AFFIRM Annual Leadership Awards Celebration

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Presentation of the 2017 Leadership Awards
Willard Intercontinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW Grand Ballroom
Washington, DC 20004

Join us for this after-work reception that includes beverages, food stations and passed hors-d'oeuvres.

This Celebration will feature the AFFIRM Annual Awards Ceremony and networking with the government CIO and CXO community while honoring the recipients.

Dress is Business Attire.


VIP Reception - The Willard Room: 5:00pm - 6:00pm (By Invitation Only)

Main Reception Registration - The Grand Ballroom: 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Main Reception: 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Awards Presentation Program: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The annual AFFIRM Leadership Awards Celebration is the recognition of outstanding leadership in the Federal Government since 1979.

The AFFIRM Leadership Awards are among the most prestigious of the Federal community, honoring individual and team outstanding leadership from the preceding year. First awarded in 1979, award honorees join a prestigious list of agency executives and managers. Awards are for demonstrated leadership leading to successes in specific categories such as IT Management, Cyber Security, Mobile Technology, Innovation, Cloud Computing, Big Data and related areas. In addition, there are special categories for a Congressional Leadership Award and an Industry Executive Leadership Award.

We'll honor leaders from DHS, Treasury, HHS, NARA, USCIS, GSA, GAO, Navy, OMB, Leidos and Dynanet.

The Leadership Awardees will be recognized and honored at the Thursday, June 22, 2017 AFFIRM Annual Leadership Celebration, an after work reception from 6:00pm to 8:30pm, in the Grand Ballroom of the Willard InterContinental Hotel, Washington, DC.

View the list of the AFFIRM 2017 Leadership Awards winners here.

Sponsorships are available. Please download the form for more details.

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors

VIP Reception Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors


Hospitality Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

MetroStar Systems Link


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IP Consulting


Registrants must be logged in to receive any discounted government or Sustaining Partner rates. Please contact the AFFIRM office if you require assistance logging in.

Government Attendees
  • Government Member - $25
  • Government Non-member - $30
Industry Attendees
  • Sustaining Partner Pre-Registered - $125
  • Industry Non-member Pre-Registered - $190
  • Sustaining Partner Member Walk-in - $165
  • Industry Non-member Walk-In- $230
Award Winners: 

Margie Graves

Executive Leadership in Information Technology (Civilian)
Chief Information Officer
U.S. Government

Margaret H. Graves is the Federal Deputy Chief Information Officer of the United States. Ms. Graves was previously selected in September, 2008, to serve as the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO). As the Deputy CIO, she oversees an IT portfolio of $5.4 billion in programs. In addition, Ms. Graves manages the operations of the Office of the Chief Information Officer, which covers the functional areas of Applied Technology, Enterprise Architecture, Data Management, IT Security, Infrastructure Operations, IT Accessibility, Budget and Acquisition.

Karoom Brown

Executive Leadership Award for Industry - Large Business
Senior Vice President, Leidos Health

Sean Peay

 Executive Leadership Award for Industry - Small Business
President and CEO
Dynanet Corporation

Mr. Peay has spent over 24 years providing exceptional IT services to the state and federal government. Mr. Peay has significantly expanded Dynanet’s operations increasing the company’s revenues 25-fold, while expanding the Dynanet’s services to include comprehensive IT Software Development, Program Management and Health IT. His continued commitment to customer satisfaction, providing customer focused solutions, utilizing leading edge technologies, and fostering a dynamic group of professionals has moved Dynanet from an information technology and professional services company to a full IT systems integration company.

Gene Dodaro

Congressional Leadership Award
Comptroller General of the United States
Government Accountability Office

Gene L. Dodaro became the eighth Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on December 22, 2010, when he was confirmed by the United States Senate. He was nominated by President Obama in September of 2010 from a list of candidates selected by a bipartisan, bicameral congressional commission. He had been serving as Acting Comptroller General since March of 2008.

Mr. Dodaro has testified before Congress dozens of times on important national issues, including the nation's long term fiscal outlook, efforts to reduce and eliminate overlap and duplication across the federal government and GAO's "High Risk List" that focuses on specific challenges—from reducing improper payments under Medicare and Medicaid to improving the Pentagon's business practices. In addition Mr. Dodaro has led efforts to fulfill GAO's new audit responsibilities under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia

Leadership in Big Data and Data Analytics
Chief Information Officer
U.S. Department of Treasury

Mr. Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia has 30 years of experience in industry and the Federal Government in technical, management, and senior executive leadership capacities, utilizing Information Technology (IT)/Information Resource Management (IRM) to transform organizations and achieve mission success.

Bhagowalia serves as the DAS-IS and CIO of the U.S. Department of the Treasury since October 2014. In this role, he oversees the Department’s $ 3.8 Billion IT/IRM portfolio, directs the development and implementation of Treasury IT/IRM strategy, manages IT/IRM investments, and leads key technology initiatives across the Department, in partnership with Bureau CIOs.

Robert Collins

Leadership in Cyber Security
Chief Information Security Officer
Indian Health Service

Robert Collins is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Director of Information Security for the Indian Health Service (IHS). Mr. Collins has over ten years of experience developing, implementing and reengineering cybersecurity programs for international and domestic organizations. In his previous role, he served as the Compliance Branch Chief for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where Mr. Collins was a pioneer in the adoption and governance of cloud computing initiatives and Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation (CDM) technologies for the entire Federal Government.

