Voting is now closed. Winners will be announced on Nov 21.

We have a fabulous list of nominees for the FedScoop 50 Awards and we are asking our readers to cast their votes and help narrow it down to the top 50. Award winners will be recognized for their achievements and contributions to the government IT community on November 21st.

Vote for one in each category. To view our voting & past nomination guidelines click here

Golden Gov Award

For the visionary leading government into a new technology landscape with innovative ideas and by inspiring others to get on board.

Todd Park is the United States Chief Technology Officer and in this role serves as an Assistant to the President. Todd joined the Administration in August 2009 as Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, he served as a change agent and “entrepreneur-in-residence,” helping HHS harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health of the nation. Prior to joining HHS, Mr. Park co-founded Athenahealth and co-led its development into one of the most innovative health IT companies in the industry. He also co-founded Castlight, a web-based health care shopping service for consumers.

Todd Park, U.S. CTO, Executive Office of the President

Teri Takai is the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO). She serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Information Management/Information Technology and Information Assurance as well as non-intelligence Space systems, critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs, spectrum and telecommunications. She provides strategy, leadership, and guidance to create a unified information management and technology vision for the Department and to ensure the delivery of information technology based capabilities required to support the broad set of Department missions.

Teri Takai, CIO, DOD

Margie Graves oversees an IT portfolio of $5.4 billion in programs. In addition, Ms. Graves manages the operations of the Office of the Chief Information Officer, which covers the functional areas of Applied Technology, Enterprise Architecture, Data Management, IT Security, Infrastructure Operations, IT Accessibility, Budget and Acquisition. She has proven to be extremely resourceful in data center consolidation at DHS

Margie Graves, Deputy CIO, DHS

Steven VanRoekel is the second Chief Information Officer of the United States, appointed by President Obama on August 5th, 2011. The US CIO oversees federal technology spending, federal IT policy, and strategic planning of all Federal IT investments. The CIO is charged with establishing a government-wide enterprise architecture that ensures system interoperability, information-sharing, and maintains effective information security and privacy controls across the Federal Government.

Steven Van Roekel, U.S. CIO, Executive Office of the President

Mike Krieger became the Acting Chief Information Officer/G-6 in October 2013. As the G-6, he supports the Chief of Staff of the Army by advising on network, communications, and signal operations. This includes advising on the impact of communications security, force structure, equipping, and employment of network, communications, and signal capabilities on Army operations.

Michael Krieger, Acting CIO, Army/G-6

Mr. Halvorsen has oversight for the IM function within the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, and Headquarters Marine Corps. He develops strategies, policies, plans, architectures, standards, and guidance, and provides process transformation support for the entire Department of the Navy. Additionally, he ensures that the development and acquisition of IT systems are interoperable and consistent with the Department's objectives and vision. Mr. Halvorsen also serves as the Department’s Cyber/IT Workforce Community Leader, Critical Infrastructure Assurance Officer and the Senior Military Component Official for Privacy.

Terry Halvorsen, CIO, Dept. of the Navy

He is the Director of the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). ITL is one of six research laboratories within NIST, and has an annual budget of about $120M. ITL has more than 350 Federal employees, and about 160 guest researchers from industry, universities, and foreign laboratories.

Charles H. Romine, Ph.D., Director, IT Laboratory, NIST

Simon Szykman was named Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Department of Commerce in May 2010. As the Department’s CIO, Szykman is responsible for providing leadership, establishing policy, and maintaining oversight for the information technology investments that support the diverse portfolio of programs across the Commerce Department’s dozen bureaus. Szykman most recently served over three years as the CIO of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he began his professional career as part of the agency’s technical staff.

Simon Szykman, CIO, Dept. of Commerce

Mr. Robert J. Carey serves as the Department of Defense Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer. Selected to this position in October 2010, his main focus is to help lead the consolidation and standardization of the Defense information technology enterprise while strengthening its cybersecurity posture and the enterprise architecture. His additional focus is to align, strengthen and manage the office of the DoD Chief Information Officer to have it better serve the Department’s mission and help lead the IT/Cyber workforce into the 21st century.

Rob Carey, Principal Deputy CIO, DOD

He is currently the Chief Information Officer with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where his emphasis is on delivering improved business outcomes from the agency’s IT investments.

Frank Baitman, CIO, HHS

Gwynne is Director, of the Digital Services Innovation Center in the Office of Citizen Services & Innovative Technologies at the U.S. General Services Administration. She is leading cross-agency efforts to use the power of today's technologies to provide government information and services to the public anytime, any where and on any device.

Gwynne Kostin, Director, of the Digital Services Innovation Center, OCSIT, GSA

She oversees the Office of the CIO, managing the agency’s $600 million information technology budget and ensuring alignment with agency and administration strategic objectives and priorities. Under Coleman's direction GSA has significantly strengthened its governance and IT priority setting, implemented an agency-wide infrastructure transformation, and begun consolidating service delivery to increase effectiveness and efficiency. She has driven an innovation agenda, leading GSA in becoming the first agency to move to a cloud based email and collaboration platform which provides significant cost savings and improvements to security, mobility and performance.

Casey Coleman, CIO, GSA

He leads a global organization of military and civilian personnel who plan, develop, deliver, and operate joint, interoperable, command and control capabilities and a global enterprise infrastructure in direct support of the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant Commanders, Department of Defense components, and other mission partners across the full spectrum of operations.

Lt Gen Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., Director, DISA

Larry is responsible for ensuring NASA's information assets are in line with federal policies, procedures and legislation. The most important of those efforts is likely the IT Infrastructure Integration Program, which will consolidate and integrate NASA's IT contracts to increase collaboration and reduce costs at the agency.

Larry Sweet, CIO, NASA

Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Nally, as the Director for C4, Deputy Commanding General for MARFORCYBER and the DDCIO for the United States Marine Corps, leads many of the IT and cyber efficiency efforts for the Marine Corps. CHIPS asked the general to discuss these efforts in June.

Brig. Gen. Kevin Nally, CIO, USMC

Federal Leadership Award

For the public sector principal helping government implement new technologies, strategies and IT programs.

