2008 Rising Star Matthew Keeneth

Matthew Keeneth wrote the book on OMB's Budget Appendix Text project

2008 Rising Star

TITLE: Programmer

AGENCY: Office of Management and Budget

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Matthew Keeneth


The work of student assistants at the Office of Management and Budget is usually confined to routine administration tasks, but soon after Matthew Keeneth joined the agency's budget systems branch in June 2005, he was handed expanded responsibilities because of his technical skills.

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Assigned to the Budget Appendix Text project, which involved automating the process of collecting and editing data printed in OMB's Budget Appendix, he tested application software, developed documentation and training materials, validated documents to be published and loaded into the database, and furnished technical support to OMB and users outside OMB. Now in full production, the automated system has improved efficiency, reduced errors and boosted the effectiveness of budget professionals across the government. Dan Chandler, OMB program manager, said Keeneth's work directly contributed to its successful transition from pilot to production. Keeneth is now the technical lead for OMB's MAX Federal Community Web site, where government officials collaborate on budget matters.

About Rising Stars 2008

Turnover among information technology leaders is a fact of life in government circles. Who's there to take the baton? The 2008 Rising Stars exemplify the strengths of the emerging generation of IT leaders, mixing technical savvy and innovative thinking with an instinct for collaboration and a commitment to the government's mission. Government Computer News is joining Federal Computer Week and Washington Technology in making the awards an 1105 Government Information Group 360-degree special report. For a look at all the Rising Stars, click here.

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