Mr. Collins won the 2016 Government Information Security Leadership Award (GISLA) for Workforce Improvement and was an Excellence.Gov Finalist in 2013. Through his leadership, his team has been awarded multiple Federal Information Systems Security Educators' Association (FISSEA) Awards for best newsletter in 2014 and 2015 and a peer choice award for best security training in 2015.

John Enggren

Leadership in Digital Services
Program Manager

John Enggren is the Program Manager for with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). His outstanding leadership has guided the department in developing strong partnerships with organizations, individuals, and federal agencies for a government-wide shared service. He is currently spearheading the NextGen System Project by improving the website functionality and design. John successfully implemented a new system for collecting funds from 26 federal agencies that significantly streamlined and improved the overall operation of the website.

John got his start working for the federal government as a Senior Architect with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Enterprise Architecture Information Repository (EAIR) Team

Leadership in Agile
Enterprise Architecture (EA)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security’s Enterprise Architecture Information Repository (EAIR) was established in 2009 to store the valuable business, data, services, and technology architecture that make up the Department’s Homeland Security Enterprise Architecture (HLS EA). The EAIR provides line of sight across enterprise data such as budgeting, programs, systems, and technology to enable effective and efficient data-driven decision making toward EA’s mission of reducing costs in information technology (IT). Under the leadership and vision of the Acting Chief Architect, Benjamin Black, and the Acting Chief Data Architect, Barry Zukose, the EAIR Team works to automate and streamline data integration and intake processes, and continuously enhance data visualization and reporting capabilities, transforming data across the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) into valuable information used by decision makers throughout the Department.

Christina Ho

Demonstrated Leadership in Implementing the Data Act
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Accounting Policy and Financial Transparency
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Christina Ho is the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Accounting Policy and Financial Transparency. Her office is responsible for leading the development, implementation, and enforcement of accounting policies governing federal financial activities and promoting innovation in federal financial management. She successfully led the government-wide implementation of the Digital Accountability & Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) with the goal to track nearly $4 trillion dollars in annual spending and link data from budget, accounting, procurement and financial assistance into one common standard. In addition, she represents the Department of Treasury on the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB). Prior to her appointment as DAS, Christina held leadership positions with Bureau of the Fiscal Service at Treasury and was a senior manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Christina is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a certified information system auditor (CISA).

Jon Johnson

Leadership Award in Acquisition and Procurement
Enterprise Mobility Program Manager, IT Category, Federal Acquisition Service
General Services Administration

William Marcinko

Leadership in Mobile Computing Technology
Program Manager, Enterprise Content Management
U.S. Department of Treasury

William Marcinko is the Program Manager for Enterprise Content Management (ECM) at The Department of Treasury and has served in this role since October 2013. As ECM Program Manager, he works with stakeholders across Treasury’s Bureaus and Offices, as well as other Federal Agencies in the financial/regulatory community, to formulate the Treasury’s Shared Service Enterprise Content Management program strategies and to develop products and services.

Prior to joining the Department of Treasury, William worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting the National Science Foundation, US Air Force, Army Material Command and other government agencies with a focus on collaboration and application development.

William holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from Purdue University, as well as Masters of Science degree in Information Technology Management from The George Washington University, where he also received a Chief Information Officer Graduate Certificate.

NARA Team, Led by: Leslie Johnston

Leadership in Cloud Computing
Director of Digital Preservation
National Archives and Records Administration

David Simeon

Leadership in Technology Inovation
Division Chief, Innovation and Technology, Customer Service and Public Engagement Directorate
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Debra Vess

Leadership Award for Service to the Citizen and the Country
Associate Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Business Solutions
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Debra Vess possesses over 30 years of extensive experience in private industry and the Federal Government. She is recognized as a business-focused senior executive and strategist who specializes in the creation and implementation of innovative business solutions across multiple Information Technology (IT) disciplines (i.e., application layer, infrastructure, cloud, cybersecurity, data management, risk management, etc.) to address complex business challenges across a wide array of functional areas (i.e., Financial Services, Human Resources, Mergers and Acquisitions, etc.)

Ms. Vess currently serves as the Associate Chief Information Officer (ACIO) for the Enterprise Business Solutions (EBS) division within the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Her strategic leadership and forward-looking vision has been instrumental in shaping EBS into the shared service provider it is today.

Karen S. Evans

President's Special Appreciation Award
National Director
US Cyber Challenge (USCC)

Karen S. Evans serves as the National Director for the US Cyber Challenge. She retired after nearly 28 years of federal government service, responsibilities ranged from a GS-2 to Presidential Appointee as the Administrator for E-Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget within the Executive Office of the President. Before becoming the Administrator, Ms. Evans was the Chief Information Officer for the Department of Energy, and before Energy, she was Director of Information Resources Management Division, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. She currently serves as a Director on the boards of the NIC, Inc; Center for Internet Security; The Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy and an outside manager for Accenture Federal Services.

Lisa Schlosser

President's Special Appreciation Award
Former Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer (Retired)
U.S. Office of Management and Budget

Ms. Lisa Schlosser most recently served as the Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. She returned to her role in October of 2016 after serving a detail assignment as the Acting Chief Information Officer at the Office of Personnel Management.

She previously served as the Principal Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education, and the Director, Office of Information Collection, Office of Environmental Information, for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Lisa was also the Chief Information Officer (CIO), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Associate Chief Information Officer/Chief Information Security Officer, US Department of Transportation (US DOT), and as the Associate CIO for IT Security for the US DOT.

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