SNG honors 2019 FedScoop 50 winners

Scoop News Group hosted its annual FedScoop 50 awards reception Thursday night at the Hay-Adams Hotel rooftop, honoring the top leader in the federal technology space who’ve made a lasting impact on the community and the nation in 2019.

The past year in federal IT was one filled with transformative policy, a continued laser-focus on modernization and cybersecurity, and taking ambitious steps toward the technologies of tomorrow.

To cap off these achievements, Scoop News Group hosted its annual FedScoop 50 awards reception Thursday night at the Hay-Adams Hotel rooftop, honoring the top leaders in the federal technology space who’ve made a lasting impact on the community and the nation in 2019.

This year, FedScoop received more than 500,000 votes for thousands of nominees in September and October. Ultimately, FedScoop narrowed that down to 200 finalists from which the public voted for the top 50 leaders across eight categories: Golden Gov: Executive of the Year, Federal Leadership, Cybersecurity Leader of the Year, Disruptor of the Year, Industry Leadership, Most Inspiring Up & Comer, Tech Champion of the Year, and Innovation of the Year.

Congratulations to the FedScoop 50 awardees and all of the more than 200 finalists who have made significant impacts in the past year.


This year’s recipients, alphabetically by each category, are:

Golden Gov: Executive of the Year

  • Anil Cheriyan, Director of the Technology Transformation Services & Deputy Commissioner, GSA
  • Dana Deasy, CIO, DOD
  • Margie Graves, Deputy Federal CIO, Executive Office of the President
  • Suzette Kent, Federal CIO, Executive Office of the President
  • Chris Krebs, Director, CISA, DHS
  • Paul Nakasone, Director, NSA & Commander, U.S. Cyber Command
  • Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, Director, DISA & Commander, JFHQ-DODIN
  • Grant Schneider, Federal CISO & Sr. Director, National Security Council, Executive Office of the President
  • Gen. Jack Shanahan, Director, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, DOD
  • Margaret Weichert, Deputy Director, OMB
  • John Zangardi, CIO, DHS (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Federal Leadership

  • Gundeep Ahluwalia, CIO, Dept. of Labor
  • Jose Arrieta, CIO, HHS
  • John Felker, Assistant Director for Integrated Operations, CISA, DHS
  • Gregory Garcia, Deputy CIO/G-6, U.S. Army
  • James Gfrerer, Assistant Secretary for IT & CIO, Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Carlene Ileto, Executive Director, Infrastructure Services Office, DHS
  • Joe Klimavicz, CIO & CDO, DOJ
  • Frank Konieczny, CTO, U.S. Air Force
  • Phil Landfried, Assistant Commissioner & CIO, CBP
  • Matt Lira, Special Assistant to the President for Innovation Policy & Initiatives, Executive Office of the President
  • Mike Madsen, Deputy Director, DIU, DOD
  • Ashley Mahan, Acting Director, FedRAMP, GSA
  • Bill Marion, Acting Chief, Information Dominance & Deputy CIO, U.S. Air Force
  • Clare Martorana, CIO, OPM
  • Rajive Mathur, Deputy Commissioner for Systems & CIO, SSA
  • Essye Miller, Acting Principal Deputy CIO, DOD
  • Kaschit Pandya, Acting Deputy CIO, Tax Reform, IRS
  • Dennis Papula, Chief Business Technology Officer, Program Support Center, HHS
  • Maria Roat, CIO, SBA
  • John Sherman, CIO, Intelligence Community
  • David Shive, CIO, GSA
  • Ed Simcox, CTO, HHS
  • Bill Vajda, CIO, Dept. of Interior
  • Gary Washington, CIO, USDA
  • Renee Wynn, CIO, NASA
  • Maj. Gen. Garett Yee, Assistant to the Director, DISA

Industry Leadership

  • Shaun Bierweiler, VP & GM, Public Sector, Cloudera
  • Alexander Chapin, Executive Director, DOD/IC, McAfee
  • Cameron Chehreh, CTO & VP, Federal Pre-Sales Engineering, Dell Technologies
  • Casey Coleman, SVP, Global Government Industry, Salesforce
  • Laurie Cook, VP, Public Sector Sales & Alliances, Blue Prism
  • Mac Curtis, President & CEO, Perspecta
  • Rick Herrmann, Director, Americas Public Sector Region, Intel Federal
  • David Levy, VP, U.S. Government, Nonprofit & Healthcare, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services
  • Paul Smith, SVP & GM, Red Hat
  • Bryan Thomas, SVP, Public Sector, World Wide Technology
  • David Young, SVP, Strategic Government, CenturyLink

Cybersecurity Leader of the Year

  • Donna Bennett, Deputy CISO, Dept. of Commerce
  • Karen Evans, Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, Energy Security & Emergency Response, Dept. of Energy
  • Wanda Jones-Heath, CISO & Chief, Cybersecurity Division, U.S. Air Force
  • Oki Mek, CTO, Division of Acquisition, HHS
  • Anne Neuberger, Director, Cybersecurity, NSA
  • Dr. Jay Ribeiro, Chief Cybersecurity Officer, ATF
  • Jack Wilmer, CISO & Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity, DOD

Tech Champion of the Year

  • Matt Cutts, Administrator, USDS

Disruptor of the Year

  • Surafeal Asgedom, Chief Modernization Officer, Dept. of Veteran Affairs
  • Ted Kaouk, Chief Data Officer, USDA
  • Michael Kratsios, CTO of the United States, The White House

Most Inspiring Up & Comer

  • Spencer Cummings, Branch Chief, Division of Analytics and Surveillance, FERC

Innovation of the Year

Billy Mitchell

Written by Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Scoop News Group's editorial brands. He oversees operations, strategy and growth of SNG's award-winning tech publications, FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. After earning his journalism degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Billy received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing while interning at publications like Rolling Stone.

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