Dr. Alissa Johnson is the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for the Office of Administration in the Executive Office of the President (EOP). Dr. Johnson provides vision, guidance, and leadership for the development and implementation of Information Technology (IT) initiatives at the EOP.

Dr. Alissa Johnson, DCIO, Office of Administration, Executive Office of the President

First as a Presidential Innovation Fellow, and later as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. CTO Todd Park, Mr. Majma demonstrated dedication, persistence and results in working on open data, open government and technology policy. His work resulted in direct input into the President's budget, and spanned across several different agencies.

Raphael Majma, Senior Advisor to U.S. CTO, OSTP, Executive Office of the President

Susannah has served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) for NIST since 2003. As Deputy CIO, Ms. Schiller works closely with the NIST CIO to advise the NIST Director on the planning, execution, evaluation, and delivery of information technology services and support. With the CIO, she is responsible for planning and managing NIST’s core information technology resources effectively, efficiently and securely so that NIST can achieve its mission.

Susannah Schiller, DCIO, NIST

Deborah Diaz is the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As NASA’s DCIO, Diaz provides leadership to transform management of information technology capabilities and services to support and enable NASA’s mission. She is responsible for revitalizing the planning, development and operations of the new IT infrastructure program created to consolidate the $4.3 billion of Agency's IT and data services.

Deborah Diaz, Deputy CIO, NASA

Sonny Hashmi as the Deputy CIO serves as the Chief Technology Officer for the GSA. Sonny is responsible for leveraging emerging technologies to improve GSA operations, drive IT modernization, and lead enterprise initiatives. Sonny possesses extensive IT management experience in the public and private sectors.

Sonny Hashmi, Deputy CIO & CTO, GSA

With over 30 years of experience, Martha has provided leadership in policy, acquisition and citizen services at GSA. She has driven the Office of Citizen Services to deliver products of high value and impact while leveraging the full capabilities of a creative and passionate team. Currently, Ms. Dorris is providing executive leadership to efforts within OCS, including the creation of products and services that enable the Federal government to be open, transparent and support the Digital Government Strategy as well as the integrated delivery of information and services to the public through Ms. Dorris is passionate about driving the government to provide an excellent experience to the public.

Martha A. Dorris, Deputy Associate Administrator, OCSIT, GSA

As the CIO, Luke provides strategic direction, management services, oversight to cross component information technology efforts and IT infrastructure services. Luke provides leadership and oversight of the department’s information technology programs and services in support of the department’s technology intensive law enforcement mission.

Luke McCormack, CIO, DHS

As Executive Director for ESDO, Mr. Trippie is responsible for overseeing the department's cloud strategy and enterprise application service offerings. Mr. Trippie oversees a broad range of enterprise offerings providing capabilities for enabling a mobile workforce, enhanced information sharing across the department, and reducing the time and cost to market for new services. Mr. Trippie serves as the Chair for the DHS Applications and Services Council (ASC) which provides guidance for DHS Cloud capabilities. He also participates in several other government and private sector councils and working groups promoting commoditization of high value IT services.

Keith Trippie, Executive Director, ESDO, DHS

McKinney serves as principal technology adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Internal business needs as well as public expectations are requiring government to rethink how they effectively manage, deliver and secure digital services and information.

Richard McKinney, CIO, DOT

Bajinder became FTO's new CIO position last month. He is no stranger to the government CIO role, having served as CIO at the Office of Comptroller of the Currency for four years and as acting CIO and deputy CIO of IT operations at the Housing and Urban Development Department. He has also held major IT management positions at OCSIT at GSA, Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Bajinder Paul, CIO, FTC

As Chief Technology Officer, Pete Tseronis supports federal mission objectives by providing strategic direction and vision for IT for the Department of Energy. Pete is establishing a formal, sustainable federal technology deployment program to bring innovative solutions such as cloud computing, wireless, and mobility solutions into the government IT portfolio. To accomplish this, Pete brokers alliances between the public and private sectors to ensure that the DOE has access to the most promising innovations and world class resources.

Pete Tseronis, CTO, DOE

After finishing her tenure as a Presidential Innovation Fellow with the Department of Education, Ms. Martin work as a Senior Advisor to U.S. CTO Todd Park, and began investigating ways to improve efficiency in processing veterans claims, towards minimizing the backlog. Her work led to her appointment as CTO of the Veteran's Administration where she continues to utilize her background in business efficiency and technology to move the agency forward.

Marina Martin, CTO, Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Lieutenant General Mark S. Bowman is the Director Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) / Cyber, Chief Information Officer, Joint Staff, J6/CIO, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He develops C4 capabilities; conducts analysis and assessments; provides Joint and Combined Force C4 guidance, and evaluates C4 requirements, plans, programs and strategies for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Lt. Gen. Mark Bowman, Director C4/Cyber, CIO, Joint Staff J6/CIO, Pentagon

Neal Shelley led a team of IT experts to identify and develop a taxonomy for data center types making it possible to differentiate over 700 reported data processing elements across the Army into 16 defined types. Categorization of these data centers has facilitated Army Senior Leaders and the CIO/G-6 to make better decisions on the types of data centers to sustain and consolidate. This resulted in the first comprehensive data base of all Army data processing facilities.

Neal Shelley, Division Chief, Army Data Center Consolidation Plan, Army

Shawn Kingberry is very passionate about the people, process, and technology in every procurement and every decision. Shawn is really innovative with coming up new ways to do business, and he was the reason why we have moved from a desktop environment now with all personnel using Virtual Desktop Interface. Shawn is also strengthening the Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Program using new tools and assisting in cracking down on perpetuators that abuse government funds. lans, programs and strategies for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Shawn Kingsberry, CIO, Recovery Accountability & Transparency Board

He is responsible for strategy, planning, management, and delivery of information technology and information services; financial investigative services; and laboratory services, in support of ATF’s mission.

Rick Holgate, Assistant Director for Science & Technology & CIO, ATF, DOJ

Dr. Halton was recognized for his exemplary efforts in the implementation of an enterprise-wide Service Management practice by using a single, authoritative cloud based service management solution. Dr. Halton demonstrated executive leadership prowess in the training of over 140 IT professionals while meeting the operational requirements. He served as the focal point in establishing long-range imperative objectives through buy-in from senior executives and the affected staff.

