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FCW : December 2012
The American Council for Technology- Industry Advisory Council presented its highest honor --- the Janice K. Mendenhall Spirit of Leadership Award --- to Anne Reed, former CIO at the Agriculture Department and a champion of acquisition reform. For many years, Reed was president of ASI Government, a company that provides acquisition expertise to government agencies. She now leads her own consulting rm.ACT-IAC, a nonpro t organization devoted to public/private partnership in the federal IT community, announced its annual awards during a General Membership Meeting in November. The other winners are: • ACT President's Award: Kathleen Turco, associate administrator of the General Services Administration s Of ce of Governmentwide Policy, for her work in building the Acquisition Excellence conference. • IAC Chairman's Award: Molly O'Neill, a vice president at CGI Federal, for her work in helping build content throughout IAC programs. • Rookie of the Year: Rabiah Sutton, founder of FWD Think, for her work on ACT-IAC programs and shared interest groups. • Government Contributor of the Year: Rory Schultz, chief technology of cer at USDA s Food and Nutrition Service, for his leadership in the area of professional development. • Industry Contributor of the Year: Tom Suder, president of Mobilegov, for his efforts to foster government/industry collaboration on implementing the Obama administration s new digital strategy. Marietta Allen, director of IT policy management in the Of ce of the CIO at the Interior Department, and Leslie Barry, vice president of government affairs and business development at GTSI, were honored with special awards for their work in leading the ACT-IAC Volunteer Corps. Anne Reed CRITICAL READ 012Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results EMPLOYEES INFLUENCING CHANGE GOVERNMENTWIDE MANAGEMENT REPORT UNITED STATES OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT Over' 687,000' Federal' Employees' Opinions' WHAT: The Of ce of Personnel Management s "2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results" shares the perspectives of government workers on supervision, leadership and a host of special topics, such as teleworking and part- time employment. WHY: OPM has conducted the survey annually since 2002. This year, more than 687,000 federal employees participated, the highest number so far. Although speci c results vary by agency and even among agency components, the report concludes that feds are hardworking, motivated and mission-focused. However, satisfaction with pay and overall morale have declined. VERBATIM: "This year the steady trend of improvement has changed; governmentwide scores have dropped on every index, and 36 items decreased between two and ve percentage points from 2011 to 2012. While the federal workforce still holds strong and positive views on many critical items, the combined voices of more than 687,000 employees cannot be dismissed. " FULL REPORT: fedview.opm.gov Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Ger- ald Connolly (D-Va.) teamed up at a Dec. 3 event to argue for revising the framework that dictates the acquisi- tion process for federal IT. The chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight and Govern- ment Reform Committee, speaking at a Nextgov event in Washington, D.C., discussed how the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 should be revamped to give agency CIOs budget control. In September, Issa circulated draft text for legislation to grant that budget authority, promote strategic sourcing and require that each agency have only one CIO. "This is not a partisan issue," Issa said. "If you authorize CIOs, then by def- inition the term should mean something. When you have hundreds of them for 24 agencies, you really don t have chiefs." Connolly, meanwhile, said he and Issa "share a lot in common on this subject," and they are working togeth- er on the bill. "Whatever happens with the scal cliff [or] a contracted federal presence over the next 10 years to get the debt down...then technology becomes more important than ever." Not everyone is pleased with the proposed legislation, however. That same day, TechAmerica and three other industry associations released a letter to Issa calling for "signi cant revisions" to ve provisions. The asso- ciation executives stressed that those provisions "must be modi ed if the bill is to earn our support." For more on Issa and his impact on federal IT, see this issue s cover story beginning on Page 18. --- Camille Tuutti Issa, Connolly tout IT reform bill Trending 8 December 2012 FCW.COM of $80 billion spent annually on government technology is wasted, according to Rep. Darrell Issa $20 billion ACT-IAC honors government, industry leaders
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