The government information technology community let its hair down at the second annual GIT Rockin’ battle of government IT bands. The bands played at the State Theater in Falls Church, Va.

GIT Rockin’ is sponsored by the 1105 Government Information Group,which owns Federal Computer Week. For the second year, the event benefited the United Services Organizations-Metro and its outreach centers. The evening raised more than $17,000 for USO.

To be eligible to participate in GIT Rockin’, bands had to have at least two members from the government IT community.

When the audience votes were counted, the big winner was The Groove (A), which included band members from EMC Software and Formatta.

The other GIT Rockin’ bands were:

  • The DISA-Peering Act, also known as Troubled Spirit (B)

  • The Moogly Blues Band (C)

  • Outta Scope (D)

  • Tacocat (E)

The letters correspond with the pictures you can view by clicking here and here (.pdfs).

DOD security awards
John Grimes, the Defense Department’s chief information officer, recently presented the DOD CIO Awards.

The awards are based on outstanding achievement in at least one of the following seven areas: acquisition, architecture and interoperability, information assurance, management and standards, applications, capital planning and investment, and information management/information technology workforce.

The award winners were chosen because they improved information delivery, management capability and process efficiency while reducing costs, saving resources and enhancing the department’s network-centric capacity across multiple mission areas.

Team awards:

  • First place: Joint Task Force Global Network Operations, Strategic Command, Arlington, Va.

  • Second place: Future Capabilities Division, Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

  • Third place: Microsoft Windows Vista Security Guidance Team, National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md.

  • Fourth place: Information Assurance Branch, Office of the Defense Information Systems Agency Chief Information Officer, Arlington, Va.

Individual awards:

  • First place: Air Force Capt. Theresa Thomas, Information Systems Flight commander, 39th Communications Squadron, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

  • Second place: Celine Johnson, Local Network Operations and Security Center chief, Army’s 507th Signal Company, 59th Signal Battalion, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

  • Third place: Army Col. Brian Hamilton, Information Integration Division chief, JCS C4 Systems Directorate, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington.

Step away from the Reply All button
Less gossip and fewer Reply All e-mail messages would make for better workplaces, according to an online poll conducted by Randstad, a staffing company. Although the survey did not focus on government workers specifically, the findings are consistent with Federal Computer Week’s annual workforce survey.

Randstad’s survey found that the top three workplace pet peeves — among those who have a biggest pet peeve — are gossip at 60 percent, others’ poor time management skills at 54 percent and messiness in communal spaces at 45 percent.

The rest of the top 10 are potent scents, 42 percent; loud noises, 41 percent; overuse of personal communications devices in meetings, 28 percent; and misuse of e-mail, 22 percent.

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  • No, the private sector is better: 54 percent.

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