Being a Federal 100 "Change Agent"
By Peter Korn on Feb 15, 2008
Federal Computer Week, a publication of the 1105 Government Information Group, covers the government technology market. Over the years they have published hundreds of articles on Section 508 and the issue of accessibility in the federal marketplace.
Each year (for the past 19 years) Federal Computer Week names 100 individuals that they deem to be "the deciders, influencers, leaders, thinkers and difference-makers who have had a significant impact in the government’s use of information technology" in the past year. This year the theme is "Agents of Change", and I'm rather stunned to discover that I've been named to the 2008 Federal 100 awards list, stemming from my work on the Telecommunication and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee advising the U.S. Access Board on the refresh of the Section 508 accessibility standards of the Federal Rehabilitation Act and the Section 255 accessibility guidelines of the Telecommunications Act. (I've just found out that fellow TEITAC member Rex Lint gets the credit (or blame) for my nomination).
I'm looking forward to black-tie awards gala next month (since I haven't been able to sing with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus for the last couple of years, I've had precious few occasions to dust off my tuxedo). Besides, I may get to meet former Sun employee (and fellow Federal 100 award winner) Eric Schmidt at the gala!