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The DorobekINSIDER as a (faux) model

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Yes, I am hoping to keep my day job!

This is just one of the photos that my brother-in-law took at Chic2Geek, a fashion show sponsored by Microsoft.

More photos, video and (we hope) a vote for the ‘best’ model to come.


The DorobekINSIDER at @Geek2Chic

The DorobekINSIDER at @Geek2Chic (photo: Jeff Roche)


Reaction after walking the runway:


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October 13, 2010 at 11:13 PM WFED at the Washington Nationals’ home opener

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As you may know, Federal News Radio 1500 AM is the flagship station for DC’s Washington Nationals baseball team. And the home opener was Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Given that the game started right at 3p, there was no Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris… so… we got to go to the game. It was my first visit to Nationals stadium.

The DorobekInsider and Amy Morris

The DorobekInsider and Amy Morris

This photos of me and Amy Morris looks like it is a photoshop special, but… it is real.

(Photo credit and thanks to Frank Krebs of ACS Federal Solutions.)

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April 14, 2009 at 2:47 PM

A night for the children — The 2009 AFCEA Bethesda NIH Children’s Inn benefit gala

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Last night was the annual AFCEA Bethesda annual charity ball to Benefit the Children’s Inn at NIH. It is often one of the best events of the year — and this year was no exception. (Congratulations to Government Executive’s Steve Vito andHHS’s Michael Carleton, who were the co-chairmen of the event this year.)

AFCEA Bethesda has raised more than $2 million to benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH. And recently, AFCEA Bethesda dedicated the AFCEA Bethesda Endowment for The Inn.

dscn0119AFCEA Bethesda does a great job with this event. It is always well organized with dinner, after-dinner dancing and charity games, and an auction, but the cause is remarkable. For those of you who don’t know about it, the Children’s Inn is similar to the Ronald MacDonald houses — they are a place where families can stay near the hospital and have as normal of a life as is possible. Each year, the gala features one of the Inn’s families who talks about life at the Inn. It is always one of the highlights of the evening, and this year was no exception. Katie Gajewski told the audience that she has a brain tumor. She has been coming to NIH for treatment for years and she and her family have stayed at the Inn. This young teen gave a remarkably poised presentation before the audience of probably 800 or more — something that can be daunting for even experienced speakers. Simply remarkable.

If you were not able to attend and you want to donate to the Children’s Inn at NIH, it is a wonderful cause… and $93 buys a day at the Inn for somebody. You can make your donation here.

Bunny and Ed O'Hare and WFED/WTOP's Ralph Renzi

Bunny and Ed O'Hare and WFED/WTOP's Ralph Renzi

This was the first year that I was there for Federal News Radio 1500 AM — and we had a table. At the WFED table were Federal Drive co-anchor Jane Norris, Federal Drive producer Ruben Gomez, Federal News Radio John Meyer and Ralph Renzi… and we also had the honor of welcoming GSA’s Ed O’Hare and his wife — O’Hare, of course, was just named to replace John Johnson as the Assistant Commissioner for the Federal Acquisition Service’s Integrated Technology Services, which oversees some of the government’s biggest and most important contracts… We also had Bev Godwin and her sister-in-law, who was in town from Iowa. Godwin leads at GSA but is currently on detail to the White House where she is working on new media. We also had Larry Allan of the Coalition of Government Procurement and his wife. Rock stars all the way around.

Federal News Radio 1500 AM's table

Federal News Radio 1500 AM's table

GTSI’s Leslie Barry usually takes photos for me at these big events, but she was out of town, so… you’re stuck with me as a photographer. I have posted all of my photos on my Flickr site … and you can see a slideshow of all the photos there. (See photos of Bob Suda wearing his all black tuxedo, which spurred some to call him Darth Suda… also VA CIO nominee Roger Baker… and much more…)

Microsoft's Kimberly Nelson and Teresa Carlson, the DorobekInsider, and NASA Goddard CIO Linda Cureton

Microsoft's Kimberly Nelson and Teresa Carlson, the DorobekInsider, and NASA Goddard CIO Linda Cureton


Federal News Radio 1500 AM's table with Federal Drive co-anchor Jane Norris, Federal Drive producer Ruben Gomez, and Federal News Radio director of operations and sales John Meyer

Federal News Radio 1500 AM's table with Federal Drive co-anchor Jane Norris, Federal Drive producer Ruben Gomez, and Federal News Radio director of operations and sales John Meyer

Again… I have created a Flickr page of all my photos from the Children’s Inn gals … and you can see a slideshow of all the photos there.

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April 5, 2009 at 10:09 AM

DC snow

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03.02.09 DC snow

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Yes, Washington, DC is blanketed by snow — really. The first real DC snowstorm in years. It means I’ll be taking public transportation to Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s glass enclosed nerve center in Northwest Washington, but…

If you’re in the northeast and you have to hit the roads, drive safely, turn on your headlights, and please clear off your entire vehicle.

