One small step for IT

In some years, the Federal 100 Awards were defined by major events — terrorist attacks on the United States, a destructive Gulf Coast hurricane, massive reprogramming efforts and systems upgrades the government was forced to undertake because of a millennium date change.

But the challenges of the past year were different, thank goodness. The United States is involved in two wars, but we did not have another terrorist attack, major natural disaster or other defining event on our soil last year.

Instead, the government information technology community had to deal with many day-to-day issues to prepare for whatever challenges the country might face in the future. 

We live in a complex world, and if we aren’t constantly moving forward, we lose opportunities to accomplish the important work of government more efficiently and effectively.

Our world is a flat, Web 2.0 world that does not allow us take a step back and ponder our options. But the Federal 100 Awards program is an opportunity to look back and honor people who have risen to the occasion. The 100 winners are the people who faced a variety of challenges and decided they could make

About 18 years ago, Federal Computer Week realized that individuals can make a difference — even in an organization the size of the federal government. Some of those differences might be small, but they create long-lasting effects. The 100 people whose names and photographs you see in this issue were determined to take a step forward and have a positive effect on people’s lives.

As you flip through the next 20 pages, consider the work done by these 100 remarkable individuals. It’s an opportunity for each of us to ponder how we, too, might make a difference.

Unfortunately, we can expect disruptive events in the years ahead. But through their work, the 2007 Federal 100 winners have built a foundation for the rest of us as we prepare to meet future challenges.

We congratulate the winners and thank them for their accomplishments.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine,, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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