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Another Fed 100 name: Microsoft Federal’s Teresa Carlson

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fed100webWe’ve been tracking the winners of Federal Computer Week’s 2009 Federal 100 Awards — see here and here — and we’ve learned yet another winner: Teresa Carlson, the head of Microsoft Federal.

Carlson his immensely passionate about her job — and remarkably creative. It was her idea to create a Microsoft Federal CTO — a chief transition officer. And she’s managed to grow her business while maintaining the focus on the government’s need. She always goes above and beyond. I’ll look forward to reading FCW’s write-up in March.


The list should be posted very soon, FCW insiders tell me.

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February 12, 2009 at 10:41 PM

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Learning about more the 2009 Fed 100 winners: EPA’s O’Neill and McCaffery win

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fed100webI mentioned that the winners of Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 Awards were notified this week and at least two CJD nominees were winners: Navy CIO Robert Carey, and Frank DiGiamarino, vice president of strategic initiatives at the National Academy of Public Administration.

I have learned that two other CJD-favs have been recognized. Former EPA CIO Molly O’Neill and Mary McCaffery, EPA’s Senior Advisor to the Chief Information Officer. Both have been just remarkable in the past year — and past years. Frankly, as I said in my nominations , former EPA Deputy Administrator Marcus Peacock deserves recognition as well. EPA has been really innovative in how it uses technology to reach out to its multitude of constituents. They really were out when Peacock was the first government official to post a blog… there with the Puget Sound initiative two years ago…  and they have only pressed further.

The most remarkable thing about EPA — and EPA’s leadership — is they fostered an innovative environment where people were not afraid to try something new.

The recognition is much deserved.

I look forward to seeing the full Fed 100 list. The annual Federal 100 Awards Gala — the 20th anniversary of that event — will take place March 25.

Here is O’Neill talking about the Puget Sound initiative:

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February 12, 2009 at 3:47 PM

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02.12.2009 Obama CTO reader: Will we ever see appointments?

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Where oh where is the CTO? That apparently is the question.

At least some of the steam came out of Obama CTO sails when we all learned that DC CTO Vivek Kundra would be appointed the Office of Management and Budget’s administrator for e-government and information technology. But we continue to hear buzz that, in fact, they will not double up on titles, but, in fact, they will name an Obama CTO — and that this person will have some real authority.

Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Jason Miller reported yesterday that President Obama amended an executive order — Executive Order 12859, for those keeping track — that solidifies the CTO position.

In a notice published in Wednesday’s Federal Register, the President amended Executive Order 12859 from August 1993 by removing the AIDS Policy Coordinator and replaces it with an Assistant to the President and Chief Technology Officer. The Executive Order signed by former President Bill Clinton established the Domestic Policy Council and listed the members

This is the first time the administration included assistant to the president as part of the CTO’s title.

The White House Web site says the President would “appoint the nation’s first CTO to ensure the safety of our networks and lead an interagency effort, working with chief technology and chief information officers of each of the federal agencies, to ensure that they use best-in-class technologies and share best practices.”

Under the Homeland Security section of the White House site, it says the President would “appoint a National CTO to ensure that the current non-interoperable plans at the federal, state, and local levels are combined, funded, implemented and effective.”

A CTO also play a major role in other areas such as openness and transparency and private sector critical infrastructure security.

I should note that Miller also spoke to the author of the Congressional Research Service report looking at the Obama CTO. You can hear that conversation her.

But, where in the world is the CTO?

The WSJ’s All Things Digital blogger Kara Swisher asks precisely that question.

With the naming of Oracle (ORCL) President Charles Phillips to President Barack Obama’s 16-Member Economic Recovery Advisory Board a few days ago, another Silicon Valley tech mandarin fell off the list to become America’s first chief technology officer.

But she goes off in the seemingly typical direction of much of the media suggesting these titans of IT — mostly from the Silicon Valley — people who simply don’t know how government works.

Could it be well-known entrepreneur Mitch Kapor? Google (GOOG) guru-in-resident and Internet father Vint Cerf? Or some other tech-savvy Silicon Valley figure?

BoomTown is, of course, rooting for Steve “Woz” Wozniak. Once he wins “Dancing With the Stars” this season, he will be the only nerd capable of the two-stepping one needs to survive in Washington.

The name I continue to hear is Aneesh Chopra, Virginia’s Secretary of Technology. Along those lines, the commonwealth of Virginia just launched it’s own stimulus Web site — Stimulus.Virginia.Gov — which is a way for groups, localities and residents to submit project ideas, market research firm Input says. Additionally, Virginians will have the ability to view proposals in a web table that will be updated on a daily basis. (Daily? Not in real time?)

After the break… what did you do in 16 days? Apparently the CTO appointment wasn’t on the list… and a link to a Q&A with one of the Obama CTO front runners… and more…

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February 12, 2009 at 8:23 AM