Chenok, DiPentima honored at FOSE

Two well-known figures in federal IT were honored last night at a Washington dinner during the FOSE trade show and conference.

Daniel Chenok, chief of the information and technology branch at the Office of Management and Budget, and Renato DiPentima, president of the consulting and systems integration group at SRA International of Fairfax, Va., each received an Azimuth award, given annually at FOSE by the CIO Council for long-term contributions to IT.

DiPentima, who had a 30-year career in the government before joining the private sector, received his award from Mark Forman, OMB associate director for e-government and IT. Forman called DiPentima a 'pillar of the IT community.' DiPentima predicted that CIOs would be instrumental in improving government services.

'If anything happens in government, it will depend almost entirely on the CIOs,' DiPentima said, adding that successfully updating systems for the year 2000 'got CIOs to the table, and we didn't go back down to the fourth floor.'

Chenok received his award from Energy Department CIO and CIO Council vice chair Karen Evans. She said Chenok 'has a way of rising above situations, seeing the road ahead and navigating it. He is a living example of the nobility of public service.'

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