Dr. Timothy Halton, Chief, Customer Access and Support Division, NIST

David L. McClure was appointed as the associate administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration Office of Citizen Services and Communications effective Aug. 24, 2009. In 2010, the office was re-established as the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. As associate administrator, McClure advances GSA’s responsibilities in serving the American people through open and transparent government initiatives to provide increased government accessibility to the public. McClure also identifies and applies new technologies to improve government operations and service delivery.

Dr. David McClure, Associate Administrator, OSCIT, GSA

Dr. Harris became the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Department of Education on October 1, 2008. As the CIO, he acquires and maintains all of the Department's mission critical information system resources.

Dr. Danny Harris, CIO, Dept of Education

Barbara Hoffman was selected to serve as Department of the Navy Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing, managing and providing strategic guidance for the day-to-day information management and information technology/cyberspace activities of the DON CIO staff.

Barbara Hoffman, Principal Deputy CIO, Dept. of the Navy

As the Former CIO, Lt. Gen. Lawrence reported directly to the Secretary of the Army for setting strategic direction and objectives, and supervises all Army C4 and IT functions. As the G-6, she supports the Chief of Staff of the Army by advising on network, communications, and signal operations. This includes advising on the impact of communications security, force structure, equipping, and employment of network, communications, and signal capabilities on Army operations.

Lt Gen Susan Lawrence, Former CIO/G-6, Army

Within the National Nuclear Security Administration, Howerton is the CTO responsible for technology direction and strategy for a large, distributed Information Technology program with an annual budget of approximately ~$1 billion. He also serves as the Federal Project Director for a suite of enterprise IT solutions ranging from wireless networks, manufacturing automation, cloud computing, unified communications, and Enterprise Resource Planning systems.

Travis Howerton, CTO, NNSA

As the CTO of US Customs & Border Protection, Wolf Tombe is responsible for the proactive formation of cross-cutting integrated technology strategies, architectures and solutions across CBP. He is also responsible for the Agency’s Information Transformation initiatives, which includes the CBP Enterprise Technical Architecture, CBP Technology Roadmap, Common Infrastructure, Technology Lifecycle implementation and Customer Transformation Services. Mr. Tombe Chairs both the SOA and Application Working Group and the Technology Review Committee where he provides leadership on technology planning, architecture, standards and adoption of industry best practices for technology management

Wolf Tombe, CTO, CBP, DHS

Major General John Davis has proven to be the golden standard for success from special operations to the US Cyber Command. He serves as a mentor for young professionals, inspiring them to take leadership positions in school efforts and their communities. “In order to foster talent, you need effective leadership. MG Davis is the embodiment of this and I am truly grateful for the impact that he has had on my life,” stated Chris Williams a student at Montgomery College enrolled in an undergraduate degree in Computer Science.

Major General John Davis
Senior Military Advisor for Cyber to the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy), DOD

Thomas Bayer, SEC’s CIO, is a true visionary who has led the SEC on a transformational journey and plan called “Working Smarter.” The technology transformation plan supports vital initiatives including establishment of an Electronic Data Warehouse (EDW), standardization of enterprise-wide platforms, Knowledge and Document Management systems, seamless integration of structured and unstructured data sources, modernization of and EDGAR filer system, analytical tools and a single platform to allow analysis of Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) data, advanced search and discovery capabilities, cloud computing, and complex, predictive analytical capabilities. Tom has inspired not only his IT division but the entire agency to change the way they think.

Thomas Bayer, CIO, SEC

Charles De Sanno is not only adept at running one of the largest IT enterprises in the world, but he is also savvy about continually applying strategic and innovative changes to make systems more secure and reliable. One of the ways Mr. De Sanno is driving innovation is in keeping security best practices at the forefront. He has also turned the VA’s once cumbersome manual process into streamlined leading edge automation, all the while leveraging existing IT investments.

Charles De Sanno
Executive Director, Systems Engineering / Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Leading the effort to better implement the full capability of the Host Based Security System, Chief Nixon has personally led effort to ensure training of personnel manning the Army Cyber-space and Integration Center as well as focusing on new technologies. Through his in-depth knowledge of combat operations and understanding of the impact of cyber attacks at the tactical level, Chief Nixon ensured Army Leadership to embrace other technologies and methods to secure endpoints with low or no bandwidth and legacy systems disadvantaged by the lack of cutting edge capabilities.

Ronald E. Nixon
Chief Warrant Officer 4, Sr. Warrant, Enterprise Management Division, Army Cyberspace and Integration Center

Reporting directly to the Chief Information Officer at the Department of State, the Information Resource Management Bureau’s Office of Information Assurance (IRM/IA) has instituted several initiatives to proactively address cyber security risk and assist IT professionals in managing their bureau and post information system security. These initiatives include the Site Risk Scoring program, customer toolkits, and the Joint State-USAID Solution (JSAS) for cyber security awareness training.

Gary Galloway, Deputy Director, Information Assurance, Dept. of State

Nominated in recognition for significant contributions to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), LT. Walders has created a superior healthcare-driven IT environment. He has executed the Military Health System’s largest migration and integration of two networks, which transitioned 14,000 users and 12,000 devices into the Joint Medical Network (JMED). A storage infrastructure modernization project has centrally stored and backed up all data, which enables previously unattainable insights. The new infrastructure, combined with the expanded customer service organization and training measures, has dropped the number of incidents and trouble tickets by 95 percent. LT. Walders has provided unprecedented vision and leadership, creating a model for government IT transformation and potential cross-agency collaboration.

Lt. William J. Walders, CIO, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Bernard J. Mazer, CIO, U.S. Department of the Interior, is a visionary for modernizing Information Technology (IT) in the Federal arena. Through the launch of IT Transformation, a DOI IT initiative that transitions large-scale commodity IT to customer-oriented service delivery, Mr. Mazer has implemented cloud-first and mobile technologies, created an IT shared services organization, and has been a leader of the Federal government’s data center consolidation efforts, serving as co-chair of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative. Mr. Mazer’s vision, experience, and knowledge of IT and how it best supports the Department is paving the way for DOI to be the premier IT services provider within the Federal government.

