Post Newsweek honors veterans of federal IT

Post Newsweek honors veterans of federal IT

Retired Lt. Gen. Emmett Paige Jr., right, who was honored as the DOD executive of the last 20 years, is joined by, from left, Bob Mohr of General Dynamics, Joseph Cipriano, who recently left the Navy for Lockheed Martin Corp., and Linda Gooden of Lockheed Martin.

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Miriam F. Browning joined GCN's Hall of Fame

Three executives who had a hand in molding federal IT programs and policies over two generations were honored last night at Post Newsweek Tech Media's annual awards gala in Washington.

And Miriam F. Browning, the recently retired principal director of enterprise integration in the Army's CIO office, was inducted into the GCN Hall of Fame.

Ten awards also were presented for innovative IT work by federal, state and local agencies.
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The 15th annual black-tie awards dinner, celebrating GCN's 20th anniversary, drew 1,000 people. It was presented by Post Newsweek, parent of GCN, Washington Technology and the FOSE trade show.

'It's a big 'we' that win awards, not a singular 'me,' ' said Emmett Paige Jr., honored as the Defense Department executive of the last 20 years.

Paige, a retired Army lieutenant general who was in charge of installing the largest communications system in a combat environment, is now vice president of DOD operations at Lockheed Martin Corp.'s IT division.

The former chairman of the House Government Operations Committee, Jack Brooks, was presented the 20-year civilian executive award. Brooks was author of an act designed to streamline the way the government buys computers, as well as the Paperwork Reduction Act. Brooks was inducted into the GCN IT Hall of Fame in 1988.

Milton Cooper, the former president of the federal sector of Computer Sciences Corp., received the 20-year industry executive award. Cooper started in the IT industry in 1963 at IBM Corp. following graduation from the U.S. Military Academy and service as an artillery officer with the 82nd Airborne Division.

The agency awards, for excellence in information resource management, were presented for diverse projects, including access smart cards for soldiers, a data-warehouse system for Wisconsin's welfare program and a New Jersey Environmental Protection Department government-to-business Web portal.

The winners:

  • An Education Department effort to update and improve the federal student loan program.


  • An advanced, high-volume weather mapping system for the Navy's Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center.


  • DOD's Common Access Card program.


  • Modernization of the Security and Exchange Commission's EDGAR filing and data system.


  • The Army's Information Management Support Center, which rapidly recovered after it was damaged in the Sept. 11 terrorist strike on the Pentagon.


  • Improved IT systems in the Public Works Department of Waterford, a township north of Detroit.


  • Wisconsin's WISDOM Data Warehouse.


  • A remote Web telepathology system at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.


  • New Jersey's NJDEP Online system from its Office of Information Resource Management.


  • Improved information sharing systems for Customs Service's Border Security Program.


  • Editors from GCN and Washington Technology selected the 10 winners from 115 entries.

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