AFCEA International Chapter News
BETHESDA CHAPTER CHAPTER - Jun 03, 2021

Chapter Announces InnovateIT Award Winners

The chapter has announced the winners for the 2021 InnovateIT Awards program, honoring individuals or groups in the federal civilian and health information technology (IT) markets who have combined leadership with innovation to achieve tangible results in the areas of security, automation and modernization within their organizations or across federal IT.

"This year's InnovateIT awardees are thought leaders who have demonstrated innovative solutions that meet agency challenges and transform service to the citizen," said Chapter President Naina Leo. 'AFCEA Bethesda is excited to recognize these outstanding leaders who have managed cutting-edge initiatives that advance the mission of their organizations or the state of federal IT.'

The 2021 Innovate IT Award finalists include the following:

Janet Vogel, chief information security officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was awarded Government Innovation Leader of the Year. Cal Zemelman, executive director, Data Science & Engineering Practice and Solutions Innovation Office, CVP Corp., was awarded Industry Innovation Leader of the Year. Christopher Boyd, chief, Biometrics & Person Centric Services Branch, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of Information Technology, Identity, Records and National Security Delivery Division, was awarded Emerging Government Leader Award. The Security Innovation Leader-Government Award was given to the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) Team, which included: Robert Byers, NVD tech lead, Security, Test, Validation and Measurement Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Computer Security Division; Christopher Turner, NVD analysis team lead, Security, Test, Validation and Measurement Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Computer Security Division; and David Waltermire, lead for standards and outreach, Security Automation Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Cybersecurity Division. Automation Innovation Leader-Government was awarded to Darjan Vujica, director, Analytics & Research Directorate, Global Engagement Center, U. S. Department of State. Finally, Modernization Innovation Leader-Government was awarded to David Catanoso, director, Enterprise Cloud Solutions Office, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


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