AFFIRM honors Holcomb, others for executive leadership

Lee Holcomb, whose work on NASA's Voyager mission earlier in his career imbued him with the notion to dream big, received the Association for Federal Information Resources Management's highest honor for executive leadership at an awards ceremony earlier this week.

Holcomb, now chief technology officer for the Department of Homeland Security, encouraged fellow IT and industry executives to set bold visions and to be change agents in their organizations.

He added that though certain circumstances call for command and control leaders, the most effective leaders he has seen'and the ones he prefers to emulate'are those who believe in collaboration, empowering their people and are willing to solicit input and comment.

Also receiving 2005 executive leadership awards from AFFIRM:

  • Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-Maine)'for legislative leadership

  • Ken Salaets, director of government relations for the Information Technology Council'for leadership in industry

  • Robert A. Burton, associate administrator, acquisition policy, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget'for leadership in acquisition and procurement

  • Keith C. Jackson (posthumously), former CIO, Forest Service, Agriculture Department'for leadership in service to the citizenry

  • Priscilla E. Guthrie, deputy CIO, Defense Department'for leadership in e-government

  • David M. Wennergren, CIO, Department of the Navy

  • Tish Tucker, director, Program Management Office, Agency for International Development'for leadership for innovative applications.

AFFIRM officials also released the findings of a new resource paper exploring the current perspectives on whether Lines-of-Business practices in government 'are near-term fad or a long-term solution.' Details will be available at AFFIRM's Web site.

Highlights of the panel discussion that was the basis for the report will appear in the June 20 issue of GCN and concurrently on

About the Author

Wyatt Kash served as chief editor of GCN (October 2004 to August 2010) and also of Defense Systems (January 2009 to August 2010). He currently serves as Content Director and Editor at Large of 1105 Media.

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