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Archive for September 5th, 2008 Happy birthday to them this weekend…

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Celebrating birthdays this weekend…

  • Barry West, the former Commerce Department CIO who is now an executive vice president at Strategic Enterprise Solutions Inc. (SE Solutions) celebrates on Friday.
  • Carlton Jones, who most recently was lead Multimax before it was acquired by Harris last year, has joined the integrator Indus, parties on Sunday.
  • Sally Turner of CGI-AMS, parties on Sunday.

Happy birthday to them all.

If you know of birthdays that deserve recognition, let us know at cdorobek at

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September 5, 2008 at 7:01 PM

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Interior Department CIO Mike Howell will become the government's senior career IT official.

Interior Department CIO Mike Howell will become the government

In what may have been the worst kept secret in government IT, Interior Department CIO Mike Howell has a new job — and a powerful new job at that. Howell has accepted an offer to be OMB’s deputy administrator for e-government and information technology, the federal government’s senior career IT position. Howell will move to OMB in mid-September, government and industry officials confirm, replacing Tim Young.

In December, Young was promoted to be deputy director. At the same time, OMB shifted the deputy director post to a career position as part of an over all reorganization of OMB’s IT management.

Young, however, is a political appointee who therefore must leave at the end of the Bush administration. Insiders say that he is in the process of searching for an IT management consulting position.

Howell will serve as the deputy to Karen Evans, OMB’s administrator of e-government and IT. Howell has served as Interior CIO since May 2007 and has worked in many parts of the Interior organization. It is unclear who will take Howell’s place as Interior CIO.

The position becomes exceedingly important with the looming administration transition and was widely seen as a plum post — not officially “plum,” but… you know what I mean. OMB received more than 75 applications for the post.

Evans has told friends that she wouldn’t be opposed to staying on as a bridge to a new administration, but it is most likely that Howell, as deputy, would become the government’s most senior IT official until a new e-gov/IT administrator is named.

The move will also set off a scramble for who would be the new Interior CIO. Jerry Williams joined DOI as the deputy CIO in July replacing Ed Meagher, who left to join SRA International. Williams would be the obvious choice, but Interior often works in mysterious ways.

You can read Howell’s Interior bio after the break.
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September 5, 2008 at 6:30 PM GSA’s Johnson and DLA’s Schubert up for contractor recognition

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And the finalist are…

The finalist have been announced for the 2008 finalists for the 6th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards.

The Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards are presented in partnership by the Chamber’s Northern Virginia GovCon Council, the Professional Services Council and Washington Technology magazine.

Each year, the awards recognize a public sector partner of the year.

  • Public Sector Partner of the Year
    • John C. Johnson, General Services Administration (GSA)
    • Mary Anne Schubert, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

More about the awards, including the full list of finalists, after the break.

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September 5, 2008 at 5:24 PM

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