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March 2, 2009 at 8:19 AM

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Tracking Santa… even on Twitter

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Yes, there are more serious things out there — I’ll get to them while enjoying some time away next week — but everybody is busy with last minute shopping and, so… NORAD Santa Tracker .

The BBC reports:

Children wanting to track Santa Claus’s global journey on Christmas Eve have a number of options this year.

As always, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) will be keeping tabs on Santa and children can follow his progress on Google Earth.

In addition, they can send e-mails to the tracking team or even follow Santa on Twitter.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of a tradition that started by accident in Colorado, in the US.

Father Christmas’s journey will start at 1100 GMT and children worldwide can track his progress using Google Maps and Google Earth.

He will pass 24 “Santa cams” around the world, providing live video feeds of his progress, which will in turn be put onto Norad’s YouTube channel as they happen.

For even more up-to-the-minute progress reports, Santa can be followed on the Twitter microblogging service, on which he is known as @noradsanta.

And lastly, Norad volunteers can answer e-mails about Santa’s journey (the address is

A very happy holiday. Please travel safely.

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December 24, 2008 at 8:12 AM

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The run of the geeks — their term, not mine

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Run-5This weekend was the inaugural Run! Geek! Run! 8K road race along the Potomac River here in DC. More than 600 runners participated and proceeds benefited the Equal Footing Foundation, a nonprofit focused on youth development and education.

For those keeping score…

The overall men’s winner, Peter Silverman of Washington D.C. finished in a time of 25:31 for a pace of 5:08 per mile. Second place was Pat Murphy of Washington D.C. who finished in 26:29 (5:20 pace) and third was Dylan Keith of Arlington, Virginia in a time of 26:45 (5:23 pace). For the women, the overall winner was Laurel Jefferson of Bethesda, Maryland who finished in a time of 29:42 (5:59 pace). In second place was Julia Smith of Tappahannock, Virginia who ran a 30:38 (6:10 pace) and in third was Dionis Gauvin of Alexandria, Virginia who ran a 31:40 (6:23 pace). In the Masters (40 and over) competition, William Bray of Fairfax, Virginia took first place in 28:42 (5:47 pace) and Betty Blank of Falls Church, Virginia finished in first place with a time of 34:03 (6:51 pace).

IBM’s Anne Altman was one of the runners. Congratulations to her… and the other 600.

The event was organized by Welz & Weisel Communications.

Get more details… more photos… after the break.
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November 4, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Celebrating a happy new (fiscal) year with the next generation

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Last night, I spent some time with the AFCEA Bethesda’s Young AFCEANs at their third annual Fiscal New Year party — held this year at Current — a hip club on Connecticut Avenue in DC.

Some photos from the festivities, thanks to Tchad Moore of Blackstone Technology Group.

More after the break.

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October 24, 2008 at 7:27 PM

And the GIT Rockin’ winner is… Cobb

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I mentioned that I was the emcee last night at 1105 Government Information Group’s GIT Rockin’ — that’s Government IT, of course. The concept is that it is a battle of the bands, but at least two of the members has to be from the government IT community. And the proceeds from the event go to USO.

And the winner is… Cobb. Update: Visit Cobb’s MySpace page here… and we had two members of Cobb on Federal News Radio’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris. You can hear that interivew here. [.mp3]

From the GIT Rockin’ page:

Four talented musicians—who had never before met—joined a small consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Having individually played in various bands throughout D.C. and NYC, they now focused on their new gig—solving government IT problems! When a coworker threw a party and set up an impromptu jam session, COBB was formed (an energetic mix of acoustic and electric sounds blended with fresh vocals). Playing mostly originals, the band also performs some selected covers that are given their own unique twist. Each member brings his own distinctive style to the band, combining rock, pop, blues, and funk influences into melodic grooves with catchy lyrics.

Government IT band members
Matt Davis, Senior Consultant, Touch Consulting Group, Inc. at DHS OEC (guitar, vocals)
Corbett Ervin, Senior Consultant Architect, Touchstone Consulting Group, Inc. at DHS OIC (lead vocals, guitar)
Steve Snyder, Senior Consultant/Designer, Commonwealth of Virginia’s Interoperability Coordinator’s Office (drums, vocals)
Steve Young, IT government contactor at the Small Business Administration (SBA) OCIO

I’m working to get Corbett Ervin on Federal News Radio’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris this afternoon. They seemed interested. Tune in to see if it happens.

UPDATE: Confirmed. They will be on the show this afternoon in the 5p hour.

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October 17, 2008 at 8:30 AM

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Fun worth having — tonight’s GIT Rockin’

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So you’ve probably been to a battle of the bands before? But have you been to the battle of the government IT bands? (One friend of mine calls it “geeks with guitars.”)

