GSA salutes top trail bosses for IT skills

GSA salutes top trail bosses for IT skills

At Trail Boss Roundup, SSG's Susan Kirkland gets top award for Y2K systems work at the Air Force

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

WILLIAMSBURG, Va.'The ability to make the Air Force's Cargo Movement Operations System dance into the year 2000 with few missteps landed Susan Kirkland the Trail Boss of the Year Award.

Kirkland received the honor last week before approximately 130 of her peers at the General Services Administration's 11th annual Trail Boss Roundup. Kirkland, program manager of CMOS, works for the Standard Systems Group at the Gunter Annex of Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

The Coast Guard's Sandra Borden, the Air Force's Harold J. Densberger and the IRS' Timothy LaMoy also received honors for their management of information technology projects.

As the operations system project manager, Kirkland oversaw the development and implementation of combat support information systems used by the Air Force, Army and Marines Corps.

Under Kirkland's management, SSG deployed CMOS for use by personnel supporting Defense Department operations in the Balkans. CMOS has an interface with DOD's Global Transportation Network.

The system has an electronic-commerce interface that sped up payments to commercial carriers from up to 90 days down to seven.

The program has won other awards as well. The CMOS team won the 1999 DOD Electronic Commerce Program Office award for the best work in the large-business category. And the Montgomery Chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association named Kirkland its Transportation Woman of the Year based on her contributions to the program.

Borden, program manager for the Coast Guard's Port and Waterways Safety System, garnered a special achievement award for her part in overseeing the Vessel Traffic Services Project. The Guard uses commercial IT products to collect, process and disseminate information on vessel traffic in major ports and waterways.

Densberger, program manager for the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, received his honor for re-engineering the service's personnel systems. The $60 million the Air Force spent on the redesign will reap $1.2 billion in savings, GSA officials said.

LaMoy, senior computer specialist for the IRS, was recognized for his leadership in purchasing and deploying a test suite for year 2000 end-to-end testing.

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