AFFIRM names Flyzik IT exec of year

CIO James J. Flyzik says that successful IT reinvention programs help employees handle
cultural change.

James J. Flyzik, the Treasury Department’s chief information officer, won the
recognition of his peers this month.

The Association for Federal Information Resources Management awarded Flyzik, who is
also vice chairman of the CIO Council, its information technology executive of the year
award. Each year, AFFIRM, a member organization of government systems workers, recognizes
outstanding executive leadership in the IT community.

Flyzik, in his acceptance speech, said that the government has to put aside its
cultural barriers if it wants to keep up with the rapid change of private-sector

"When I visit companies in the private sector that are using IT to reinvent their
administrative functions, I think we in government can do the same," he said.
"We need to help our employees deal with change."

AFFIRM also honored six others at the awards luncheon in Washington:

Stone and Sacks were both managers for the Mars Pathfinder System project. Stone, a
technical manager and engineer at JPL, designed, implemented and tested the on-board
hardware and software that generated command sequences for the Pathfinder robotic rover.

Sacks managed Pathfinder’s ground data system development. He oversaw the
technical and professional aspects of the project, including budget and schedule.

Gormley replaced several systems product schedules with the single IT Schedule that
lets vendors continually refresh their offerings, allows continuous open seasons for
adding new vendors, exploits teaming arrangements, and combines product and service deals.

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