Bernard J. Mazer, CIO, Dept. of Interior

Ms. Debbie Kirkland led the task to develop the business case for the Army’s implementation to Enterprise Email. She developed the cost benefit analysis with Defense Information System Agency, Army Commands and the Army Staff. Ms. Kirkland’s effort was the pivotal analytical work that set in motion senior Army leader decisions directing migration to Enterprise email and saving over $50 million dollar per year.

Debbie Kirkland, Senior Cost Analyst, Army

Three years ago, Dr. Simon Y. Liu assumed leadership of the National Agricultural Library (NAL). Dr. Liu came with a vision to transform NAL, to recapture its prominence in the library field by adapting and adopting technologies to better meet its mission within current resource constraints, and thereby opening new frontiers for NAL. To this end, the Library was re-organized in November 2012; priorities were shaken and re-ordered; and new technologies were adopted.

Simon Y. Liu, Director, National Agricultural Library, USDA

Mr. David DeVries is a Senior Executive with broad experience in Information Technology, Information Management, and Command and Control Systems. He retired from the U.S. Army after serving more than 29 years with a variety of leadership and staff officer experience in operational assignments involving command and control communications as well as information management and technology.

Dave DeVries, Deputy CIO for Information Enterprise, DOD

Richard Hale is the Deputy CIO for Cyber Security, Department of Defense. In this position he acts as the department’s Chief Information Security Officer. Mr. Hale is responsible for ensuring the department has a well defined and well executed cyber security program, and is responsible for coordinating cyber security standards, policies and procedures with other federal agencies, coalition partners and industry.

Richard Hale, Deputy CIO, Identity and Information Assurance, DOD

Industry Leadership Award

For the private sector pioneer driving change in government IT with unique solutions.

Lynn Martin oversees a team responsible for helping federal, state, local and education customers adopt cloud computing and virtualization technology.

Lynn Martin, VP, VMware Public Sector

Troy leads Dell’s federal business, overseeing all aspects of the civilian and military sides of Dell’s government portfolio as well as the Federal channel business.

Troy West, VP & GM, US Public Enterprise Solutions at Dell

Currently the head of Global Public Sector, Teresa is responsible for Strategy, Sales and Business Development for Amazon’s Web Services and Cloud Computing business. She is charged with driving both revenue and partnership strategy across Public Sector in all geographies.

Teresa Carlson, VP, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

Ms. Schumm leads all sales, strategic, and operational functions associated with Symantec’s Public Sector business – working with US Federal, State, and Local governments as well as education institutions to improve their ability to protect and manage critical information. Specifically, she oversees sales, business development, alliances, program management, services, marketing, government relations, and contracts.

Gigi Schumn, VP & GM, Symantec Public Sector

Under Mark’s leadership the NetApp Vienna office was ranked as the 2013 #1 IT company to work for in D.C. for the fifth time by the Washington Business Journal. Being a best place to work translates into success for NetApp’s employees, customers, and partners. Mark not only strives to be the best in business, but also encourages his employees to join together to support the community in programs such as fighting childhood cancer with St. Baldrick’s, teaming with the White House to encourage veterans to seek IT certifications through the Joining Forces initiative, and organizing Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Culture comes first to Mark, but he also is a strong and supportive leader for NetApp’s public sector. As the #1 storage provider to the federal government, NetApp in the past year expanded its industry-leading flash portfolio with the availability of an all-flash array built on E-Series and previewed a new purpose-built all-flash storage architecture. NetApp also unveiled enhancements to its FAS high-end storage systems and continued to see industry momentum for clustered Data ONTAP. Additionally, NetApp delivered technology innovation focused on helping customers capitalize on cloud and mobility. These technologies enable our customers to do things they couldn’t do before at a speed they never thought possible. With our technologies, our customers are able to: reduce their data center footprint by 50%, boost storage utilization by 200% and storage system performance by up to 400%, and achieve up to 166% ROI as a result of data center transformation. Mark takes pride in the success of his employees and his customers by always emphasizing the importance of relationship building and customer loyalty. With our reliable products NetApp has released within the past year combined with great sales people, our customers are able to confidently drive change within government IT knowing that NetApp always has their back. For Mark, the human factor determines the degree of success, making him one of the best leaders in the industry.

Mark Weber, President, U.S. Public Sector, NetApp

Curt Kolcun is Vice President of Microsoft Corp.’s U.S. Public Sector business vertical. He assumed this position in the summer of 2008, after leading the U.S. Federal business since August 2003. In his leadership responsibility, Curt is responsible for sales, contracting, citizenship and marketing efforts for the company’s U.S. government, education, and public sector healthcare markets.

Curt Kolcun, VP, Microsoft, U.S. Public Sector

Generous leader, provides excellent service to community by great blogging content in the Federal Cyber realm:

Bob Gourley, Publisher,

Nigel Ballard is Intel's Director of Federal Marketing. In this role he is responsible for originating and funding Intel's outbound and partner marketing campaigns, government IT messaging, event sponsorships, social media messaging and executive administration relationships.

Nigel Ballard, Director, Federal Marketing, Intel

Ken Kartsen is vice president of federal sales for McAfee, a security solutions provider that works with both intel and defense customers. Prior to his current position, the 15-year sales veteran served in similar roles with Palo Alto Networks and IBM.

Ken Kartsen, VP, Federal Sales, McAfee

Michael Maiorana, formerly a region president at Verizon Wireless is the senior vice president of public sector markets for Verizon’s enterprise solutions business. He is responsible for sales and customer satisfaction for numerous federal, state, and local government agencies. Michael is responsible for the strategic direction Verizon takes in this segment and is involved in major sales activities and proposals.

Michael Maiorana, SVP, Public Sector Markets, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

John Borghard is responsible for all of CA Technologies’ Federal and State and Local business. This includes new product sales for both with SaaS, Cloud, and Virtualization on premise solutions. Prior to this John was responsible for complex renewals within North America for CA Technologies, which represents over one third of all of CA’s bookings.

