With a little bit of planning and the free “Light Bulb Finder” mobile application, most people could be more effective in selecting and buying energy-efficient light bulbs.
On Nov. 8 the Environmental Protection Agency honored the Eco Hatchery LLC light bulb application as “Overall Best App” in its Apps for the Environment Challenge. The agency named five winners in the competition.
The Light Bulb Finder, developed by Adam Borut and Andrea Nylund of Milwaukee, Wis., was designed to make it easier for users to switch to energy-saving bulbs. It can be used to view bulb images and cost, savings and environmental impacts, and to create shopping lists and buy bulbs online or at stores. It is available for free for Android and iPhone.
In the contest, developers were encouraged to use EPA data to help protect people and the environment, Malcolm Jackson, EPA’s chief information officer, said in a news release. “The winners of the Apps for the Environment challenge demonstrate that it’s possible to transform data from EPA and elsewhere into applications that people can use.”
The other winners are:
- Runner Up, Best Overall App: Hootroot by Matthew Kling of Brighter Planet, Shelburne, Vt.
- Winner, Best Student App: EarthFriend by Ali Hasan and Will Fry of Differential Apps and Fry Development Company, Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, N.C. and J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, N.C..
- Runner Up, Best Student App: Environmental Justice Participatory Mapping by Robert Sabie, Jr. of Western Washington University, Bellingham, Wash.
- Popular Choice Award: CG Search by Suresh Ganesan of Cognizant Technology Solutions, South Plainfield, N.J.
Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Nov 08, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Michael Raponi is the new inspector general for the U.S. Government Printing Office, where he will be in charge of auditing GPO’s production and distribution of information products and services.
Raponi previously was the deputy assistant inspector general for audits at the Labor Department. He also has held various posts at inspectors general offices at the Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs departments.
He takes charge of the GPO office from Interim Inspector General Rodolfo “Rudy” Ramirez, Jr., who served in that capacity since May. Previously, Tony Ogden had been the GPO's inspector general since 2007. Ogden currently is general counsel to the inspector general at the Environmental Protection Agency, according to his LInkedIn profile.
Raponi was appointed to the position by Public Printer Bill Boarman.
Raponi served in the U.S. Army as a Patriot Missile mechanic. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s in business administration from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.
At the GPO, Raponi will investigate and audit programs including the Federal Digital System and the Federal Depository Library Program.
Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Nov 07, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Two government officials have been recognized for their commitment to public service and superior leadership by American University’s School of Public Affairs.
Margaret Gilligan, associate administrator at the Federal Aviation Administration, and Dr. John A. Montgomery, director of research at the Department of the Navy’s Naval Research Laboratory, received the annual Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership on Oct. 24.
Founded in 1978, the award honors public servants whose government careers are marked by extraordinary effectiveness in organizational development and a strong commitment to training and educating managers and executives. Some of the recent winners include officials from the Internal Revenue Service, the Defense Department and the Energy Department.
Gilligan and Montgomery were recognized for their “superior leadership resulting in outstanding achievements that improve the quality of everyday life for all Americans,” said William LeoGrande, dean of American University’s School of Public Affairs.
“They epitomize dedication to public service, and we challenge our students to strive to emulate these two outstanding individuals as they embark on their future careers,” he added.
Gilligan has been FAA’s associate administrator since 2009 and leads the organization responsible for setting, overseeing and enforcing safety standards for all elements of the aviation industry. She has also served as the government co-chair of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team, which works to decrease the risk of accidents.
Montgomery joined NRL in 1968 and has overseen development of numerous life- and cost-saving systems for military and commercial applications. He is a five-time Presidential Rank awardee and a long-time member of the Senior Executive Service, and has been awarded numerous honors for his leadership at NRL.
Posted by Camille Tuutti on Nov 01, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Chief Learning Officer magazine honored Lisa Doyle of the Veterans Affairs Department as the 2011 Chief Learning Officer of the Year.
Doyle is chancellor of the VA’s Acquisition Academy. She was named the academy’s first chancellor when it was formed in 2008 with a mandate to train, certify and expand the VA’s 40,000-member acquisition workforce.
Doyle received the award for her work in standing up the VA Acquisition Academy. As chancellor, she’s responsible for training VA’s acquisition workforce. She has established career development programs and is developing experiential learning opportunities.
Although the academy incorporates classroom work, Doyle takes a more holistic approach. The coursework goes well beyond rote learning of the Federal Acquisition Regulation to cover the softer skills needed by contracting officers.
“We take it to the next level,” Doyle said in a recent interview with Federal Computer Week. “Technical training is not everything. We develop the whole person.”
“The CLO of the Year award is given annually to the candidate who best exemplifies leadership qualities, creates the vision for change in his or her organization, and adds value for stakeholders,” the magazine said in a news release on Oct. 26.
Doyle was selected for the award by a panel of seven judges, including past recipients of the honor.
Posted by Alice Lipowicz, Matthew Weigelt on Oct 26, 2011 at 12:56 PM1 comments
Craig Luigart, CIO for the Veterans Health Administration, earned the Janice K. Mendenhall Spirit of Leadership Award for his significant contributions to the federal information technology community at the Executive Leadership Conference, held in Williamsburg, Va., by the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council.
Department of Veteran Affairs CIO Roger Baker presented the award to Luigart, citing Luigart's pioneering efforts in improving government through the adoption of IT, his mentoring capabilities, and his leadership in strengthening government and industry collaboration as reasons for his win.
Luigart was just one of seven people honored at the conference awards banquet. Other winners included:
The ACT President's Award to Martha Przysucha, associate director at the General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy, for her demonstrated commitment to encourage public-private collaboration and cooperation.
The IAC Chair's Award to Jim Obendorfer of IBM and Anne Armstrong, President of 1105 Government Information Group for their significant contributions to ACT-IAC over the years.
Government Contributor of the Year to Rick Holgate, CIO for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, for his leadership in dealing with issues around emerging technologies.
Industry Contributor of the Year to Anne Reed, CEO of ASI Government and Chair of IAC's Financial Management Working Group.
ACT-IAC's Rookie of the Year to Michael Donovan of HP.
Posted on Oct 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
In launching the 2011 Executive Leadership Conference, Jim Beaupre's slip of the tongue expressed what most people wish were reality. In speaking about the downturn in business of the past few years, Beaupre -- chairman of the Industry Advisory Council's executive committee -- said: "We're way past doing less with more."
"Doing more with less," Mary Davie quickly corrected him. Davie, president of the American Council of Technology, sharing the stage with Beaupre. ELC, held in Williamsburg, Va., is an ACT/IAC conference.
Beaupre recovered his composure and continued: "We can hunker down, stick our heads in the sand and hope for the best. On the other hand, we can be part of the solution."
Davie them asked the audience to contribute ideas for improving the business climate. After listing Twitter as one way to communicate with ACT/IAC, she added, "If you don't use Twitter -- or if you need more than 140 characters because you have such a fabulous idea -- you can e-mail."
Posted by Michael Hardy on Oct 23, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments