Senior civil servants feted
- By Richard W. Walker
- Apr 21, 2006
Amid the decorative splendor of the State Department's Diplomatic Reception Rooms, the Senior Executives Association's Professional Development League last night recognized 62 senior civil servants for sustained, extraordinary accomplishments at the 21st annual Presidential Distinguished Rank Awards black-tie banquet.
The Presidential Distinguished Rank award is the highest honor that can be given to a civilian federal employee.
Among those honored were Barry L. Carpenter, deputy administrator for the Agriculture Marketing Service's livestock and seed program, who restructured billing processes for the program, including conversion from paper to electronic billing; Deirdre A. Lee, former director of Defense procurement and acquisition policy, who conducted a comprehensive review of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, identified more than 700 possible changes and eliminated 150 pages to shorten cycle times; and Dr. Gregory L. Parham, CIO of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, who conducted an extensive review of the agency's IT investment portfolio, reducing the cost of projects by 30 percent.
SEA president Carol A. Bonosaro, introducing the winners, noted that, collectively, this year's group was responsible for saving the government a total of $52.3 billion with their initiatives.
Delivering the keynote was Stephen Johnson, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator and a 2002 Presidential Distinguished Rank executive, who identified three principles for running government effectively and efficiently: results, collaboration and 'science''meaning the ability to collect reliable data so that results can be measured. He described the President's Management Agenda as a powerful tool for reaching those goals.
Johnson also stressed the importance of mentoring to maintaining continuity of leadership in government. "Take somebody with you,' he urged executives.
The 2005 Presidential Distinguished Rank awardees are:Agriculture Department:
Barry L. Carpenter, Dr. Ronald Fayer, William J. Hudnall Jr. and Dr. Gregory L. ParhamCommerce Department:
Dr. William D. Phillips and Preston J. WaiteOffice of the Secretary of Defense:
Dr. Richard P. Burke, Phyllis C. Campbell, Douglas M. Englund, Terrance M. Ford, Deirdre A. Lee, Anthony S. Montemarano, James O. Smyser and Mary E. TomkeyNational Geospatial-Intelligence Agency:
Christian AndreasenNational Security Agency:
Gregory SmithbergerAir Force Department:
James G. Clark, Robert J. Conner and William A. DavidsonArmy Department:
Kathryn A. Condon, Dr. James R. Houston, Janet C. Menig and M. Lynn SchnurrNavy Department:
Paul C. Hubbell and Dr. Bhakta B. RathEducation Department:
Sue E. BetkaEnergy Department:
James T. Campbell, Mary H. Egger and Richard F. MoorerHealth and Human Services Department:
William H. Gimson and Michael R. McMullanHomeland Security Department:
Jayson P. Ahern, Connie L. Patrick, Gregory D. Rothwell and Mark J. SullivanJustice Department:
Robert E. KoppDrug Enforcement Administration:
William SimpkinsFederal Bureau of Investigation:
Zalmai Azmi and John S. PistoleLabor Department:
Carol A. De Deo and Edward C. HuglerState Department:
Dr. Charles Thomas FingarTransportation Department:
James E. CaponitiTreasury Department:
James H. Fall III, Richard L. Gregg and Deborah M. NolanVeterans Affairs Department:
William F. Feeley and Michael C. WalcoffEnvironmental Protection Agency:
Susan B. Hazen and E. Timothy OppeltGeneral Services Administration:
Edward A. FeinerNASA:
Dr. Heinz Erzberger, William H. Gerstenmaier, Ralph R. Roe Jr. and Dr. Edward J. WeilerNational Science Foundation:
Dr. Jarvis L. MoyersNational Transportation Safety Board:
Daniel D. CampbellOffice of Management and Budget:
Arthur G. FraasSmall Business Administration:
Herbert MitchellSocial Security Administration:
Paul D. Barnes and Beatrice M. DismanAgency for International Development:
James E. Painter