.
“He’s really leading the way for states to exchange data [among] themselves,”
said Molly O’Neill, national exchange network coordinator for the Environmental
Council of the States.
Deputy Chief Information Officer
Jerry Williams earned kudos
in one year from both the Small Business Administration and the Agriculture
Department by helping each earn green ratings on the President’s Management
Agenda score card.
When Williams was acting chief information officer and deputy CIO at
the Small Business Administration, SBA received green scores for egovernment
and for budget and performance integration. For example, the agency created
specific performance measures to accompany its budget requests. Since
last June, Williams has worked to achieve similar management results at
Williams knows how to reach objectives, said Dan Chenok, vice president
and director at SRA International. Williams is a team builder who brings
a no-nonsense approach to completing tasks, he added.
Program Management and Analysis Directorate
Charles Wills, who managers
the State Department’s $85 million information technology modernization
program, directed an accelerated deployment of Microsoft Directory services
and enhanced security configurations to protect State’s 566 classified
and unclassified networks.
Wills uses earned value management cost models to manage a project that
requires the coordination of schedules at 25 domestic bureaus and hundreds
of overseas posts.
“Chuck Wills is the critical force behind State’s successful modernization
of the IT infrastructure that supports 250 far-flung posts across the
planet,” said Bruce McConnell, president of McConnell International.
Finance and Administration Systems Manager
U.S. Postal Service
When it comes to portfolio
management, George Wright delivers. His efforts helped the U.S. Postal
Service break even financially while delivering mail to an ever-expanding
With Wright’s help, USPS trimmed its application development and maintenance
budget in fiscal 2006 to $440 million, down from $1.1 billion the previous
year. Instead of 650 major applications, USPS now has 450. Wright leads
a team of accomplished portfolio managers who use information technology
to solve business problems, said Matthew Tait, a director in Accenture’s
federal government client group.
“Wright is a leader who clearly and effectively communicates his vision,
and he has the perseverance that’s really demanded to ensure success in
the USPS’ complex business environment.”
Col. Robert J. Zoppa
Global Combat Support System–Army
Lt. Col. Robert Zoppa makes
enterprise resource planning look easy by effectively managing the Defense
Department’s $1.4 billion Global Combat Support System-Army program. His
team completed the evaluation and project preparation phases for the program
on budget and on schedule.
Zoppa kept that back-office program on track and articulated to Army
acquisition officials the value of the project. He developed a model that
makes ERP methodology understandable in terms of DOD’s 5000 acquisition
“Able to adapt to change, overcome obstacles and lead with authority,
he is a natural fit for developing and achieving long-term visions and
goals for across-the-board improvements in the program,” said Col. David
Coker, Army program manager for logistics information systems.
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