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GSA Honors Graduates of "The 1,000 by the Year 2000" Program

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GSA #9612

October 8, 1999
Contact: Eleni Martin (202) 501-1231

Washington, DC - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) honored its seventh class of graduates of "The 1,000 by the Year 2000" information resources management (IRM) education program.

"The program is a partnership between GSA and academia to help employees keep up-to-date on changes in the field of IRM," said Dr. Joan Steyaert, Deputy Associate Administrator of the Office of Information Technology. "It is designed to prepare the government's next generation of IRM leaders."

During the awards ceremony, Master Sergeant Jeffery Gray of the U.S. Marine Corps said that the 1,000 by the Year 2000 program encourages Federal agencies to develop their information resource management workforce for the long term. On behalf of the graduates, Gray thanked GSA for the "great opportunity of accomplishment and recognition."

"Keeping current with technology is both a challenge and a responsibility in public service. Participation in this program provided a structured approach to absorbing a great deal of information in a short period of time," said Department of State graduate Kumar Peries.

The 1,000 by the Year 2000 education program is open to all Federal agencies. GSA and the participating universities and colleges each award graduates an IRM certificate after they have completed six graduate level courses that provide a common background in IRM, information technology and information management. The more than 850 Federal employees registered in the program work in various areas in government including telecommunications, computers, contracting, financial, network management, IRM operations, engineering, security, and systems.

G. Martin Wagner, Associate Administrator of GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy, congratulated this year's class of 68 certificate graduates: Edward D. Bielski, Min J. Elders, Norman J. Farley, Jaroslaw J. Hafycz, Diego F. Navarrete, Michael X. Odhner, Justin F. Owens, Virginia A. Schoenfeld, Gregory F. Spencer, Jennifer C. Tsang, Joseph V. Violi, Merri Sue Carter, Department of the Navy; Lynn Allen, Kumar A. Peries, Department of State; John J. Molitaris, Jr., Central Intelligence Agency; Leslie A. Braun, Henrietta V. Brox, Richard P.F. Lowe, George L. Walton, Wynn Wood Coggins, Department of Commerce; Mark D. Gelhardt, Sr., Reza Khayyami, James D. McMullin, Royce R. Neidlinger, Department of the Army; James Cook, Michael A. DiVittorio, Carlton A. Drew, Victoria R. Gold, Jeffery L. Gray, Anthony Hope, Jay. D. Jacobsen, Joseph F. Jaremko, Michael Mayer-Kielmann, Grant G. Lorenz, Suzette L. Luecke, Steven P. Martinson, Jane Perry, Roger P. Quane, Elaine L. Sapp, Stuart L. Strong, Joan R. Vallancewhitacre, Christine J. Weston-Lyons, Joyce Willingham Franklin, Clyde A. Wurster, Department of Defense; Carolyn J. Sanders, Environmental Protection Agency; Kevin M. Ball, Crystal M. Bush, Ronald W. Northrup, Department of Transportation; Linda L. Dudley, Theresa R. Krol, Jeffrey G. Silver, Department of Health and Human Services; Jack L. Cowden, Edwin R. Deshong, III, Roberto E. Gonzalez, Michael D. Harden, Mark D. Noto, Department of Energy; Henry Daniel, Jr., Mary K. Jones, Department of the Air Force; Michael A. Mardesich, Sylvia M. Wicker, Brenda M. Woodson, Social Security Administration; Vanessa A. Nelson, Housing and Urban Development; Monica J. Taylor, Department of Interior; Robert C. Padgett, Victor P. Winnard, General Services Administration; Henry L. Wong, Office of Personnel Management and Lisa I. Haralampus, National Archives and Records Administration.

Graduates participated in programs at Capitol College, Catholic University, Central Michigan University, Drexel University, George Washington University, Marymount University, National Defense University, Syracuse University, Temple University, and the University of Maryland.

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