AFFIRM honors Lee Holcomb for thinking big

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Lee Holcomb, whose work on NASA's Voyager mission earlier in his career imbued him with the notion to dream big, received the Association for Federal Information Resources Management's highest honor for executive leadership at an awards ceremony this month.

Holcomb, now chief technology officer for the Department of Homeland Security, encouraged fellow IT and industry executives to set bold visions and to be change agents in their organizations.

He added that though certain circumstances call for command and control leaders, the most effective leaders he has seen'and the ones he prefers to emulate'are those who believe in collaboration, empowering their people and soliciting input and comment.

Also receiving 2005 executive leadership awards from AFFIRM:

  • Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-Maine)'legislative leadership


  • Ken Salaets, director of government relations for the Information Technology Council'leadership in industry


  • Robert A. Burton, associate administrator, acquisition policy, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget'leadership in acquisition and procurement


  • Keith C. Jackson (posthumously), former CIO, Forest Service, Agriculture Department' leadership in service to the citizenry


  • Priscilla E. Guthrie, deputy CIO, Defense Department' leadership in e-government


  • David M. Wennergren, CIO, Department of the Navy'leadership in service to our country


  • Tish Tucker, director, Program Management Office, Agency for International Development'leadership for innovative applications.

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