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OVERHEARD

Martha Johnson, administrator of the General Services Administration, in a speech at the Interagency Resources Management Conference:
“Why are you not teleworking? Are you in love with the 1980s for some reason?”

Jerry Johnston, the Environmental Protection Agency’s geospatial information officer, also at IRMCO:
“I don’t like the term 'stovepipes.' I use ‘cylinders of excellence.’ "
 
EVENTS WE ATTENDED

The attendees of a morning-long symposium on secure cloud computing April 13 were taken by surprise when they had to walk through metal detectors under the watchful eyes of uniformed and plainclothes law enforcement officers to get in. The reason: The event was held at the Willard Hotel, just two blocks from the White House, and part of the area cordoned off for two days for the Nuclear Security Summit.

The heads of state of Germany and India were among the dignitaries staying at the Willard. Greg Gianforte, chief executive officer of cloud computing provider Right Now and keynote speaker at the event, told the audience: "We believe this is the most secure event in the history of government computing."

Actor Kevin Bacon and his musician brother Michael were the headliners at the 28th annual awards dinner of the USO of Metropolitan Washington. The duo, who front the Bacon Brothers Band, received the USO Merit Award for their visits with wounded soldiers, sailors and Marines at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

They weren't the only celebrities who turned out that night. Montel Williams, Miss America Caressa Cameron, NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, and Mick Foley and Sgt. Slaughter of professional wrestling fame also were in attendance. Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" made a videotaped appearance to introduce USO Metro President Elaine Rogers. He joked about "Rogers' Rules of Engagement." "If Elaine asks you do something, you do it," he said. "And if Elaine is talking, you don't."

There also were the decidedly D.C.-centric stars in attendance, such as Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Vice Chairman Gen. James Cartwright. Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs and current national security adviser James Jones was also part of the program.

But the real stars were the honorees from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, who were recognized in a "Special Salute to Our Nation's Heroes" segment.

Receiving standing ovations were:

  • Master Sgt. Robert Sutherland of the National Guard.
  • 1st Lt. Mark Wise of the Army.
  • Cpl. Jeremy Stengle of the Marine Corps.
  • Petty Officer David Brown of the Navy.
  • Staff Sgt. David Flowers of the Air Force.
  • Aviation Survival Technician Justin Munk of the Coast Guard.

Col. Gordon Roberts, commander of the Medical Center Brigade at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, received the John Gioia Patriot Award. Roberts is the youngest living recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, which he received while serving during the Vietnam War.

At the 2010 Interagency Resources Management Conference, a federal technologist who uses computers to help enforce child support laws and a multiagency team that is managing the flow of people across the U.S. border received awards for making different government sectors work together better.

The General Services Administration gave the individual IRMCO award to Joseph Bodmer, senior information technology specialist and project director at the Health and Human Services Department’s State and Tribal Systems Division. Bodmer developed a computer database that improves communication between state and local governments and tribal entities that track and enforce child support laws. GSA said the system is expected to save tribes and the federal government from developing duplicative systems.

A cross-agency team working on the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative received the 2010 Team IRMCO award for its collaborative efforts to set up technologies to better manage the flow of U.S. citizens and legitimate foreign visitors while also strengthening border security, GSA said. The team included employees from the Customs and Border Protection agency, GSA and the State Department.

Former CIA director and retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden used a metaphor from his military service to explain why it’s important for intelligence agencies to brief members of Congress when he spoke at a conference on intelligence reform in Washington hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center April 6.

“The overwhelming instinct of the intelligence agencies is to brief the Hill, brief them broadly and brief them deeply,” Hayden said. “To use an Air Force metaphor — since I spent most of my life with the Air Force — if we want these people to be there at the crash, we’ve got to put them on the manifesto.”

PEOPLE

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has been honored by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers for his use of information technology. NASCIO gave O’Malley its 2010 National Technology Champion Award, which honors “pioneers who promote excellence in both technology and good government.”

The group credited O’Malley, a former mayor of Baltimore, for the data-driven approach to Maryland IT programs such as StateStat and BayStat.

“As governor, [O'Malley] has demonstrated he is a champion for technology by making IT an integral part of his management process, applying performance metrics to measure and continually monitor progress in a wide variety of statewide and regional programs,” NASCIO said.

The Air Force announced the appointment of Brig. Gen. Ian Dickinson as the new director of communications and information and chief information officer at Headquarters Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

Dickinson is commander of the 81st Training Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., where he commands 12,000 airmen and civilians. The organization provides technical training for officers, enlisted troops and civilians of the Air Force, Air National Guard and Reserve, and other Defense Department agencies.

According to an April 7 release from the Defense Department, Linda Allen has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service and is assigned to be director of the Acquisition and Procurement Office of DOD's Washington Headquarters Services in Washington, D.C. Allen previously was director of the office's Enterprise Services Division.

Ken Thompson, a former federal Networx telecommunications transition manager, has been hired by TurningPoint Global Solutions to be director of Networx Transition Services. Thompson is responsible for administering the Consumer Product Safety Commission's move from FTS 2001 to Networx Universal, the new telecom program.

Before joining TurningPoint, Thompson spent 18 years in various telecom program management roles at the Veterans Affairs Department. Most recently, he led the department's $1.5 billion telecom infrastructure and services transition. Thompson retired from VA in May 2009.

TurningPoint is a software engineering and information technology services company.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Christopher Painter, special assistant to the president for cybersecurity, has joined the roster of speakers at the Management of Change Conference, which is set for May 23-25 in Philadelphia. Painter joins Martha Johnson, administrator of the General Services Administration; Devon Bryan, deputy associate chief information officer for cybersecurity at the Internal Revenue Services; and Mathew Blum, associate administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, among other speakers. The American Council for Technology/Industry Advisory Council produces the annual conference.

Lt. Gen. William Lord, chief of warfighting integration and chief information officer of the Air Force, will speak at a breakfast hosted by FedSources as part of the organization's "Get to Know Your CIO" series. The event will be held May 26 at 7 a.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in McLean, Va.

 

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