Ten federal IT leaders earn honors

GCN Editor-in-Chief Wyatt Kash, left, poses with nine of the 10 GCN IT Leadership award winners: Ram Murthy, Nancy Sternberg, Susan L. Keen, John Edgar, Carlos Vera, Drew Jaehing, Sheila Campbell, Deborah Diaz and Michael Butler, who were recognized at a ceremony held May 15 in Washington.

Emily Barnes

Government Computer News announced the names of the 10 individuals who will receive this year's GCN Technology Leadership Awards at a ceremony held May 15 in Washington.

'These are individuals who have demonstrated the talent to innovate, a willingness to take risks and the ability to inspire their co-workers toward higher achievement,' said Wyatt Kash, GCN editor-in-chief.

MORE ON THIS TOPIC: 2008 Technology Leadership Awards home page

'And they have earned the respect and admiration of their government colleagues ' and in many cases, their superiors ' for tackling significant [information technology] initiatives over the past year,' he added.

This year's winners, spanning a wide range of agencies and projects, were selected from dozens of candidates who were nominated by their professional colleagues.

The 2008 GCN Technology Leadership Award winners are:
  • Michael Butler ' Program manager at the General Services Administration, for his work in advancing smart-card credentialing systems for government employees.
  • Sheila Campbell ' Team leader of USA.gov Web Best Practices at the General Services Administration, for bringing together a coalition of government Web site managers and fostering a governmentwide approach to best Web practices.
  • Deborah Diaz ' Deputy and current acting chief information officer at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, for her work to build an IT system capable of supporting a rapidly growing remote workforce.
  • John Edgar ' Manager of Network Operations Business Systems at USPS, for helping build a 42T enterprise data warehouse that supports 40,000 workers and runs 1.5 million report queries per month.
  • Dr. Charles Holland ' Director of the Information Processing Techniques Office at the Defense Advanced Research Products Agency, for his work supporting advances in high-productivity computing, sensors and processing, and automated language translation.
  • Drew Jaehnig ' Chief of the operations division of the Joint Staff Support Center at the Defense Information Systems Agency, for his leadership in adopting the Information Technology Infrastructure Library framework, a best practices approach, and making dramatic improvements in IT call center operations supporting warfighters.
  • Susan Keen ' Technical director of the Navy ERP Program at the Navy Department, for leading the technical development of an enterprise resource planning system integrating financial, supply and other business services used by 88,000 Navy employees in 100 locations worldwide.
  • Ram Murthy ' former director of applications systems at the Peace Corps and now CIO of the Inspector General's Office at the Transportation Department, for building automated information systems that gather data from offices in remote parts of the world where network access is often unreliable.
  • Nancy Sternberg ' Manager of the business Gateway Program at the Small Business Administration, for transforming SBA's Business.gov Web site from one just offering compliance information to one that offers resources and services collected from 9,000 state, local and municipal Web sites.
  • Carlos Vera ' Deputy program manager at DISA, for his pioneering work in improving information assurance and adapting service-oriented architecture to improve the security of the military's Global Information Grid.

The winners were honored at a luncheon in Washington held in conjunction with AFFIRM, a nonprofit, volunteer, educational organization serving federal information resources management professionals from the federal, academic and private sectors.

The winners will be profiled in the May 19 issue of GCN, with additional information available at http://www.gcn.com.

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.


  • Records management: Look beyond the NARA mandates

    Pandemic tests electronic records management

    Between the rush enable more virtual collaboration, stalled digitization of archived records and managing records that reside in datasets, records management executives are sorting through new challenges.

  • boy learning at home (Travelpixs/Shutterstock.com)

    Tucson’s community wireless bridges the digital divide

    The city built cell sites at government-owned facilities such as fire departments and libraries that were already connected to Tucson’s existing fiber backbone.

Stay Connected