The third annual GIT Rockin’ is coming up tonight — I’ll be emceeing. GIT Rockin’ — GIT for Government IT — is a  battle of the bands where all the bands members are from the government IT community. To be eligible to participate in GIT Rockin’, bands had to have at least two members from the government IT community.

AND… in addition to all the fun, the proceeds all benefit USO of Washington. Last year, GIT Rockin’ raised more than $17,000.

The event takes place in the State Street Theater in Falls Church.

This year’s bands:

This wonderful idea — and the past two years have been very fun — was created by Amy Fisher, who, until recently, was the Executive Director of Media Marketing and Events for the 1105 Government Information Group, which includes Federal Computer Week, Government Computer News and Washington Technology. (Fisher is now with Governing magazine.)

We had Fisher on Federal News Radio’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris a few weeks ago. You can hear that conversation here. [.mp3] You can also hear Federal News Radio’s Max Cacus’s report on last year’s GIT Rockin’ here.

See FCW’s coverage — including photos — here and here [.pdf]

So… come out on a Thursday… have some fun… listen to some good music… and support a very worthy cause.

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October 16, 2008 at 8:51 AM

CORRECTED: Microsoft Federal promotes Carlson

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Editor’s note: This post was… well, it was not correct. (You know, you can point these things out, right?) I had heard about Teresa Carlson’s promotion, but I couldn’t find the information out there. When I did, it was a link to information dated October 2007. So technically it was accurate, just not accurate for the time. In fact, Carlson has been promoted to lead Microsoft Federal. You can read about that here.

In the interest of transparency, I have made clear the error, but I am not just deleting the post… particularly because the information about A Salute to the Troops is still accurate — and important. And I’ll post about the DorobekInsider’s correction policy this week. Frankly, I didn’t have a formal one, but… I will now.

Kudos to three of Microsoft federal’s senior management team, which I heard about late last week but which Government Executive’s Tech Insider blog reports managed to write up first.

Teresa Carlson was named general manager of U.S. Government Civilian Agencies and International Global Organizations, and Brian Roach general manager of the Federal Department of Defense group. And Suzanne Behrens, former director of public sector marketing, was named general manager of the company’s Business Marketing Organization, handling public sector communications.

Microsoft has a powerful federal team — a group of people who are passionate about helping the government accomplish it’s mission. Yes, they are also interested in helping Microsoft be successful, but…
I know Carlson and Behrens fairly well, and I have met Roach several times. Carlson was a powerful force in helping the government establish the Federal Core Desktop Configuration. (Read Microsoft’s info about the FCDC here.) That is a case where the FCDC may have helped Microsoft, but… it is also an important piece of securing agency PCs… and it is a key part of OMB’s cyber-security initiative. She did not win a Fed 100 award for her efforts — Shelly Bird, chief architect at Microsoft Consulting Services did, and, from what I have heard, deservedly so. But I have also had insiders tell me that this initiative never would have come to fruition without Carlson’s energy and efforts.

I think FCDC is an example where both government and industry can work together. It doesn’t always work out that ways, does it?

I didn’t get a copy of the press release — in fact, I don’t see it posted anywhere — but… GovExec has it, so… I’m passing it along…

FOR RELEASEOctober 3, 2007

Microsoft Advances Three Leaders in its U.S. Public Sector Division

Behrens, Carlson, Roach Each Promoted to General Manager Positions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — October 3, 2007 — Microsoft Corporation has promoted three leaders of its U.S. Public Sector organization. The company named Suzanne Behrens , General Manager of its Business Marketing Organization; Teresa Carlson, General Manager of U.S. Government Civilian Agencies and International Global Organizations; and Brian Roach, General Manager for the Federal Department of Defense group.

Behrens served as director of the government division and most recently public sector marketing. As General Manager she will oversee Microsoft’s public sector marketing and communications efforts, breadth sales, as well as the organization’s citizenship efforts. She leads a team of professionals responsible for developing programs designed to identify business opportunities and facilitate Microsoft’s thought leadership across the public sector, including government and education. She joined Microsoft in 1996.

Carlson, who had served as U.S. director for strategy and operations, now leads the U.S. Government Civilian Agencies and International Global Organizations within the federal division and is responsible for defining the strategy and overseeing the execution of sales, customer satisfaction and performance of these business units. Carlson joined Microsoft in 2002. Roach, who had served as the Manager of Microsoft’s Federal Healthcare organization, now leads the U.S. Federal Department of Defense business unit and is responsible for defining the strategy and overseeing the execution of sales within the services, combatant commands, and Defense Agencies. Roach joined Microsoft in 1999.

Curt Kolcun, Vice President of Microsoft Federal, is the over all leader of the team. Last year, Federal Computer Week honored Kolcun with a Fed 100 award for his impassioned work helping veterans and USO. Kolcun spearheaded a remarkable event in New York — A Salute To Our Troops — held at Radio City Music Hall. I mention it because they are holding the second annual salute again in November.

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October 11, 2008 at 5:16 PM