2013 Fed 100

Federal 100: Judges

FCW receives hundreds of nominations for the Federal 100, and an independent panel of judges reviews every one to identify the most worthy winners each year. The experts, many of them past winners themselves, are the Federal 100's "secret sauce," and FCW is grateful for their time and expertise. This year's panel is profiled below.

Daniel J. Chenok
Executive Director
IBM Center for the Business of Government

At IBM, Chenok combines his deep knowledge of how government works with his business experience in the private sector. He started his career in government as branch chief for information policy and technology at the Office of Management and Budget and moved to the private sector in 2003.

Linda Cureton

Capping her 34-year government career with the top IT job at NASA, Cureton has led the way for her agency's active engagement with the public; she retires from government service this month. Cureton's long career also includes time at the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Energy Department. In her spare time, she has written a book on management and donated the proceeds to her alma mater, Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Margie Graves
Deputy CIO
Department of Homeland Security

As the deputy CIO since 2008, Graves has been the driving force behind the department’s data center consolidation effort and has managed an IT portfolio of more than $5 billion. With more than 20 years’ experience in management consulting, she has focused on consolidating the department’s disparate IT resources and networks. She won a Federal 100 award in 2012 for that work.

Trey Hodgkins
Senior Vice President of the Global Public Sector

Hodgkins champions the interests of the association’s members and industry at large as Congress crafts legislation on procurement, cybersecurity and national security. His 20-plus years of government affairs work has given him a deep understanding of the competing interests of policy and business. Hodgkins won a Federal 100 award in 2011.

David McClure
Associate Administrator Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies
General Services Administration

McClure is last year’s government Eagle award winner. At GSA, he leads the Obama administration’s efforts to make government more accessible to the public. McClure came to GSA from Gartner, where he served as managing vice president of the government research team. He also spent 18 years at the Government Accountability Office, where he conducted wide-ranging reviews of major systems development.

Dawn Meyerriecks
Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Acquisition, Technology and Facilities
Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Meyerriecks has spent the past 20 years on the cutting edge of technology in both government and industry. With time as a consultant and as a vice president of technology at AOL, she began her government service as chief technology officer at the Defense Information Systems Agency and ultimately was responsible for building the organization to manage the Global Information Grid. Meyerriecks was GCN’s Defense Executive of the Year in 2004 and is a Federal 100 award winner.

Lisa A. Schlosser
Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of E-Government and IT
Office of Management and Budget

In a role that is often described as the deputy U.S. CIO, Schlosser manages the office and the agenda for federal CIO Steven VanRoekel. She brings decades of experience at agencies as diverse as the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Transportation Department. In addition, Schlosser serves as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserves and was deployed to the Middle East for a year during the Iraq War. She won a Federal 100 award in 2008.

Terry L. Watson
Deputy Program Executive Officer, Enterprise Information Systems
U.S. Army

Watson has more than 30 years of government service that began in finance and grew into managing more than 60 Army and Defense Department acquisition programs, including five large enterprise resource planning efforts.

David M. Wennergren
Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer
Department of Defense

Wennergren chaired the Federal 100 judging panel for the third year. He won FCW's Eagle award in 2007, and his long career at DOD includes service as the deputy CIO and as the Navy Department CIO. He is a past vice chairman of the CIO Council and also served on this year's panel of Eagle award judges.

Eagle Judges

From each year's Federal 100, a separate slate of judges selects two Eagles -- the most distinguished government and private-sector individuals among these 100 top talents. Once an individual has been selected as an Eagle award winner, he or she is retired from future consideration for Federal 100 awards. Many former Eagle winners serve as judges for the program.

Mark Forman
Co-Founder and President
Government Transaction Services
Eagle Award for Government 2002

The former e-gov administrator and strategic mind behind many of the Quicksilver initiatives, Forman is now back in private industry but remains focused on making the government more citizen-centric.

Linda Gooden
Executive Vice President, Information Systems and Global Solutions
Lockheed Martin
Eagle Award for Industry 2002

Gooden retires this spring after a long career at Lockheed Martin that included running one of their four principal business units and being named by Forbes as one of the 50 most powerful women in business. Her next step is travel and spending time giving back to the community.

Kevin Plexico
Vice President of Federal Information Solutions

Though Plexico has not (yet) won an Eagle himself, he is one of the closest observers of the federal IT community. Plexico follows the money in the public-sector marketplace, tracking contract opportunities as well as winners and losers of the contracts as he manages the research staff that compiles the GovWin database and information products.

Patrick R. Schambach
Vice President and General Manager, Homeland Security and Law Enforcement
Eagle Award for Government 2003

Through a more than three-decade career in government -- including time at the Secret Service and becoming employee No. 6 at the Transportation Security Administration -- Schambach developed deep expertise in security and law enforcement. Today, he uses that expertise in private practice to shape solutions for nagging security issues.

David M. Wennergren
Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer
Department of Defense
Eagle Award for Government 2007

Wennergren was the chief judge for the third year for the Federal 100 and Eagle awards.

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