John Borghard, SVP, Public Sector, CA Technologies

Paul Smith is vice president of Government Sales Operations at Red Hat. Mr. Smith joined Red Hat in November 2004 and leads the Red Hat Government business unit with responsibility for sales, marketing, consulting, channels and strategic planning. The business unit is responsible for the US federal government worldwide and the US state, local, and education marketplace nationally.

Paul Smith, GM and VP, Public Sector Operations, Red Hat

Mr. Jeffrey Ait is the Director, Public Sector – North America, for Good Technology, a leading Mobile Device, Application and Data Security company. Mr. Ait is responsible for the sales strategy and execution for both Federal and State and Local government business.

Jeffrey Ait, Director, Public Sector North America, Good Technology

With over 20 years in Federal sales and sales management, my goal is to support the government's mission with Information Technology tools delivered through a network of partners and develop a sales team that can accomplish this goal for themselves.

Tom Simmons, VP, U.S. Public Sector, Citrix Systems

Kay Kapoor leads a team of 4,000 AT&T professionals who are focused on delivering customized information technology and professional services solutions to the Federal Government. The unit is a leader in delivering innovative network solutions and managed services, voice and data solutions, cyber security, and mission support across Defense, Civilian and Intel agencies.

Kay Kapoor, President, AT&T Federal

SecondMuse‘s work is deeply motivated by a belief that the key to human prosperity is the intersection of diverse thinking and coordinated action. SecondMuse has become internationally known for delivering cutting-edge innovations, such as International Space Apps Challenge, National Day of Civic Hacking and Random Hacks of Kindness. Their work has been highlighted by UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon, Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the White House.

Todd Khozein, Partner, SecondMuse

IT Program of the Year

The best examples of influential IT programs that have led to cost savings, efficiencies and partnerships between agencies.

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer search tool leverages the greatest search engine algorithms built through Google search and incorporates advanced tools and features to enhance the experience. User friendly features were added to better define the search, access previous search results & create a personalized interface. The impact this search engine may have on commercialization of technology and fostering economic growth will be significant.

Search Tool. Federal Laboratory Consortium

DC-Net includes an extensive government-owned fiber infrastructure covering every section of Washington DC. DC-Net engaged the Office of Management and Budget and other key organizations to become one of the first Inter-Government Shared Service providers to federal government agencies. This Inter-Government partnership saves several federal agencies millions annually including a value add from using DC-Net’s 100Gbps optical backbone, equating to over 4.4Tbps of aggregate bandwidth.

DC-Net, Office of the CTO, District of Columbia

The NEC-FB undertook a joint modernization and data consolidation project to accommodate for the Army’s data center consolidation. The major shift included moving to a virtualized environment, consolidating and updating the IT infrastructure, providing quicker disaster recovery and continuity of operations as well as the creation of an agile environment. With all parties involved, the program’s key success was increasing storage capacity by 1,000%, strengthened disaster recovery to a two hour window, and removed physical server racks by 70%.

Ft. Bragg Enterprise Center, Army

The HQDA Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7 DAMO-FME manages the Enterprise Management Decision Support (EMDS) system program to provide Senior Army Leadership with 24/7, quick access, to current, historic, and predictive Army Enterprise readiness and resourcing information – vital to today’s Army. EMDS enables decision makers with critical data retrieved from multiple authoritative data source systems – all from a single point-of-integration technology platform. EMDS automates this business logic and analysis network to transform the raw source data into actionable and real-world applicable decision support.

Enterprise Management Decision Support (EMDS)
G-3/5/7 DAMO-FME, Army

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - IT department is under the management of Mr. York Yar-bro. This is the largest Information Technology program for the Army organization. The program is a "one stop shop" for all technology needs, including computers, networks, and communication equipment, which is extremely efficient.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - IT, Army

The State Broadband Initiative is grant program responsible for the creation of the National Broadband Map and 300 million dollars of grants to state agencies for IT and Broadband leadership. The program has been tremendously successful to date and has served as a standard for data transparency as well as interagency collaboration. For Federal and State cooperative technology programs, this serves as a model of excellence.

State Broadband Initiative, NTIA, Dept. of Commerce

The FBI launched a virtual platform and data storage initiative named Distributed Application Virtual Environment (DAVE). DAVE is a single platform that hosts 100 distributed applications used for worldwide operations. It supports more than 1,500 virtual servers and resulted in the retirement of over 550 physical servers. The Bureau has been able to cut IT spending dramatically. DAVE is recognized as the single most cost saving program ever launched within the FBI.

Distributed Application Virtual Environment (DAVE)

The implementation of the Financial and Business Management System (FBMS), as a comprehensive approach to improving current business functions, has enabled DOI to ensure efficient and careful use of limited resources leading to mission excellence and delivery of the best possible performance. This integrated system is eliminating over 80 DOI and bureau-specific systems and enabling the alignment of a business management system with the DOI's strategy of modernization, integration, accountability, and customer value.

Financial and Business Management System
Dept. of the Interior

BusinessUSA is a Presidential initiative providing businesses, exporters and entrepreneurs with a single access point to up-to-date business-related information, programs, tools and services developed to assist in the growth and development of U.S. businesses. In addition, BusinessUSA has teamed with MyUSA and the Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) project for new and innovative approaches in the expansion and growth of the website. Through ongoing communications and cooperative feedback from both the business community and our 24 federal partnerships, BusinessUSA is posed to be the website of choice for America’s businesses and exporters. Discover, Connect, Grow.

BusinessUSA, Dept. of Commerce

Over the past year the Army overcame many obstacles in order to migrate 1.5 million users to enterprise email services. This transition will begin to save the Army $76 million the first year of implementation. It is a project that has been many years in the making.

Enterprise Email Migration, Army

Innovation of the Year

Technologies implemented this year that may have been unfathomable until recently.

