Tuesday Apr 08, 2008

Fed 100 Award ceremony

[Note to readers: I'm way behind in blogging lots of recent events. This is the second of several posts attempting to catch up...]

As I mentioned last February 15th, I have been recognized by Federal Computer Week as an "Agent of Change" in their 2008 award program. This past Monday March 24th my wife and I attended the award ceremony in Virginia - where I received a lovely piece of glass with my name etched into it.

The ceremony was part of a small, intimate dinner for 930 people at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Tysons Corner, VA. Scattered about the hotel were copies of Federal Computer Week magazine, complete with a very brief mention of me, along with larger pieces about the award ceremony itself. There were four huge projection screens scattered about the hall, and they would project images of the 100 winners as well as the judges onto the screens. Each time a new face appeared, applause erupted somewhere in the cavernous dining hall. The evening entertainment was provided by Peter Segel of NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell me radio show. His somewhat more liberal bent was an interesting choice for a group largely comprised of government and military IT procurement and the companies that sell to them...

While not all of the honorees managed to attend, there were several one-star generals, and one two-star and one three-star general there among the honorees. Sartorially, the generals' military dress far outshone the black tie that most of the rest of us were wearing. The full list of honorees is quite distinguished, and it was a real pleasure and honor to be among them.

Friday Feb 15, 2008

Being a Federal 100 "Change Agent"

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!

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