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January 16, 2009
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We were at Patton Boggs in McLean yesterday morning as GSA CIO Casey Coleman let the NVTC "B2G" Committee know GSA IT plans for '09. The highlights: Support the presidential transition, increase efficiency in GSA programs, invest in employees, become greener, and increase use of social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for agency needs (hmm, we guess as opposed to personal use).


Casey's talk was much more exciting than this picture. And we weren't the only ones interested in what "The Chic Geek" had to say, as the 100-person event sold out. Casey says GSA is looking to consolidate and "green" its data centers in the coming year. If that's not eco-friendly enough, she's also consolidated 400 servers and nearly 1,000 mobile devices that weren't being used and now has 38% of GSA employees teleworking at least once a week (compared to 12% this time last year). Her goal is 50% next year.

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Before the early morning event, we snapped this of Credence Management Solutions CEO Sid Chowdhary, Citibank VP Tony Wolfe and Dutko senior associate Matt Schrader. Everyone knows Dutko as the government affairs management and consulting firm, but we got Matt to play prognosticator on who would become the new CTO. "The name no one mentions who would be great is Steve Kelman at Harvard," Matt says. "He knows everything."

Inside Federal News Radio

Bisnow tech reporter Dave Stegon sat down yesterday to tape a segment with Mark Amtower, above, the federal contracting guru above who's equal parts author, self-styled knife-thrower, and host of Amtower Off Center on Federal News Radio. They discussed the Bisnow Power 50; next Thursday's high-level federal contracting panel at the Tower Club, and the intergalactic Bisnow Media Empire. (The segment airs Monday at noon.) Since WFED is a great source of inside information on federal contracting, we figured we'd take pictures of the people you hear on the station.


In their Charlie's Angels pose we find Amy Morris and Chris Dorobek, who host the Daily Debrief from 3PM to 7PM. You may know Chris from his days as Editor-in-Chief at FCW. Amy started in DC as a WTOP reporter before getting her gig as executive editor and anchor in '06. Besides dishing contracting news, Amy knows her way around the theater, although she's still mad at her husband for noting "how fit" the performers were in Legally Blonde.


You may remember Mike Causey from his days running the Federal Page of the Washington Post, but he's now WFED's senior correspondent. He writes columns for their home page (he tells us he gets the most hits of anyone on staff) and hosts a weekly show on Wednesday afternoons.


We caught Morning Show hosts Tom Temin and Jane Norris as they were wrapping up their show discussing a government official misusing funds. Tom used to be Editor-In-Chief at Government Computer News and Washington Technology. He still writes a weekly column for the site's homepage, but we hear he'd rather play keyboard in his band or watch the Nats.


Tom's morning partner, Jane, worked in government for a number of years as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Acting Assistant Secretary at Labor. She's also been a political analyst at CNN, NBC and MSNBC.


We went to Stafford (that's 40 miles south of D.C. for those who don't go outside the Beltway) to meet John Pross, who heads SRA's Marine Corps Program, and to take a look at the company's new offices a few miles from the Quantico Marine Corps base. John tells us SRA is doing a variety of work for the Marines, most notably engineering and program management services for the Marine Corps Systems Command and the Network Operations Security Command. Their biggest win came in '07 with a $33.3 million contract to help the Marine Corps develop an integrated digital work environment for acquisition and life cycle systems management functions (translation: a better system for buying stuff).


John cutting the ribbon at the office's recent opening, with SRA SVP Pat Burke (who heads the company's National Security Sector), VP Anna Hogan, and Stafford County Supervisor Paul Milde. The office houses nine full-time employees and a number of contractors in what is becoming a hot bed for government contractors. SRA shares the building with Northrop, and Lockheed is opening a new office just down the street. Jeff grew up in New Jersey before going to the Naval Academy and spent the next 30 years enlisted before joining SRA after retiring. He commutes daily from The Plains, but finds time to see his four kids and stay active with his church.

We're taking off MLK Day, but we'll be back Tuesday as we get the tech community to make predictions on the Obama Administration and IT. Send story ideas to David@Bisnow.com

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