The Privacy and Controlled but Unclassified (CUI) Assessment Tool (PCAT) is an extremely intuitive interface that serves as the root infrastructure for approving, tracking, and maintaining a record of PII/IIF inventories for NASA Centers throughout the nation. The PCAT serves as a one-stop source for Privacy Act Systems of Records, SORN development and process, and Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) compliance reviews

PCAT, OCIO, IT & Security, NASA

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer search tool leverages the greatest search engine algorithms built through Google search and incorporates advanced tools and features to enhance the experience. User friendly features were added to better define the search, access previous search results & create a personalized interface. The impact this search engine may have on commercialization of technology and fostering economic growth will be significant.

Search Tool, Federal Laboratory Consortium

To address the challenge of compounding endless data while monitoring many sources, the Office of eDiplomacy of the Bureau of Information Resource Management developed and deployed a new information aggregation tool—The Current. The Current enables State, US Agency for International Development, and Foreign Agricultural Service personnel to pull in intranet and internet sources on a single website and create personalized, continually-refreshed newspapers and briefing books for everyday work.

The Current, Knowledge Leadership Division, Dept. of State

The State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research built an open-source GIS tool, termed Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure (CyberGIS). The tool uses data from a range of formats and applications (web browsers, Google Earth, mobile), so that users at any technological level can interact with the data. eDiplomacy recognized that CyberGIS improves communication and decision-making, increases efficiency, saves money, and creates better record keeping and geographical management.

CyberGIS, Diplomatic Innovation Division, Dept. of State and, launched as adjustable layouts that work with all platforms and resolutions to optimize the customer experience, while presenting the same high-quality content to fit smaller devices. This Responsive Design represents a significant cost savings to the government since the content is developed and maintained once. The new responsive design also adheres to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which ensures access to government information for people with disabilities.

Responsive Design, USA.Gov, OCSIT, GSA

In just 150 days time, the U.S. Department of the Interior moved over 70,000 staff from 14 de-centralized e-mail systems to a single, cloud-based e-mail and collaboration system. The unified messaging system, powered by Google Apps for Government, provides employees throughout the country, with the communication and collaboration tools they need. The unified messaging system will contribute an annual cost savings of $100 million.

Unified Messaging System Cloud Based Email, Dept. of Interior

eERDMS is a new digital platform that works in tandem with DOI’s new messaging platform. It indexed over one billion legacy e-mails, migrated 30 legacy platforms, consolidated 10,000 forms, and digitized millions of Indian trust records. eERDMS will centralize all Bureau-level records programs, convert and automate over 4,700 forms, and integrate over 1,700 dashboards. The success of eERDMS has been highlighted in major publications, including in Forbes.

eMail Enterprise Records and Document Management System (eERDMS), Dept. of Interior

GSA successfully implemented GSAlink - smart building analytics systems in 55 of the largest government office buildings across the US. This project is the largest federal smart buildings analytics project and the largest public sector smart buildings project, resulting in significant saving in energy and operation expenses. GSA is leading the industry with this project, sharing their results and lessons learned with other countries and large commercial entities.

GSALink, Smart Buildings Program, GSA

MyUSA was one of the inaugural Presidential Innovation Fellowship projects and is creating a platform that enables agencies to simply and efficiently create citizen-centric applications. MyUSA is taking a shared services approach and tackling head-on big problems such as authentication, forms, notifications, tasks, and building an app platform for government. MyUSA was featured by President Obama as central to his Second Term Management Agenda.


Most Inspiring Newcomer to Watch

Young leaders who did exceptional IT work this year.

By overseeing a new, massive implementation of tech innovation which enables such valuable exchanges among those with different security clearances, Moses and his team are helping DHS agencies better conduct ongoing information sharing and analysis in real time, protect national security interests and collaborate upon long-term, homeland security-focused trend analysis – all while saving millions of budget dollars in the acquisition and maintenance of DHS information systems.

Moses L. Mendoza, National Security Systems Operations Lead, Office of IT/CBP, DHS

Jessica launched the the blog a redesign of the blog, which led to dramatic growth in blog visibility, from 1.9 million followers to well over 6 million followers. Jessica formed a cross-Governmental Tumblr working group, representing over 15 agencies, to share best practices. She leads a small team of contributors to the blog, augmented by periodic contributions from writers at other agencies, and ensures that the Blog content is in an engaging voice.

Jessica Milcetich, Social Media Strategist, GSA

Matt Chessen is leading a new project in the State Department Office of eDiplomacy of the Bureau of Information Resource Management, an internal crowd-working platform for State. As a policy advisor to ISAF-HQ in Afghanistan, he refined policy details and innovative programs for the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program. Matt is moving from conflictzone work and is focusing his creative energy to bear on the intersections between technology and foreign affairs work.

Matt B. Chessen, International Relations Officer/Project Manager, Knowledge Leadership Division, Dept. of State

Jonathan’s innovative thinking, compassionate management style, and dedication to helping foster other career paths has been exceptional. He always helps those around him and because of this, his projects have been extremely successful. Through his engagement and support of others, he has helped grow opportunities for those around him.

Jonathan Rubin, First Fridays, Program Manager, GSA

Lee Vorthman has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer for the Federal Civilian Agencies at NetApp U.S. Public Sector. Vorthman served as the Cyber Practice Lead where he developed and executed a strategy to address the cyber security market for the Civilian, DoD, Intel, SLED and Healthcare regions. Within the past year, Lee established the NetApp Public Sector Cyber Alliance. The NetApp Cyber Alliance is a collaborative program designed to establish partnerships and to enhance the interoperability of cyber solutions based on NetApp® storage, virtualization, and big data technologies that help government agencies to go further, faster in providing services to their constituents.

Lee Vorthman, CTO, Civilian Agencies, NetApp

Garth White has helped the Immigration and Citizenship Enforcement and the Customs and Border Protection agencies to connect the dots for their custom-written “Big Data” software applications. His engineering team designed a secure isolated enclave from its existing research and development network to build Border Enforcement Analytics Program . Most recently, Garth led the Department-wide High Assurance Gateway IPT for bringing standardized policy and investigation tools for Law enforcement officers at ICE and CBP.

