GITS Board honors work of DOD team, Air Force command squad

GITS Board honors work of DOD team, Air Force command squad

By Christopher J. Dorobek

GCN Staff

RICHMOND, Va.'The Defense Department's Joint Technical Architecture team and the Air Force's Air Mobility Command Lead Command Team last week received honors from the Government Information Technology Board at the annual Industry Advisory Council's Executive Leadership Conference.

The Joint Technical Architecture team received the GITS Board's Leadership Award for distinctive achievements in promoting IT, said Greg Woods, GITS Board chairman and chief executive officer of the Education Department's Office of Student Financial Assistance Programs, during a presentation at the conference.

The team has established a new benchmark in providing technical leadership for increased government use of commercial products. The group established DOD's first enterprisewide guidance, Woods said.

The architecture provides the standards and technical profiles for an entire range of IT used within the department: office automation, command and control applications, intelligence systems, combat support, modeling and simulation, and embedded IT within complex weapons systems.

The Air Mobility Command Lead Command Team for Global Communications System-High Frequency drew a leadership award for its work promoting modernization, funding, procurement, policy and expansion of GCS-HF services. The team defended its funds against congressional cuts and received an additional $10.2 million to implement new system upgrades.

The board also honored five federal systems executives:

• Gayle Gordon, assistant director for IRM at the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management, for promoting govermentwide systems innovations in her role as chairwoman of the board's IT Innovation Fund Committee

• Martha Orr, chief of program services in the Veteran Affairs Department's Office of Financial Operations, for leadership in promoting VA electronic commerce use

• Carolyn L. Miller, chief of the National Science Foundation's External Systems Branch, for her work with the FastLane project to create an electronic grants submission process

• W. Frederick Thompson, program manager for the Treasury Department's IT Work Force Improvement Program, for promoting IT training programs

• Richard Clark, a staff member of the Technology and Business Integration Division of DOD's Joint Electronic Commerce Program Office for his work developing a database of vendors that do business with the government.

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