The Community | DiPentima wins Mendenhall Award

Renny DiPentima

Renny DiPentima, who at the Social Security Administration was one of the first CIOs in the government and helped launch the federal CIO Council, was honored with the 2006 Janice K. Mendenhall Spirit of Leadership award last week at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg, Va.

The American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council presented the award.

Following his retirement, DiPentima began working for SRA Inc. of Fairfax, Va., where he quickly established an open-door policy to advise current and former federal officials.

'I'm a very lucky person, having spent 32 years at an agency I love and still do,' he said. 'I made a wise decision to change one letter and join SRA. I work with a superb group of people [who] have allowed me to lead them.'

IAC/ACT also handed out five other awards:
  • Rookie of the Year: Carey Bandler, Fsona Systems Ltd. of McLean, Va.
  • Government Contributor of the Year: Ira Hobbs, Treasury CIO
  • Industry Contributor of the Year: John Okay, J.L. Okay Consulting of Oak Hill, Va.
  • Conference Chairman Awards: Gary Wetterhall, Army; and Bruce McConnell, McConnell and Associates of Washington.

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