Federal 100 winner: Lt. Col. John Persano

Lt. Col. John Persano
Intelligence officer
Marine Corps Reserve

Persano, a former intelligence officer, was the forward deployed analyst for the Golden Phoenix counterterrorism training exercise in San Diego in July 2008. He helped design the drill with no top-down budget and no formal command structure.

The goal of Golden Phoenix was to train 150 organizations to work together during a medical emergency. Persano was instrumental in creating and demonstrating a model for self-organizing emergency response through use of new technologies and social networks.

“John’s initiative and perseverance, and unique insight and experience in the esoteric interagency process, made this a highly successful demonstration,” said Kevin “Spanky” Kirsch, director of DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate’s Special Programs.

Featured

  • Management
    shutterstock image By enzozo; photo ID: 319763930

    Where does the TMF Board go from here?

    With a $1 billion cash infusion, relaxed repayment guidelines and a surge in proposals from federal agencies, questions have been raised about whether the board overseeing the Technology Modernization Fund has been scaled to cope with its newfound popularity.

  • IT Modernization
    shutterstock image By enzozo; photo ID: 319763930

    OMB provides key guidance for TMF proposals amid surge in submissions

    Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat details what makes for a winning Technology Modernization Fund proposal as agencies continue to submit major IT projects for potential funding.

Stay Connected