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FCW : March 30, 2013
THE FEDERAL 100 40 March 30, 2013 FCW.COM Steven Schliesman Mark Schwartz Adam Sedgewick Nicole Seligman Rear Adm. David G. Simpson Steven Schliesman Director of Major Transformation Initiatives Project Management Division Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran-centric innovation. Schliesman is responsible for 16 major initiatives and 155 subordinate projects fo- cused on VA's highest priori- ties. The Homeless Manage- ment Information System, the Nationwide Health Infor- mation Network, the My HealtheVet portal, mental health alerts for providers, and other initiatives have a direct, positive impact on the daily lives and health of veterans across the country. Superiors credit Schliesman with helping transform VA into a more veteran-centric organization and setting an example that other agen- cies want to emulate for their own constituencies. Mark Schwartz CIO U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department of Homeland Security Agile advocate. Schwartz has been one of the main forces behind a moderniza- tion effort at USCIS that seeks to automate immigra- tion processing. Under his leadership, the program now uses an agile method- ology to deliver releases every four months. Schwartz also led a team that developed an agile methodology and gover- nance process now being implemented throughout DHS. CIO Richard Spires said Schwartz's work, par- ticularly in agile develop- ment, "has enabled USCIS' IT organization to regain the con dence of USCIS leader- ship, resulting in a partner- ship that allows USCIS to eld new capabilities on a rapid basis. " Adam Sedgewick Senior IT Policy Adviser National Institute of Standards and Technology CIOs' secret weapon. As senior advisor to the CIO Council, Sedgewick provided invaluable behind- the-scenes management, coordination and operation- al support for the council's agenda and activities. A natural partner and prob- lem-solver, he pushed an aggressive agenda focused on governmentwide impact while offering process improvements for the coun- cil's internal operations. He added tremendous substan- tive expertise gleaned from his experience as a cyberse- curity and IT policy analyst on Capitol Hill. As senior IT policy adviser at NIST, he continues to shape the governmentwide dialogue on cybersecurity reform. Nicole Seligman Executive Vice President and General Counsel Sony Corp. Cyber skills chancellor. Seligman believes the government must set high standards in the sophisti- cated eld of cybersecurity. So when agencies realized they needed more skilled employees to keep up with government demands, she suggested looking for talent where those skills are taught. Speci cally, she recommended that the Cyber Skills Task Force of the Homeland Security Ad- visory Council tap promis- ing students at community colleges, an idea that has caught on. A pilot project under way in New Jersey offers hands-on experience for budding cybersecurity professionals. Projects are planned in several other states in 2013. Rear Adm. David G. Simpson U.S. Navy Vice Director Defense Information Systems Agency Bringing business savvy to DOD IT. The one-time communications and information systems direc- tor for U.S. Forces-Iraq in Baghdad is bringing his strategic and operational experience home. As a champion for DOD's Joint Information Environment, Simpson helped build the architecture that supports enterprise email and other departmentwide services and has been an advocate for enterprise licensing agreements, nancial transparency and standard- ization. "Dave exempli es that rare combination of both strong technical skills and business savvy, and his efforts are making a big difference as the depart- ment continues to foster innovation during tough nancial times, " said Dave Wennergren, DOD's assis- tant deputy chief manage- ment of cer.
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