The community: CIO Council honors achievements in government IT

PostNewsweek Tech Media President David Greene, left, and CIO Council vice chairman Dan Matthews, right, honor Craig Luigart.

OMB associate administrator for e-government and IT Tim Young, left, bestows an Azimuth on Alan Paller.

When Craig Luigart learned he would receive the 7th Government Azimuth Award, he didn't believe it. But Karen Evans, the Office of Management and Budget's administrator for e-government and IT, assured Luigart he should prepare his acceptance speech for the ceremony during the FOSE trade show earlier this month.

The Azimuths, handed out each year during FOSE, honor people whose work has benefited government IT. The CIO Council, which sponsors the annual awards, also honored Alan Paller, director of the SANS Institute of Bethesda, Md., with the Industry Azimuth award.

'Alan is a champion and promoter of our successes and a kind corrector when we slip up,' said Tim Young, OMB's associate administrator for e-government and IT.

Paller is well respected for his work on IT security through the nonprofit SANS Institute's training, education and certification programs.

Luigart is best known for advocating Section 508 accessibility standards. He has been CIO of the Education Department and chairman of the CIO Council's 508 Committee.

'This is a special honor because of the people in this room,' Paller told the audience of mostly federal executives, including many CIOs. 'The CIOs have done more to turn the tide against cybercrime than almost anything in the private sector.'

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