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FCW : November and December 2014
Murtaza Ahmed Murtaza Ahmed is on a long-term mission to modernize IT at the Environmental Pro- tection Agency. As a senior program manager at Lockheed Martin, he helped EPA move from Lotus Notes email to a cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 suite last year. This year, he helped EPA migrate its collabora- tion software to a cloud-based SharePoint environment. And in the past few months, EPA completed a mobile upgrade to iPhones and Windows-based smartphones with his help. “We definitely want to take EPA to a more mobile workforce concept,” Ahmed said, and the move to the cloud for EPA’s 24,000 users is almost complete. The next challenge is to create a mobile device management tool, set to be in place by January. That sort of large-scale logisti- cal IT project sounds like a full-time job all by itself, but Ahmed’s responsibilities extend across 19 EPA programs nation- wide. It makes for a very full schedule, but Ahmed credited EPA leaders for pushing such an aggressive agenda. “They know what they want and where they want to be,” he said. “The buy-in they have been able to achieve from across the different regions helps us as a contractor to move forward.” — Adam Mazmanian Rebecca S. Ayers Rebecca Ayers got her start in govern- ment in 2003 as a Presidential Manage- ment Fellow at the Office of Personnel Management, and she has been there ever since. In the past two years, her work has taken her deeper into the federal IT world as she started thinking about how to use technology to improve performance management. “I wanted to revolutionize how we do performance management in government and change it from a performance-based approach to something that’s more auto- mated,” she said. 14 November/December 2014 FCW.COM THE 2014 RISING STARS Meet 24 women and men who are driving key changes in federal IT — and shaping up as the community’s likely leaders of tomorrow