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GSA's Sorrenti Wins GCN Information Technology Award

Accomplishes ‘Formidable’ Federal Acquisition Mission

GSA #10237

May 3, 2006
Contact: Viki Reath, (202) 501-1231
Viki.Reath@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced that Teresa Sorrenti, Director of GSA’s Office of Acquisition Systems, is one of 12 recipients of the 2006 Government Computer News (GCN) IT Leadership Awards for outstanding work in government information technology (IT).

Sorrenti was a leader in the government effort to simplify, unify and streamline the federal acquisition process. Her effort culminated in the 2002 launch of the Integrated Acquisition Environment, one of the 24 e-government initiatives in President Bush’s Management Agenda. The IAE initiative involved more than 300 officials from 65 agencies.

“Her mission was formidable: to simplify, unify and streamline the federal acquisition process,” GCN said. “For many in government, the idea of integrating a morass of disparate procurement processes and systems seemed, on the face of it, absurd.”

By 2004, IAE had met three of its five original objectives, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) status report on e-government initiatives. IAE leveraged existing systems, eliminated redundancy and built systems to match federal business needs. The result is improved effectiveness and efficiency in federal acquisitions.

“GAO pointed to IAE as ‘an example of effective collaboration,’” GCN said.

Specifically, the GCN IT award honors:

  • Exceptional accomplishments in leading government information technology initiatives.
  • Ability to inspire co-workers to higher achievement.
  • Innovative approaches and a willingness to take risks in mission-related projects.

The 12 winning 2006 candidates were chosen by a panel of current and former federal IT leaders and industry executives together with senior editors of PostNewsweek Tech Media, publisher of GCN News.

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