Federal CIOs, Tech Teams Shine at FITARA Awards

Seven Federal agency chief information officers and their senior staffs won well-deserved recognition earlier this month for boosting their agencies’ grades on the latest FITARA (Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act) Scorecard issued by the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

At MeriTalk’s FITARA Awards ceremony held Sept. 10 at the Russell House Office Building on Capitol Hill, the winning CIOs and their teams earned high praise for their efforts from Federal CIO Suzette Kent and Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., chairman of the House Government Operations Subcommittee.

In addition to bragging rights – at least until the next FITARA Scorecard comes out in December – each of the winning agencies earned recognition for impressive improvements in one or more FITARA grading categories that run the gamut from MGT Act, to cybersecurity progress, to CIO authorities.

And the winners are…

National Science Foundation for Best in Scorecard Category (FISMA):

Javier Inclan, Deputy Office Head, Office of Information and Resource Management; John McCarthy, IT Specialist; Dorothy Aronson, Chief Information Officer; Ann Smith, IT Specialist; Nancy Kaplan, Branch Chief, Security, Architecture, Policy and Plans

Education Department, for Best Overall:

Steven Corey-Bey, Enterprise Architect; Kaye Fanning, Chief, Investment and Acquisition Management Branch; Jason Gray, Chief Information Officer

General Services Administration, for Best Overall:

Beth Killoran, Deputy Chief Information Officer

Small Business Administration, for Best Overall:

Russ Miller, Director, IT Services; Sanjay Gupta, Chief Technology Officer; Elias Hernandez, Chief Human Capital Officer; Guy Cavallo, Deputy Chief Information Officer; Maria Roat, Chief Information Officer

Treasury Department, for Most Improved:

Eric Olson, Chief Information Officer

Justice Department, for Most Improved:

Melinda Rogers, Deputy Chief Information Officer and Joe Klimavicz, Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief Information Officer

Nuclear Regulatory Commission, for Most Improved:

Dave Nelson, Chief Information Officer and the NRC FITARA implementation team

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