AFFIRM Contact:

Peg Hosky, AFFIRM Communications Committee

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peg@hosky.com

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Washington, DC, May 1, 2019 — The Association for Federal Information Resources Management announced the government and industry leaders selected to receive the  AFFIRM Leadership Awards.  Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of this government / industry non-profit focused on improving technology’s impact on citizen’s lives, the awards celebrate the achievements of America’s best.

The AFFIRM Leadership Awards are among the most prestigious of the Federal community, honoring individuals and teams for their outstanding leadership over the preceding year. First awarded in 1979, award honorees join a prestigious list of agency executives and managers.

The AFFIRM Leadership Awardees will be recognized and honored on Thursday,
May 23, 2019 at the AFFIRM Annual Leadership Celebration, an evening reception from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at the St. Regis Washington, DC. 

Award winners include:

Executive Leadership in Information Technology (Civilian)

  • Steve Rice, Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Executive Leadership in Information Technology (DOD and Intelligence)

  • Ian Fowlie, Chief, CIO Digital Journey Office, Defense Intelligence Agency

Executive Leadership Award for Industry - Large Business

  • David Young, Senior Vice President, Strategic Government, CenturyLink

Executive Leadership Award for Industry - Small Business

  • Don Tiaga, President, FedBiz IT Solutions, LLC

Congressional Leadership Award

  • Congressman Will Hurd, (TX-23), U.S. Congress

Leadership Award in Acquisition and Procurement

  • Ken Rogers, Deputy CIO, Department of State

Leadership Award for Service to the Citizen and the Country

  • J.S. Shellenberger, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service

Posthumous Leadership Award for Service to the Citizen and the Country

  • Chief Steven Elliott, Chief of Police, Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System

Leadership Award in Health Information Technology

  • Jose Arietta, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 Leadership in Technology Innovation

  • Edward Burrows, Robotics Process Automation Program Manager, U.S. General Services Administration

Leadership in Cyber Security

  • Bobby Miller, Sr. Director, Office of Cyber Monitoring & Operations, U.S. Department of State

Leadership in Cloud Computing

  • Damon Bragg, HSIN Service Operations Manager, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

 Leadership in Mobile Computing Technology

  • Joshua Kossoy, Director, Information Technology Infrastructure Operations Department, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Leadership in Big Data and Data Analysis

  • Mark E. Krzysko, Acquisition Data Executive, U.S. Department of Defense

Leadership in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

  • Justin Legary, Branch Chief, U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services

Leadership in IT Modernization

  • Gundeep Ahluwalia, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Labor

Special Leadership Recognition - Science, Innovation and New Technology

  • Dr. Pamela McCauley, Program Director, National Science Foundation

Emerging Leader Award

  • Kristin Solomon-Fish, Manager, IT Performance and Achievement, United States Postal Service

Leadership in Change - #changeagent

  • Alden J. Fry, Division Chief, Spartan Program Management Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

President's Award

  • Confidential until AFFIRM Leadership Awards Celebration on May 23, 2019


To attend the AFFIRM Leadership Awards Celebration visit www.affirm.org


The Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM) is a non-profit, volunteer, educational organization whose overall purpose is to improve the management of information, and related systems and resources, within the Federal government. Founded in 1979, and based in the Washington, DC area, AFFIRM's members include information resource management professionals from the Federal, academic, and industry sectors. 

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