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Now, that's what we call a talent pipeline!

Each year, the Rising Star Awards recognize early-career individuals who are having an outsized impact – both with their accomplishments over the past year and for their leadership potential in this community.

As the 20 winners on year's list makes clear, there's tremendous talent coming up through the ranks.

These early-career phenoms from civilian and Defense agencies as well as contractor partners have worked in government IT for less than 10 years, yet are already having a powerful and positive impact.  Whether improving user experience, fast-tracking job applicants, integrating emerging technologies or bringing complex processes into the 21st century, these Rising Stars are the rank-and-file talent that makes agencies run.

Join us in honoring tomorrow's top IT leaders:

Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi
Global Emerging Technology & Innovation Strategist, Senior Advisor Manager, Government & Public Services, Deloitte

Qituwra Anderson
Content Designer, 18F, Technology Transformation Services, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration

Jeremiah Burch
Scrum Master, TCG

Capt. Keely J. Carrigan
Operations Flight Commander, 707th Communications Squadron, U.S. Air Force

Michael B. Cox
Data Scientist and Team Lead for Internet of Things, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Senior Airman Christopher R. DeForge
Geospatial Analyst/Full-Motion Video Screener, 45th Intelligence Squadron, U.S. Air Force

Anjelica B. Dortch
Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Federal CIO, Office of Management and Budget

Akoua Enow
Management and Program Analyst, Office of Information Technology, Transportation Security Administration

Benjamin Franich
Business Development Manager, Edgewater Federal Solutions

Ryan Hillard
IT Specialist/Systems Developer, Business Technology Solutions, Office of the CIO, Small Business Administration

Nicholas Holtz
Digital Services Expert, U.S. Digital Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs

Daisy O. James
Project Manager, Enterprise Services, Office of Information and Technology, Passenger Systems Program Directorate, Customs and Border Protection

Danielle Lauhoff
Project Manager, Telos Corporation

Katherine M. Katina
Business Development Associate, SAIC

Oki Mek
Chief Product Officer, Division of Acquisition, Department of Health and Human Services

Taylor C. Roberts
Cybersecurity Advisor, Office of Management and Budget

Capt. Anthony N. Rodriguez
Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, 24th Air Force, U.S. Air Force

Sunil Sadasivan
Senior Engineering Lead, Nava Public Benefit Corporation

Henry Sowell
Chief Information Officer at Hortonworks Federal and Technical Director, Hortonworks

Drew Zachary
Program Director, Opportunity Project, and Co-Managing Director, Census Open Innovation Labs, Census Bureau, Department of Commerce

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