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FCW : October 30, 2013
Eric T. Brassil When they were locked in an old State Department IT platform, reports on 280 overseas posts --- lled with information such as where to go for food and what not to do in a given country --- were not doing Foreign Service of cers or interagency employees any good. Enter Eric Brassil. His vision for innovation is why those now-updated reports are the most widely tapped resource on Diplopedia, the department s inter- nal wiki used by 60,000 employees. "Those reports were supposed to be updated annually because that crucial and essential informa- tion can change so quickly," Brassil said. "But on the old platform, it was stagnant and not being used anymore. Now it has new life." Brassil wears several hats for State and is most proud of the work he does that directly affects department personnel around the world. As deputy lead for Diplope- dia, he is always looking for new ways for State employees to create and share useful content. He is also the principal adviser on IT needs for State s Bureau of Information Resource Management, which serves 900 of ce management spe- cialists, and he is the engagement coordinator in the bureau s Of ce of eDiplomacy, where he promotes the adoption of online collabora- tive tools and other programs. On any given day, he might over- see training for thousands of users or brief senior of cials. In his two short years at State, he has earned high acclaim from superiors and colleagues. "Eric Brassil has the maturity of vision and capacity to lead of an employee high above his present position," said Robert Watts, senior engagement adviser in the Of ce of eDiplomacy. "With only a few years of experience in the Foreign Service, he shows great dedication, energy and initiative." --- Frank Konkel Kirsten E. Dalboe In her three years at the Depart- ment of Homeland Security, Kirsten Dalboe has shown the expansive organization how to use emerging technologies more effectively. As DHS customer engagement manager, she has played a key role in enterprise systems development at the Of ce of the CIO and has made it her business to explain new technology with crystal clarity. Equipped with what her col- leagues call a keen understanding of the of ce s tech strategies, she led the creation of strategic docu- ments that have shaped DHS use of mobile and cloud technologies. She has also been actively involved in digital governance initiatives in the broader federal IT community and coordinated DHS reporting of progress on milestones and deliverables. "Kirsten has, by far, received more positive feedback for her efforts than any other employee I have personally coached and supervised in my more than 30 years in the IT eld," said Matthew Morris, DHS director of cloud sup- port and project management. --- Mark Rockwell Grace E. Dalton In the past year, the Army has rolled out some of its biggest IT changes as it moves toward an enterprise system for various serv- ices. Perhaps the largest effort was the migration of roughly 1 million Army users to enterprise email, a foundational undertaking that sets the stage for the department s future in IT services. Grace Dalton was instrumen- tal in coordinating those efforts behind the scenes and quickly emerged as a key player. Whether she is facilitating discussions among various command levels, helping to validate a range of Army IT requirements, or reviewing and implementing policies, Dalton s role is as busy as it is critical. October 30, 2013 FCW.COM 25
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