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Ira Hobbs learned about the importance of being a leader within his agency and across government about 15 years ago at a brown-bag lunch given by John Franke, a Reagan administration appointee at the Agriculture Department.

That lesson served Hobbs, Agriculture's deputy CIO, well throughout his career, as he volunteered with the CIO Council, the Association of Federal Information Resource Managers and other organizations.

The Federal Government Information Processing Councils last week honored Hobbs with the John J. Franke Award at the 23rd Annual Management of Change Conference in New Orleans.
Franke 'talked about the power to change government. So it is really neat for me to come full circle like this and get the award named for John,' Hobbs said.

FGIPC also named its new board of directors. They include:

President: Barry West, National Weather Service CIO; executive vice president: Wilbert Berrios, Army Corps of Engineers CIO; vice president for marketing and communications: Ann Gladys, GSA assistant regional administrator for the Federal Technology Service in San Francisco; vice president for cross council coordination: Martha Dorris, deputy director of GSA's Office of Intergovernmental Solutions; treasurer: Bob Suda, GSA assistant commissioner in the Office of IT Solutions at FTS; secretary: Randall Witty, GSA assistant regional administrator for FTS in Atlanta; vice president eastern region: Roz Fullerton, GSA's director of Regional IT Solutions for FTS in Atlanta; vice president D.C. region: John Hooder, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency Information Technology Implementation Branch; vice president central region: Kathleen Rundle, Agriculture associate CIO; vice president western region: Vicki Nadolski, regional director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Western Region in Salt Lake City.

Thurman Davis, who started working for GSA 40 years ago and has been its deputy administrator since 1995, will retire July 3.

He started with GSA as a management intern in 1963. Before being appointed deputy administrator, he served as a regional administrator in Philadelphia and Washington.

Since 1995, Davis also has served on the Access Board, an independent federal agency devoted to promoting accessibility for people with disabilities, twice as the board's chairman.

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