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DorobekInsider: Godspeed to Pat Knapp, mother of Qwest’s Deirdre Murray

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A very sad note… I just learned that Pat Knapp, the mother of Qwest’s Deirdre Murray, passed away suddenly over the weekend.

Murray had literally just returned last week after spending a week with her mother on a Southern California journey — they got to see Jay Leno perform in Hollywood and they traveled to Santa Barbara. I had helped arrange a meeting with my favorite artist, B.J. Stapen, who invited Deirdre and Pat to her home. They had also visited Los Olivos, CA, and dined at the Los Olivos Cafe where parts of the movie Sideways was filmed. Murray had a remarkable time. She is very close to her family — and to her mother — and I can only imagine how traumatic this is for her. But she will have those cherished memories.

Unfortunately I can’t find the obituary with specific information about contributions and funeral details. I know there is a group of ladies in government IT — they call themselves the Power Pearls — who are collecting contributions. I also heard from the Pearls that there is a ceremony on Friday at 11a (PT, I assume) at St. James Catholic Church in Solana Beach, CA, but I haven’t been able to confirm that further.

If you want to reach out to me — cdorobek at and/or c/o Federal News Radio 1500 AM, 3400 Idaho Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016 — and I will make sure cards and letters get to Murray. And I will post additional information as I get it.

Meanwhile, I know the government IT community sends their thoughts and prayers to Deirdre Murray and her siblings.

Godspeed Pat Knapp.

Written by cdorobek

July 28, 2009 at 1:00 PM

DorobekInsider: Most read items on the DorobekInsider and Daily Debrief for the third week of July 2009

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A bit delayed because I’m out of town for a few days — in London, in fact, celebrating my sister’s “OHH” birthdays. So… I’m sorry for the delay…

Most read items on DorobekInsider…

  1. DorobekInsider: Intel on the government 2.0 front lines – and a new report assessing A-Space
  2. DorobekInsider: The real story behind the contract: The need for govt contracting transparency
  3. DorobekInsider: The Roll Call-CQ marriage announcement (Editor’s note: We only found out late Friday that Governing magazine was not part of the Economist-Roll Call deal for CQ. Read more about that from late Friday here.)
  4. DorobekInsider: Learning more about Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradham
  5. DorobekInsider: Intel on the gov 2.0 front lines – and a new report assessing A-Space
  6. DorobekInsider: Identity management — the liner notes
  7. DorobekInsider: 45 VA programs under temporary stop order pending fixes
  8. DorobekInsider: The first draft from the Open Government and Innovations conference
  9. DorobekInsider: Most read DorobekInsider and Federal News Radio 1500 AM Daily Debrief items for the second week of July 2009
  10. DorobekInsider: Attending the Open Government conference Tuesday morning
  11. DorobekInsider: contractor Smartronix speaks — in a statement
  12. DorobekInsider: 1105 GovInfo promotes Rapp – and 1105 GovInfo promotes Rapp – and hires
  13. DorobekInsider: The celebration of the Summer of Gov (2.0)
  14. DorobekInsider weekend extra: Mintz: What I Did For My Summer Vacation
  15. DorobekInsider: UPDATED date for the (barely) July Federal News Radio Book Club book: Payback: Reapi
  16. DorobekInsider: Ed DeSeve to join the Obama administration
  17. DorobekInsider: Welcome Scott Carr, the new producer for Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily De
  18. DorobekInsider: 8-day countdown to the Federal News Radio Book Club ‘meeting’ with CTO Chopra discussing the book ‘Payback’
  19. Is the Economist’s CQ marriage official?
  20. DorobekInsider: A picture worth almost 1,000 words – Obama and the IT dashboard
  21. DorobekInsider: GSA’s Dorris, Army’s Sorenson, HP’s Hempfield earn AFCEA Bethesda
  22. Worth reading: Social Software and National Security
  23. DorobekInsider: Recovery Board – and vendor – get pressure on transparency
  24. DorobekInsider: Recovery Board responds to questions — and even posts the statement
  25. DorobekInsider: CQ sells, but Governing does not… and Governing’s publisher exits
  26. DorobekInsider: GSA names Danielle Germain as chief of staff
  27. DorobekInsider: The Recovery Board speaks out on the contract award
  28. The DorobekInsider on DC’s NewsChannel 8 on dashboards — and the Kiviat graph
  29. DorobekInsider: Cyber-attack 2009 – what does it mean?
  30. DorobekInsider: Coming and going – A new DOT CIO (mostly confirmed), Frank Puglese, former SSA
  31. Congratulations on the wedding of Bob Suda and Joanne Connelly
  32. DorobekInsider: New DOT CFO nominee… and a possible DOT CIO nominee
  33. Steve Ressler — GovLoop’s 10K man… and counting
  34. DorobekInsider: ACT/IAC hires former 1105er Kristyn Rivellese for events post
  35. DorobekInsider: Management of Change panel: The changing role of the CIO – the liner notes
  36. DorobekInsider: Twitter #followfriday — the @fednewsradio edition
  37. DorobekInsider: OMB encourages collaboration about open government — using an existing tool
  38. The DorobekInsider reader: Obama cyber policy review
  39. DorobekInsider: Hey funny guy — Uncle Sam wants YOU! No, really…
  40. DorobekInsider: The benefits of the federal IT “dashboard” – and the liner notes f
  41. DorobekInsider: The new TSA CIO — Emma Garrison-Alexander
  42. OMB Director Peter Orszag… on The Daily Show?
  43. Hear the July 2009 Federal News Radio Book Club meeting – Fired Up or Burn
  44. DorobekInsider: Most read items for the first week of July
  45. DorobekInsider: Dee Lee to join the Professional Services Council

