Challenging the status quo

Five leaders who changed how IT works in government

Taking on the job of managing most government information
technology projects is not for the faint-hearted. Managing IT
programs for an entire agency ' or across multiple agencies
' is even more daunting. Yet each year, we see individuals
rise to the occasion and set an example for the government IT

This year's GCN Hall of Fame inductees and Government IT
Executives of the Year epitomize how individuals are often able to
transform the institutions of government through their tenacity,
vision and leadership.

Karen Evans took on the mission of forging a
governmentwide approach to IT at OMB and delivered enduring
advances in e-government, federal enterprise architecture, identity
management and IT security.

Charles Croom understood the importance of rapid IT
adoption ' and how to persuade others to follow his lead
' transforming DISA into a more agile provider of IT services
to the U.S. military.

Molly O'Neill leads by example. Her experimentation with
Web 2.0 applications 'and efforts to reduce data center
energy costs at EPA ' has set a new pace across

Ken Heitkamp worked to forge a common set of
configurations for Windows software, which led to game-changing
standards across the federal government.

Curt Kolcun once worked for government. He now channels
the efforts of Microsoft developers to make the company's
products work better for government ' and it's paying
big dividends.


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