Garth White, IT Program Manager, Office of Science & Technology, DHS

In one year, the SocialGov Community grew from non-existence to a performance-driven coalition that is systematically creating shared solutions to our agencies' toughest digital engagement obstacles, and raising the bar for improved citizen services and reducing costs. Through in-person summits, Google hangout office hours, a listserv and other collaborative outlets, the community has launched three working groups for social media including performance guidance, accessibility toolkit as well as policy.

SocialGov, Federal Social Media Community of Practice

Russell has successfully led complex, significant projects that provide services across government, such as, responsive design, the federal agency API and the federal social media registry, and a new design for which resulted in a 100% increase in visits to the sites. He has a rare talent for deconstructing complex requests into manageable tasks and his approachable and warm manner ensure that every project team he leads will be a positive one.

Russell O'Neill, Sr. IT Project Manager,, GSA

Tech Champion of the Year

For the leaders whose passion for tech made us all think outside of the box.

Congressman Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 11th District, which encompasses Fairfax County, Prince William County, and the City of Fairfax in Northern Virginia. He was first elected in 2008 and reelected in 2010 and 2012. Congressman Connolly serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Congressman Gerald E. "Gerry" Connolly, 11th District of Virginia

Ms. Martin is being nominated for transitioning HUD for its antiquated IT environment to a modernized environment to include infrastructure to cloud computing and services as well as modernized applications platforms. Through the use of technology HUD is redefining the business processes utilization of managed and secure data to support housing services across this country. Ms. Martin went above and beyond her job description by being an innovator and change agent.

Tarrazzia Martin, Director, Hudnet, HUD

He is responsible for the delivery and operation of secure world-wide enterprise information technology services enabling the efficient and effective execution of DISA’s global combat support missions. David is working to collapse several unclassified and classified networks into one that serves the agency around the world.

David Bennett, CIO, DISA

Mr. Sasala is responsible for the establishment and oversight of the technical direction of the Agency. Mr. Sasala is charged with ensuring that ITA takes a proactive approach to identifying and deploying new technologies, ensuring alignment with and integration of the Agency’s technology with Federal, Department of Defense (DoD), Army and Pentagon technology strategies.

Thomas Sasala, CTO, Army Information Technology Agency, Army

Bryan Sivak joined HHS as the Chief Technology Officer in July 2012. In this role, he is responsible for helping HHS leadership harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health and welfare of the nation.

Bryan Sivak, CTO, HHS

Dr. Sasi Pillay serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Information Technology (IT) at National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA). In this capacity, he over-sees how promising technologies are developed, evaluated and integrated into main-stream IT services at the Agency. He also has the responsibility for managing Enterprise Architecture and Open Government activities for the Agency.

Dr. Sasi Pillay, CTO for IT, NASA

FedMentors of the Year

These busy leaders stepped up and took the time to share their very best practices, tips and career advice with the next generation of leaders.

Michael Daniel is a Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator. In this position, Michael leads the interagency development of national cybersecurity strategy and policy, and he oversees agencies’ implementation of those policies. Michael also ensures that the federal government is effectively partnering with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, other branches and levels of government, and other nations. Check out this FedMentor's video here

Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and CyberSecurity Coordinator, White House

Since joining the agency, he has served a vital role in President Barack Obama’s agenda to build a more sustainable, responsible and effective government for the American people. GSA is responsible for improving the government’s workplace by managing assets, delivering maximum value in acquisitions, preserving historic property, and implementing technology solutions. Check out this FedMentor's video here

Dan Tangherlini, Administrator, GSA

Joseph G. Jordan was confirmed as the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy on May 24, 2012. As the Administrator, Mr. Jordan is responsible for developing and implementing acquisition policies supporting over $500 billion in spending by the United States government each year. Check out this FedMentor's video here

Joe Jordan, Administrator, FPP, OMB, Executive Office of the President

Mark Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008, and serves on the Senate Banking, Budget, Commerce and Intelligence committees. After more than four years in the Senate, Senator Warner has established himself as a national leader in efforts to find bipartisan consensus to create balanced solutions to reduce the federal debt and deficit. He also has been a champion for military men and women, their families, and our military veterans. Senator Warner also is a leader in Congress in efforts to promote private-sector innovation and to help our nation's small businesses and start-up companies succeed. Check out this FedMentor's video here

Senator Mark R. Warner, Commonwealth of Virginia

Rowan Gould is the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Deputy Director for Operations. In this capacity, he oversees regional directors, ensuring agency performance and accountability, consistent application of all Service resource management policies, and is responsible for the day-to-day Service operations. Check out this FedMentor's video here

Rowan Gould, Deputy Director, Fish & Wildlife Services, Dept. of the Interior

Ms. Roy is a national leader in information sharing and access, specializing in cultivating innovation across complex organizations and leading communities of action. Ms. Roy joined the DHS in December of 2006 and current serves as the CIO’s Executive for Information Sharing, leading the technical deployment of an Information Sharing Environment (ISE) for the homeland security enterprise. Under her leadership are the award-winning program management offices for the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN), the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) and the Identity Credential and Access Management (ICAM). Check out this FedMentor's video here

Donna Roy, NIEM Executive Director, Information Sharing Environment Office, DHS

Daniel Risacher is a policy wonk in the directorate for Enterprise Services and Integration under the office of the Department of Defense CIO. Dan is a member of the DoD CIO's staff of "net-centric evangelists" advocating the net-centric transformation of the Defense Department for improved information sharing and collaboration. Check out this FedMentor's video here

Dan Risacher, Developer Advocate, OCIO, Department of Defense

Mark’s work involves broad range of government acquisition and IT issues including Schedule 70, Networx and GWACs as well as all the many interesting IT subjects of Software Acquisition and Management, Secure Identity Management, Outsourcing (all things IT from labor to cloud to managed data centers, GOCO and COCO models, etc,) IT Consulting, and IT security in general. He combines his CIO experience in the acquisition community. Check out this FedMentor's video here

Mark Day, Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Integrated Technology Services, GSA

Neal Ziring is the Technical Director for the National Security Agency’s Information Assurance Directorate (IAD), serving as a technical advisor to the IAD Director, Deputy Director, and other senior leadership. Mr. Ziring is responsible for setting the technical direction across the Information Assurance mission space. Check out this FedMentor's video here