The most read items for Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris for the third week of July 2009

  1. TSP preps for new Web site debut
  2. Connecting dashboards to performance
  3. Update: TSP’s Roth option
  4. GAO: Changes needed for BioShield at HHS
  5. AFGE speaks out against NSPS
  6. Defense Business Board releases NSPS recommendations
  7. Why federal agencies are still using COBOL
  8. Problems continue for
  9. TSP Talk: Where is the market going?
  10. Learning about the Federal Service Student Ambassador Program
  11. Meet the Innovators: National Academy of Public Administration
  12. Friday Fun Day!
  13. Will the Senate cure the ‘FERS flu’?
  14. OMB open govt directive enters final stages
  15. Update: 12 Somali men missing from Minneapolis area
  16. NIH and Wikimedia Foundation team up
  17. TSP Talk: Tobacco Bill signed into law
  18. Increasing awareness of open source
  19. New SES survey released
  20. Using the stimulus dollars locally, wisely
  21. NIH and Wikimedia Foundation team up – Part 2
  22. Drupal and the ‘Decade of Data’
  23. Meet the Innovators: Does Gov 2.0 matter?
  24. Women in Government: Charla Quayle
  25. DoD’s health IT strategy
  26. IAC outlines ‘Four Cornerstones’ for 2009 agenda
  27. The Open Technology Initiative
  28. Drupal gains popularity among federal agencies
  29. FAIR Institute releases report on insourcing
  30. GSA talks about award
  31. Focus of identity management changing for federal govt.
  32. Controvery surrounds Alaska Native Corporations
  33. Happy Birthday, Smokey!
  34. Agencies stressed about Recovery Act spending?
  35. No COLA for federal retirees?
  36. DHS revamps Web site with Web 2.0 tools
  37. Proposed Budget Would Limit Raises in 2010
  38. Should Alaskan native corps. get special considerations?
  39. Your TSP: Changes coming tomorrow?
  40. Intelligence community moves into phase 2
  41. Update: Cloud computing conference
  42. Best Places to Work Survey released
  43. Meet the Innovators: Vint Cerf Part II
  44. More problems for Metro
  45. Terrorism abroad strikes here in the States
  46. Health Net Federal Services wins anti-fraud award
  47. GAO: Personnel Security Clearances backlog a problem
  48. Taking a long look at NSPS
  49. OMB proposes changes to ban on cookies

Written by cdorobek

July 28, 2009 at 12:07 PM

DorobekInsider: IAC’s new leadership — Sara DeCarlo lays out her priorities

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Sara DeCarlo last week took the helm of the Industry Advisory Council as chairwoman.

We had her on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris last week. You can hear that conversation here:

IAC Chairwoman Sara DeCarlo

IAC Chairwoman Sara DeCarlo

Here is her opening message to IAC members:

“Openness, speed, collaboration, innovation” – these are some of the watch words of today’s federal IT environment. Our new Executive Committee has crafted an agenda that leverages many of the activities started last year and drives us forward as a vibrant organization that reflects its community. We have met with the ACT leadership to ensure that our objectives are mutually aligned; as an ACT-IAC organization we share “one vision, one community.”

The 2009 IAC agenda focuses on what we are calling the “Four Cornerstones”. They will be the foundation for additional building blocks shape our activities for the year. The Cornerstones are: to increase government involvement; to strengthenIAC’s role as a thought leader and trusted advisor; to create and implement a leadership development program; and to develop a business model designed to sustain and grow the organization.

Our goal is to create a content-rich collaborative environment that draws together government and industry through a wide variety of forums: conferences, programs, SIG activities, and other events. We are undertaking a number of initiatives in support of these cornerstone activities. Each initiative has an assigned lead from the Executive Committee with metrics and a timeline. In this way, we expect to be accountable to each other and to our members.

The Four Cornerstones are posted on our marvelous new website under for your review and comment. Ours is a continually changing environment, so we will add new items and modify existing ones as necessary. MyIAC email address is or watch the EC blog or Facebook (Sara King DeCarlo) for quick updates.

We welcome your participation and your feedback. It is your involvement which continues to make ACT-IAC an exciting organization.

On behalf of the Executive Committee, let me say that we are energized and engaged and are looking forward to a great year – only 343 days left to accomplish what we have set out to do! We want you to join with us as we architect our future!

Written by cdorobek

July 28, 2009 at 6:28 AM