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Federal stars in the government cloud

Each year, FCW, Government Cloud Insider' sibling publication focusing on the business of federal IT, profiles each of its 2018 Federal 100 Award winners -- individuals from both government and industry who have made a marked difference in federal IT.

This year, that list included several change agents who pushed the federal government forward with their work with the cloud:

Guy Cavallo
Deputy CIO, Small Business Administration
With no budget for the agency’s cloud and data center consolidation initiative, Cavallo streamlined existing software and service contracts and used the $1.2 million in savings to power his agency to the cloud.

Karina L. Homme
Senior Director, Azure Government, Microsoft
Homme serves as a liaison between the Microsoft Azure cloud engineering team and federal agencies, removing barriers to cloud adoption in the government and aligning Microsoft’s government cloud roadmap with agency needs.

Tanya W. Lambert
Deputy, AF Program Executive Officer for C3I and Networks, Department of the Air Force
Lambert led the transfer of 2,000 public-facing applications and three internal enterprise resource planning systems to the cloud by building a common computing environment and creating a new development methodology.

Yogesh Khanna
Senior Vice President and CTO, CSRA
Khanna's skill at building bridges is evident in the milCloud 2.0 project CSRA is implementing for the Defense Information Systems Agency.  The project connects the military to a commercial cloud featuring pay-for-use pricing and no vendor lock-in.

Joseph F. Klimavicz
CIO, Department of Justice
Klimavicz oversaw a departmentwide initiative to move to a shared, cloud-based productivity suite and successfully migrated more than 80,000 users to the shared service in just 12 months. He also spearheaded data center consolidation efforts and is on track to take the department down to three data centers by March 2019.

Dorsy Yoffie
Deputy Director, Unified Shared Services Management, General Services Administration
Yoffie has been instrumental in developing the Federal Integrated Business Framework, which will allow the government to identify and capitalize on common business needs across agencies that cloud-based solutions can address more effectively than the existing siloed approach.

Trent F. Randall
Senior Solutions Architect, Department of the Interior
Randall facilitated the development of FireNet, a revolutionary cloud-based platform that gives dispatch centers and fire camps a single, secure point of access through which they can share information regardless of affiliation or agency.

Brett McMillen
Senior Manager, U.S. Federal, Civilian, Amazon Web Services
McMillen helped implement the Department of Veterans Affairs' mobile-friendly Vets.gov portal, which involved integrating more than 200 formerly distinct websites and services to make it easier for veterans to complete essential tasks, such as filing a claim or applying for health benefits. McMillen also helped develop a facial recognition program at Customs and Border Protection that will be deployed at airports nationwide to increase security and free up valuable resources at CBP for other tasks.

Chris Liddell
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of American Innovation
Under his guidance, the Office of American Innovation created interagency working groups to determine modernization priorities, including a push to the cloud, adoption of shared services, enhanced cybersecurity and the establishment of centers of excellence.

Austin Agrella
Legislative Director, Office of Rep. Will Hurd
As the lead writer of the Modernizing Government Technology Act, Agrella's influence can be found throughout the legislative process. When the bill stalled in the Senate after passing the House, Agrella was the person Hurd sent to negotiate with the staff of Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) to help push the bill over the finish line.

Byron Caswell
President and CEO, Regent Solutions
Caswell worked with the Federal Communications Commission on an effort to overhaul the agency’s decades-old technology stack by adopting cloud-based tools, saving the FCC money and enabling external users to interact with it without downloading extra applications or extensions.

Alfred Rivera
Director, Development and Business Center, Defense Information Systems Agency
Rivera led the design, development and implementation of milCloud 2.0, DISA's first on-premises and fully commercial cloud service. He also championed modernization efforts for the Defense Department through the testing and implementation of zero-day network defenses, break-and-inspect analysis, endpoint security solutions and data analytics.

Tim Hurlebaus
President, CGI Federal
Under Hurlebaus' leadership, CGI Federal helped the Agriculture Department migrate to a cloud-based shared-services platform called Momentum. Forty other federal agencies use Momentum for services such as financial management.

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