WASHINGTON – Today, global tech trade association ITI announced its first annual Public Sector Government Recognition program for outstanding federal acquisition professionals. The awards will highlight and promote best practices in government IT acquisitions, including creative and innovative tactics to increase competition, reduce administrative burdens and procurement lead times, and leverage commercial best practices to support superior government cybersecurity and mission performance. Nominations will be accepted on ITI’s website until 11:59 pm ET on October 15, 2021.
“This recognition program celebrates and honors U.S. government employees that promote the innovative acquisition solutions needed to modernize and secure IT infrastructure,” said Gordon Bitko, ITI’s Senior Vice President of Public Sector Policy. “A knowledgeable, engaged government contracting officer plays a vital but often underestimated role in successful government IT programs. Public Sector CIOs should understand the value of having an innovative thinker or ‘acquisition ninja’ on staff who can deploy the latest procurement techniques to enable swift evaluations of the latest and greatest technology, while also providing a framework for collaborating with the private sector to deploy these solutions.”
Awardees will be selected by five independent advisors who are recognized acquisition experts in the public, private, and academic sectors:
- David Drabkin, Chairman of the Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations, Section 809 Panel; Principal at Drabkin & Associates, LLC; former Senior Procurement Executive at the General Services Administration (GSA)
- Lt Gen Wendy M. Masiello, USAF (Ret.), President, Wendy Mas Consulting, LLC; former Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)
- Jim Williams, Partner at Shambach & Williams Consulting; Former Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner and Former Acting Administrator, GSA
- Dr. Michael Wooten, Vice President, Strategic Direction at National Industries for the Blind (NIB); former Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
- Christopher R. Yukins, The Lynn David Research Professor in Government Procurement Law, The George Washington University Law School
Nominations for awards for outstanding government acquisition professionals and programs will be accepted via ITI’s website through October 15, 2021. Awardees will be announced in November 2021.