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GSA Cleans up at 2016 Federal Computer Week Fed 100 Awards

| Joan Kornblith, Communications Manager
Post filed in: Awards  |  Federal Acquisition Service  |  Miscellaneous  |  Technology

For 27 years, the Federal Computer Week (FCW) Federal 100 Awards have recognized the top 100 leaders from across the federal IT community. These men and women are singled out by their peers for going the extra mile and playing a major role in advancing federal IT. Honorees this year include 76 from across federal government, 23 from the private sector, and one from academia. This year, there are eight GSA employees on this prestigious list.

Congratulations to:

Beth Angerman, Executive Director of the Unified Shared Services Management Office, is recognized for her outstanding work in promoting shared services across government. Over the last two years her leadership (first at Treasury, now at GSA) has been a vital part of the administration's goal of creating a shared service marketplace, where one agency provides IT, human resources, financial or other services to other agencies. By working to unify and standardize these functions, Beth is helping to create a more efficient and mission focused government that will save valuable taxpayer dollars.

Federal System Integration Contracting Officer Angela Holden Donahoo earns a place on the list for her "exceptional management" of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs). This unique and innovative program is open to any government entity (including state, local, regional, and tribal governments), and federal agencies. CDM supplies entities with tools and capabilities that identify cybersecurity risks on an ongoing basis, and prioritizes them based on potential impacts, allowing cybersecurity professionals to fix the worst problems first.

Senior Innovation Specialist John Felleman is being honored for his work developing GSA's Acquisition Gateway team. In 2013, a GSA survey of federal procurement professionals showed the need for a single destination with all the resources required for a successful acquisition. Today, a year after launching, the Gateway has 19 category hallways full of valuable content, tools, and support for every stage of the acquisition process. It's quickly becoming the hub of an acquisition professional's daily activities, giving them the information they need to buy smarter and faster.

Tiffany T. Hixson, Northwest Arctic Region Regional Commissioner and Professional Services Category Executive, Federal Acquisition Service, is being recognized for her efforts "aggressively pushing category management efforts forward." This new approach involves buying and managing the government's goods and services more like a single enterprise, not many individual agencies. The objective of category management at GSA is to increase efficiency and effectiveness in all areas of acquisition, while also reducing costs and redundancies.

18F's Director of Delivery Architecture and Infrastructure Services, Noah Kunin, is recognized for his work advocating 18Fs "DevOps methodologies, cloud strategies, and cybersecurity best practices to drive innovation" across government in an open and collaborative way. Noah's goal is to make technology as accessible as possible.

Navin Vembar and Judith Zawatsky are both recognized for their work transforming the Integrated Award Environment (IAE) into the innovative and collaborative program it is today.

Navin, IAE's IT director, devised plans for (and later oversaw the building of) a single, unified, cloud-hosted Common Services Platform (CSP) that served as the foundation of IAE's effort to modernize its ten systems. The CSP, which received an Authorization To Operate (ATO) in October 2015, was GSA's first ATO for a cloud-based platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and paved the way for better award management services across government.

As the IAE's director of outreach and stakeholder management, Judith – who currently serves as the MAS transformation lead – oversaw engagement with more than three million users. To support IAE's modernization effort, Judith had to meet current user requirements, while simultaneously soliciting their input to ensure the future environment reflected their diverse needs, following through on IAE's commitment to building a user-centric solution.

And last, but definitely not least, is GSA's 4-time honoree…Mary Davie, the woman dubbed the "Queen of IT" by Jim Williams, former Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service. Mary is the Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Integrated Technology Services (ITS) and leads a highly skilled workforce that manages more than 7,000 contracts providing IT and telecommunications products, services and solutions critical to defense and civilian agencies' success. She was recognized this year not just for her outstanding leadership skills as GSA recompetes several major acquisitions at the same time, but for going above and beyond in working with customers across the acquisition community.

For more on the GSA honorees and to learn more about the 2016 FCW Federal 100, visit or pick up a copy of their April 2016 magazine. You can meet all the honorees at the Federal 100 Awards Gala, April 7th, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC.