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CIO Council Awards Leaders, Teams Serving Citizens

GSA # 10486

April 15, 2008
Contact: Jennifer Millikin (202) 501-1231
Jennifer.millikin@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON – Darlene Meskell, John Moses, Michael Sorrento and the Federal Desktop Core Configuration Team are winners of the 2008 Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council Leadership Award, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced today. The winners were recognized at the Interagency Resources Management Conference (IRMCO) on Monday, April 14.

The CIO Council Leadership Awards are given to career federal employees in the information technology field.  Recipients are recognized for their dedication and commitment to advancing and improving electronic government and information technology that impact the way government conducts business.  The awards were instituted in 2004.

Nominees and their accomplishments demonstrate advances in conducting business governmentwide; willingness and ability to treat obstacles as challenges not barriers; and measurable improvement in performance linked to mission objectives and results.

Darlene Meskell is the GSA’s Director of Intergovernmental Solutions.  Also serving as managing director of the 5-Nations CIO Council, Meskell started a quarterly forum where CIOs from five prominent English-speaking nations share ideas and find the best approaches to solving common problems. Ken Cochrane, CIO of the government of Canada, said, “Darlene Meskell has great knowledge and a great personality, these are the common threads that make our 5-Nations CIO Council work year after year.”

John Moses is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Director for the eRulemaking Program, a federal governmentwide E-Government program that encourages public interaction with the federal regulatory process.  He led the effort to develop and deploy the award-winning Regulations.gov and Federal Docket Management System (FDMS).  Over 150 agencies and other entities have implemented this system.  A 15-year veteran of EPA, Moses also managed EPA’s EDOCKET, the agency’s first electronic docket system, and led the effort that chose EDOCKET as the model for the eRulemaking system in 2002.

Michael Sorrento is the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Director of Disaster Credit Management System (DCMS) Operation Center.  He oversees the planning, development, and implementation of the Electronic Loan Application (ELA).  By leveraging the power of technology and the internet, ODA transformed loan-making into a virtual process that provides efficient and timely loan decisions to disaster victims through the ELA.  This dynamic design achieves a power and cooling requirement savings of one third the cost of conventional infrastructure design for such an implementation.

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