AFFIRM recognizes IT leaders

For the past two years, Mark Forman has had one of the toughest jobs in government'leading a sometimes unpopular effort to change the way agencies buy and manage IT resources'and, last week, his peers honored him for his efforts.

The Association for Federal Information Resources Management awarded Forman, the Office of Management and Budget's administrator for e-government and IT, its 24th annual Executive Leadership Award.

'Mark Forman fundamentally moved the government beyond where we thought it could be,' said Ira Hobbs, deputy CIO of the Agriculture Department and emcee of the awards ceremony in Washington. 'To make things happen in government, you need someone to be the planner, resource provider, architect and people person, and Mark fits those roles very well.'

Forman said agency success hasn't come just from his leadership but 'from innovative and special people who work through these tough issues.'

AFFIRM also honored eight other government, industry and academic executives with leadership awards, citing the officials' contributions to improving IT management. Larry Williams, associate professor of information systems at George Washington University, received the AFFIRM Executive Board Special Recognition Award.

The other winners were:

  • Anne Altman, managing director of IBM Corp.'s federal government sector, for industry leadership

  • Steve Cooper, CIO at the Homeland Security Department, for innovation

  • David Drabkin, deputy associate administrator for acquisition policy at the General Services Administration, for acquisition and procurement

  • John Gilligan, CIO of the Air Force, for service to the country

  • Charlie Grymes, program manager for the Recreation One-Stop at the Interior Department, for service to the citizen

  • Hobbs, for innovation in project management

  • Norman Lorentz, chief technology officer at OMB, for service to the government IT community.

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