The ties that bind

What is the tie that links a would-be restaurant owner, rock-and-roll singer, SWAT team member, movie producer, baseball commissioner, automobile tester, HGTV home-renovation host, deep-sea fisherman, home chef, NFL linebacker, travel writer and shortstop for the New York Yankees?

Those might have been the jobs of this year’s winners of the fourth annual Rising Star awards -- if they had not pursued much less fanciful careers in the world of information technology.

Thank goodness for our government and our nation that the 28 men and women singled out for recognition in the early stages of their technology careers have found a truer calling – at least for the time being. Nominated by colleagues and chosen by an independent panel of judges, this year’s winners work in all corners of government and in private-sector businesses that serve the government.

In the course of putting together their profiles for this special issue, we asked each Rising Star to tell us his or her dream nontechnology job – hence the answers listed above. More to the point, we asked about their latest accomplishments, career highlights and whom they considered to be their early IT mentors.

What emerged are the ties that bind them to one another and the government IT community at large: initiative, creativity, entrepreneurial drive and, of course, unlimited imagination.

The 1105 Government Information Group, publisher of Federal Computer Week, is pleased to present the 2009 Rising Star award winners. As always, we tip our hats to our distinguished judges — and to Phil Kiviat and the Young AFCEANs, who first suggested this program and offer much-welcomed support.

About the Author

David Rapp is editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week and VP of content for 1105 Government Information Group.

Featured

  • Contracting
    8 prototypes of the border walls as tweeted by CBP San Diego

    DHS contractors face protests – on the streets

    Tech companies are facing protests internally from workers and externally from activists about doing for government amid controversial policies like "zero tolerance" for illegal immigration.

  • Workforce
    By Mark Van Scyoc Royalty-free stock photo ID: 285175268

    At OPM, Weichert pushes direct hire, pay agent changes

    Margaret Weichert, now acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, is clearing agencies to make direct hires in IT, cyber and other tech fields and is changing pay for specialized occupations.

  • Cloud
    Shutterstock ID ID: 222190471 By wk1003mike

    IBM protests JEDI cloud deal

    As the deadline to submit bids on the Pentagon's $10 billion, 10-year warfighter cloud deal draws near, IBM announced a legal protest.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.