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FCW : November 30, 2012
Trending 10 November 30, 2012 FCW.COM The woman who developed the State Department s systems for measuring the effectiveness of public diplomacy efforts has joined a contractor that specializes in analytics and database systems for intelligence and national security projects. Cherreka Montgomery spent ve years at State, where she was director of evaluation and mea- surement in the State Department s Of ce of the Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Since 2011, she had been with the Of ce of the Director of National Intelligence, serving as the principal media spokes- woman for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency. In October, Montgomery joined SAP National Security Services as national vice president for corporate develop- ment. In that role, she will work with the intelligence community, Defense Department and systems integrators, the company said. While at State, Montgomery devel- oped an integrated plan to measure and assess public diplomacy efforts Two acquisition of cials at opposite ends of the career spectrum were recently recognized for their efforts to strengthen the federal contracting community. Elliott Branch, deputy assistant sec- retary for acquisition and procurement at the Navy, and Alexander Mavrouka- kis, a contracting of cer at the Educa- tion Department, won the 2012 Public Sector Partner of the Year awards at the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards ceremony Nov. 1. The Fairfax County Chamber of Com- merce, Professional Services Council (PSC) and FCW sister publication Washington Technology chose the win- ners based on their leadership, innova- tion and commitment to excellence. Mavroukakis was lauded as a leader in the next generation of acquisition professionals. He has worked at Educa- tion since 2008, and also founded and is now director of the Rising Acquisition Professionals Community. RAP-C helps young federal acquisi- tion professionals connect with one another through education, mentor- ing and networking. Sponsored by the Federal Acquisition Institute and the Of ce of Federal Procurement Policy, RAP-C hosts events at which feds can hear from various experts and share their experiences with people in similar positions, said Alan Chvotkin, execu- tive vice president and counsel at PSC. Mavroukakis is also actively involved with Young Government Lead- ers and GovLoop and has "a passion for building an acquisition community of excellence, delivering results for the taxpayer and generating an environ- ment of true partnership," said Harry Klaff, a managing director at commer- cial real estate rm Jones Lang LaSalle, in presenting Mavroukakis with the award. Branch has been a leader of the National Contract Management Asso- ciation for many years and is its cur- rent president. He has also been a vocal advocate for lasting partnerships between the public and private sectors, said Stan Soloway, PSC s president and CEO, in announcing the award. "While our rst award went to a young man who represents the vital future of the federal acquisition workforce, our second awardee, although still a young man, has been one of the most respected leaders in federal acquisition for many years," Soloway said. In his remarks, Branch emphasized Navy, Education acquisition leaders honored the need for solid connections between contractors and agencies. He said gov- ernment relies on the goods and serv- ices that industry provides, so they both need good relationships that are built on mutual respect and trust. "We don t build anything in government," he said. "We build relationships." Branch, who has been in the Senior Executive Service since 1993, also talk- ed about his days as an intern at the Naval Air Systems Command, where, as luck would have it, he worked for Mavroukakis father, John. that began during the Bush administra- tion and have continued and expanded under Secretary of State Hillary Clin- ton. Montgomery said that in the past, diplomats could point to anecdotal evidence of the bene ts of public diplomacy, but ultimately, "you have to demonstrate return on the public s investment.... So I looked for ways to syn- thesize the strategy and performance." In an interview with FCW, Montgomery said that after many years in government, the chance to develop public/private partnerships from the other side was too appealing to pass up. And based on her perfor- mance management projects at the State Department, which relied on SAP software, "I m a believer in [these] solu- tions," she said. As someone who was only recently wrestling with budget limitations on the agency side, Montgomery said she is acutely aware of the effect sequestration could have on her new responsibilities. "We de nitely want to avoid it," she said, but "shrinking budgets are a reality. We have to be agile and be exible." Performance management pro moves from ODNI to private sector Cherreka Montgomery business days in December to strike a deal averting sequestration --- 11 if legislators maintain the three-day workweeks that prevailed throughout the 112th Congress 20
November 15, 2012