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Gaurav 'GP' Pal: Pushing Recovery.gov into the future

Name: Gaurav ‘GP’ Pal

Age: 40

Organization: Smartronix

Title: Director, Cloud Services and IT Modernization Solutions Practice

Nominated for: Helping drive the evolution of Recovery.gov, which included its migration to a public cloud and the addition of visualization features, Web 2.0 widgets and mobile applications.

First IT mentor: Darrel Hinkelman, who taught me the importance of customer service in IT and was a big advocate of “managing by walking around.”

Latest accomplishment on the job: Helping build a standards-based data analytics platform for identifying risk in federal awards and payments.

Career highlight: Delivering Recovery.gov 2.0 in 11 weeks with a great team and a happy customer.

Your advice for a government IT wannabe: Understand the mission, and bring innovative and executable solutions to the table.

What you enjoy most about working in government IT: The challenge of solving big problems that affect millions of people.

Three favorite job-related bookmarks: GigaOM.com, TechCrunch.com, Meetup.com

Dream non-IT-related job: Author

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