Defense IT

Navy names Cyberspace/IT Person of the Year

Randall Cieslak, CIO of the U.S. Pacific Command, has been named the Navy Department’s Cyberspace/IT Person of the Year Award winner for his work in developing a shared infrastructure within the command and improving security with the implementation of IPv6. Cieslak and four others were honored with the DON CIO’s 2014 awards.

Cieslak led the development of the IT Portfolio Management System, credited with optimizing the command’s ability prioritize IT funding in a time of tight budgets. He proposed a strategy to collapse multiple networks into a shared infrastructure, the DON CIO said, and enhance security by implementing IPv6. The DON CIO’s announcement called it “a model of modernization and transformation activity to be emulated by others.”

Among the other awards, Mark Johnson, director for Electromagnetic Environmental Effects/Spectrum Policy and Programs in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, was named winner of the John J. Lussier Electromagnetic Spectrum Leadership Award Winner.

Johnson was cited for his technical expertise and leadership in helping the Navy balance defense and economic priorities in association with the Federal Communication Commission’s National Broadband Plan. He helped identify 210 MHz of spectrum, worth more than $20 billion, for potential reallocation, the DON CIO said. He also led development of the Information Dominance Directorate's Electromagnetic Spectrum Usage Roadmap, a 15-year plan for increasing spectrum efficiency, operational effectiveness and ensuring that warfighters have access spectrum resources.

Two winners were named for the DON Cyberspace/IT Rising Star of the Year Award: Chris Ferguson, lead applications developer for the DON Assistant for Administration (DON/AA) and Anthony Winns, customer support lead for DON/AA.

Ferguson was hailed as “the go-to expert for the Secretariat’s systems and applications,” and credited for his DOD application security skills. He also was the key technical advisor/lead developer for the DON/AA Public Portal, the first public website to receive full authority to operate in a commercial cloud environment, the DON CIO office said. Winns was honored for improving customer satisfaction and his overall approach to solving problems and producing results.

And Rebecca Chhim, a computer scientist and lead information assurance advisor for Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, Undersea Warfare Combat System Department, was named the DON IM/IT Excellence Award Individual winner. Chhim’s work on process improvement and developing standard procedures decreased configuration management burdens, helped cut IT procurement process times and established a standard process determining if security re-accreditation is required for programs of record that have undergone changes.

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