USADOD Names Best in Information Management, Technology

WASHINGTON — Defense Depart­ment offi­cials announced team and indi­vid­ual recip­i­ents of this year’s DOD Chief Infor­ma­tion Offi­cer awards at a Pen­ta­gon cer­e­mo­ny yes­ter­day.
The award is the high­est hon­or grant­ed for achieve­ment in infor­ma­tion man­age­ment and infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy, and 2010 is the 10th anniver­sary of the awards.

David Wen­ner­gren, assis­tant deputy chief man­age­ment offi­cer in the office of the deputy sec­re­tary of defense, presents the first-place award in the team cat­e­go­ry to William McAvay, who rep­re­sent­ed the Project Direc­tor Team for Defense Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sys­tems-South­west Asia. The award cer­e­mo­ny was held Oct. 27, 2010, at the Pen­ta­gon.
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CIOs are used to being in the spot­light when things go wrong, David Wen­ner­gren, assis­tant deputy chief man­age­ment offi­cer for the office of the deputy sec­re­tary of defense, told the audience. 

“But every day, good things are hap­pen­ing and you don’t get so much atten­tion,” he added. “We don’t often get time to pause and reflect upon what great accom­plish­ments we’re achiev­ing every day.” 

Until this month, Wen­ner­gren served as deputy assis­tant sec­re­tary of defense for infor­ma­tion man­age­ment, inte­gra­tion and tech­nol­o­gy, and deputy chief infor­ma­tion offi­cer in the office of the sec­re­tary of defense. 

Team awards were pre­sent­ed to: 

— The Project Direc­tor Team, Defense Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sys­tems-South­west Asia, Fort Belvoir, Va.;
— The Col­lab­o­ra­tion Sup­port and Infor­ma­tion Divi­sion Ron­na Team at U.S. Joint Forces Com­mand, Nor­folk, Va.;
— The Joint Staff CIO Team;
— The DOD Vis­i­tor Team, Defense Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems Agency, Bal­ti­more; and
— The Apps for the Army Chal­lenge Team, U.S. Army. 

Indi­vid­ual first-place awards were made to Navy Lt. Cmdr. James Gateau of U.S. Euro­pean Com­mand in Stuttgart, Ger­many, and Jack Sum­mers, com­mand infor­ma­tion offi­cer for Naval Air Sys­tems Com­mand, Patux­ent Riv­er, Md. 

The sec­ond-place indi­vid­ual award went to James Lee, the Army’s team chief for Radio Fre­quen­cy-In Tran­sit Visibility. 

The eight final­ists were cho­sen from among 70 nom­i­na­tions of civil­ian gov­ern­ment and mil­i­tary ser­vice CIOs and teams that came in from around the world. 

Offi­cials eval­u­at­ed nom­i­nees based on out­stand­ing achieve­ment in one or more areas, includ­ing acqui­si­tion, man­age­ment and stan­dards, iden­ti­ty and infor­ma­tion assur­ance and cyber oper­a­tions, and infor­ma­tion shar­ing and data management. 

The awards are giv­en to rec­og­nize out­stand­ing achieve­ment in DOD infor­ma­tion man­age­ment based on the intent of Title 40 of the U.S. Code, known as the Clinger-Cohen Act, and the strat­e­gy, goals and vision of the DOD CIO

On Oct. 26, Defense Sec­re­tary Robert M. Gates announced his appoint­ment of Teri Takai as DOD’s new chief infor­ma­tion offi­cer. Takai has served as CIO for the state of Cal­i­for­nia since 2007 and was a past pres­i­dent of the Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion of State CIOs. She will assume her new duties Nov. 7. 

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

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