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Davis likes Klossner; Qwest's Murray leads WIT winners; Godspeed Abhinav Paul; Peace Corps net a Webbie

Davis likes Klossner
Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) apparently liked the editorial cartoon that ran in Federal Computer Week’s Feb. 18 issue. In fact, Davis liked it enough to mention it in his press release announcing the creation of a Smart Contracting Caucus.

The caucus, formed by Davis and three other House members, is intended to get more lawmakers and staff members involved in federal contracting. In Davis’ press release announcing the formation of the caucus, he specifically mentioned the work of our cartoonist John Klossner. The cartoon depicted members of Congress at Davis’ retirement party attempting to hook up a complicated device labeled “procurement minutiae.”

“It was funny and flattering, but it’s not accurate,” Davis said. Davis said he’s had an advantage in this area over other House members because of his background in procurement law.

However, plenty of other procurement leaders are ready to take up the cause, he said. “Unfortunately, we also have some who would sacrifice smart procurement for short-term political gain. It’s time [for] those of us who get it to do something to broaden our number and our voice.”

Qwest’s Murray leads WIT winners
Deirdre Murray of Qwest Communications International received the lifetime achievement award from Women in Technology during the group’s annual leadership awards gala.

Murray, business development principal at Qwest, was one of several winners recognized last month. It was the ninth annual awards program for the Washington area organization.

Some of the other winners and their categories were:


  • Corporate: Tami Erwin, Verizon Wireless, president of the Washington/Baltimore/Virginia region.

  • Entrepreneur: Katie Sleep, List Innovative Solutions, president and chief executive officer.

  • Government: Laurie Reyes, Montgomery County Police Department, police officer 3/Project Lifesaver coordinator.

  • Rising Star: Nikole Collins-Puri, AT&T, global business services diversity and inclusion manager.

  • WIT Champion: Carol Moroz, SAP, client services executive.



Godspeed Abhinav Paul
Our condolences to Bajinder Paul, chief information officer of the Comptroller of the Currency, and his family. Paul’s 22-year-old son was killed in a car accident last month.

Abhinav Paul is survived by his parents, Bajinder and Rebuka Paul; brother, Raj Nath Paul; grandparents, Jatinder Nath and Santosh Paul; and grandmother, Venus Smart.

Peace Corps nets a Webbie
The big Web awards are called the Webbies, and they have a government category each year. This year’s winner in the government category was the Peace Corps’ teen Web site designed by Threespot Media.

The Webbies also have a people’s voice winner, which was Transport for London.

Find a link to all the results on FCW.com’s Download at www.fcw.com/download

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