Neal Ziring, Technical Director, Information Assurance Directorate, National Security Agency

Paul Sforza joined the U.S. Treasury Department in 2008 and served as the Department’s first Chief Technology Officer until January of 2012. Focused on promoting greater innovation, efficiency and effectiveness, Paul currently serves as a senior advisor to Treasury’s CIO and management team on matters related to IT strategy, enterprise architecture and IT investment governance. Check out this FedMentor's video here

Paul Sforza, Senior Advisor/Director, IT Strategy & Governance, Department of Treasury

Denise Wofford serves as the Deputy Director responsible for technical management in the U.S. Copyright office. Her primary focus is on the maintenance and enhancement of the United States Electronic Copyright system, and she is the technical liaison for Copyright with outside organizations, and other offices at the Library of Congress. Check out this FedMentor's video here

Denise Wofford, Deputy Director, Chief Technology Officer, Copyright Office, Library of Congress

Xavier Hughes is the Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Labor at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he oversees the research and development agenda for open government, the introduction of new technologies to enhance agency customer service, and the use of open data ecosystems to protect the public and encourage problem solving. Check out this FedMentor's video here

Xavier Hughes, Chief Innovation Officer, Dept. of Labor

David Muntz serves as the Principal Deputy National Coordinator at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. In this role, David works directly with the National Coordinator, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, and oversees the activities of the four offices within ONC: Office of the Deputy National Coordinator for Programs and Policy; Office of the Deputy National Coordinator for Operations; Office of Economic Analysis, Evaluation, and Modeling; and the Office of the Chief Scientist. Check out this FedMentor's video here

David Muntz, Principal Deputy National Coordinator, HHS

Michael has served as the Director and CIO at NASS. Prior to joining NASS, Dr. Valivullah spent about 9 years in the public sector, working in positions such as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security, Associate Director, Chief of Programs and Planning and Chief Enterprise Architect at the U.S. Capitol Police. Check out this FedMentor's video here

Dr. Michael Valivullah, CTO, NASS / USDA

Hemanth is responsible for designing, evaluating, and recommending the appropriate technology solutions to support the policies and directives issued by the RATB. Hemanth also merges the recommended technologies with the strategic business objectives of the organization. Hemanth also is the leader in participating and/or leading discussions on the evaluation and acquisition of new technologies. Check out this FedMentor's video here

Hemanth Setty, CTO, Recovery Accountability & Transparency Board

Up & Comer of the Year

Government employees who made you think, “They’ll be running the show some day”

Haley Van Dyck works for the US Chief Information Officer where her policy portfolio covers open data, online and mobile technologies. She is the lead for the Digital Government Strategy, an directive issued by President Obama aimed at delivering better digital services to the American people.

Haley Van Dyck, Policy Analyst, Executive Office of the President

Scott Renda currently serves as the Cloud Computing and Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative Portfolio Manager in the E-Government & Information Technology Office at the Office of Management and Budget. His work includes facilitating the adoption of cloud computing across the Federal government, directing the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and leading Federal data center consolidation efforts, including policy formation and budget guidance. Scott also oversees 7+ billion in Federal IT spending at the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Transportation and the Small Business Administration.

Scott Renda, Portfolio Manager, Policy Analyst, Executive Office of the President

Isaiah Joo has received praise and recognition from senior Department officials, and has reached the highest levels of the Department, including an event he organized with Secretary Clinton. Isaiah has had highly successful Tech@State conferences, quarterly two-day seminars that advance State’s program to complement traditional foreign policy tools with new instruments of statecraft that fully leverage the networks, technologies, and demographics of our interconnected world. He became the business development and outreach lead for the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows’ Innovation Toolkit project. Isaiah also is on the board of Young Government Leaders (YGL) as their Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Isaiah Joo, Program Analyst, Office of eDiplomacy, Dept. of State

Mr. Miller is the project lead for the Army's efforts in the integration of real time communications services, finding people online and communicating instantaneously over text, voice, video. What the Army calls Unified Capabilities (UC). His efforts also incorporate partnerships with Defense Information Systems Agency and the U.S. Air Force to acquire a single UC capability that meets the requirements of all three agencies/departments. It is an effort that will improve efficiencies, effectiveness, and security in a period of resource constraints.

Paul M. Miller, Unified Capabilities Project Lead HQDA, CIO/G6, Army

Desmond Brown is an exception leader and mentor who takes interest to learn about your companies capabilities, make introductions within the agency and hosts events. Desmond welcomes his vendors and educates them a new path of how we can be successful in working with OPM and elsewhere. Mr Brown is visionary, passionate leader who represents the public sector.

Desmond Brown, Small Business Director, OSDBU, OPM

Katie Griffin is a GS-12 Army Knowledge Leader who started the year as a policy analyst and ended the year as the Acting CIO/G-6 Policy Team Lead. She published three numbered Army documents, serving as the principal editor, comment adjudicator, and initiative lead. She frequently met with Senior Executives throughout the Army to resolve content issues and kept the documents on track for publication. Additionally, she authored a memorandum in response to the Presidential Executive Order Promoting Efficient Spending which has resulted in a projected annual savings of over $20M for the Army to date.

Katie M. Griffin, Acting Policy Team Lead, HQDA CIO/G-6, Army

Thao Nguyen has been the acting Team Lead of the Mission Systems team under the Compliance and Policy Branch. During this period she lead the Agency through the Security Authorization (SA) process for two systems, HR-Access and the Workers Compensation Case Management System. She adapted to all the challenges and presented well-researched and thoughtout recommendations to ensure the SAs were kept on schedule while preserving the security integrity of the systems. Mrs. Nguyen’s performance is to be commended and is in keeping with the Agency's vision of an efficient and effective organization.

Thao Nguyen, Team Lead for Mission System Compliance & Policy, TSA, DHS

Kirk McElwain is responsible for complete restructuring and updating of one of the most popular website for small businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators in the U.S. SBA.Gov is already an award-winning website due to his leadership and creativity.

Kirk McElwain, Director, Online Media, Office of Communications & Public Liaison, SBA