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FCW : November and December 2014
Rising Stars 22 November/December 2014 FCW.COM all aimed at outfitting soldiers with the latest IT. The stakes are high, and Manol said dealing with the acquisition life cycle complicates the job. Programs that can’t demonstrate quick output risk being terminated. This year, for example, Manol helped the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology avoid having its money re-appropriated by making sure its programs were phased appropriately. Where there was once less pressure to prioritize programs, she said, now “we have to balance everything out to make sure that all of...our critical mission capabilities to support the warfighter are supported.” — Sean Lyngaas Tanusree McCabe Tanusree McCabe is the person to call when you need to make nearly two dozen wildly different agencies publicly embrace a common sense of purpose. As a senior manager at Blackstone Technology Group, McCabe manages a portfolio of cloud-based projects at the departments of Homeland Security and Agriculture. Blackstone hired her three years ago as a lead analyst/engineer to assist with DHS’ move to cloud services. Although Blackstone knew that bringing Web content management as a service to DHS’ 22 component agencies would save money, it was also clear just how difficult it would be to bring a coherent public face to all those agencies. To date, the company said nearly a dozen DHS websites have migrated to the platform, for significant cost reduc- tions. McCabe is now working with other agencies to help them achieve similar benefits from cloud services. “Tanu quickly built relationships with each of the stakeholder groups by actively listening to their needs and incorporating ideas into the enterprise solution,” said Erin McCants Parker, a senior director at Blackstone. “She did this in a way that demonstrated her understanding of what made them unique yet still connected them to the enterprise. Her ability to simultane- ously advocate for an enterprise-level perspective and address individual Thomas Jefferson said, “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” According to Ngoc Vu’s coworkers, her eloquent yet succinct style makes her a force to be reckoned with at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Vu joined the SEC’s invest- ment controls branch in 2008 and was involved in the drive to better link business with IT. Now she works closely with CIO Thomas Bayer on the commission’s overall IT strategy. “She’s able to listen to the customer and translate that rapidly into a very innovative program,” Bayer said. “She’s able to change people’s views with very few words. She picks the right words and is very effective.” Vu has been a key player in transforming the technology plat- forms at the SEC and has been promoted three times in the past three years. Now she manages a 12-person IT solutions delivery team that has tackled some of the SEC’s biggest IT endeavors. Among other projects, Vu and her team renovated the SEC’s website and migrated it to the cloud, which allowed for 300 percent faster page refreshes, reduced bandwidth use by 37 percent and increased the site’s security. Although she studied informa- tion systems at George Mason University, Vu said she would never have guessed she’d work in federal IT. Her years at the SEC, however, have sold her on the rewarding nature of the gov- ernment’s mission. “It’s important to have that clear vision of how things can get better and how you can make a difference — and also getting everyone on your team to see that same vision,” Vu said. — Colby Hochmuth Ngoc Vu