2016 Rising Star Awards
Contracting Officer, Federal Systems Integration and Management Center, General Services Administration
- By Mark Rockwell
- Nov 11, 2016
As one of the General Services Administration’s top IT shoppers, Michael Skorny negotiates complex technical issues for his federal clients and contractors.
Those talents were obvious in his handling of a $200 million task order for a modernization effort at the U.S. Marshals Service under GSA’s Alliant contract.
The cutting-edge refresh was needed by the Marshals Service, whose aging mission IT systems had security vulnerabilities that couldn’t be patched without risking system failure. Furthermore, the old systems were largely built on custom code that was not well documented, and they could not run on or were not optimized for mobile devices, an increasingly critical path for an agency charged with protecting the nation’s justice system.
Skorny negotiated a task order that rewards the vendor based on its performance. It will replace stand-alone mission systems at the Marshals Service with a web-based IT solution that will increase operational and business capabilities and integrate all mission data into a single solution for enhanced business intelligence gathering, reporting, operational support and decision-making by a mobile workforce.
Skorny is now launching a recompete procurement for the Enterprise Networked Services Support contract for the Department of Homeland Security’s global classified networks. The contract will define the future of such networks across civilian agencies, and Skorny has given every indication that he is more than qualified to handle the challenge.
Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.
Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.
Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.
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