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November 18, 2008
 
 
 
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CLAY!

 

Eight years ago Clay Johnson led the Bush administration's transition into the White House, so it only makes sense that now, as the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget, he is focusing his last two months on helping agencies prepare for Obama & Co.  "We want to give them a clear look at everything we're doing from financial management systems to how we buy weapons to outstanding GAO issues, so they can take the baton and run with it," Clay says. Admirable bipartisanship!

 

Here's Clay with OMB communications' Abigail Tanner. We made it through three security checks to meet Clay at his office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. As executive chair of the Chief Information Officers (CIO) council, Clay tells us he's pushed agency CIOs to take a more businesslike approach to managing the Federal government's $70 billion IT budget. "We've been very good at getting agencies to develop a better IT focus, making sure they have specific goals and deadlines and are keeping everyone accountable," Clay says. One last act: He'll deliver a report to the President on Dec. 15 on security clearance reform.

 

A Texas native, Clay was a roommate of President Bush at Yale and was the President's Chief of Staff when 43 was Governor of Texas. Clay tells us he would like to return to Austin once his term ends and run a large organization: a business, a school or something else. Clay will also likely find some time to play golf and catch up on his reading, considering he's a big history buff.  Hmm, now he could write history.


THE VOTING GOES ON!
 

The big election is over, but every day people continue to vote for things. We recently met Votenet CEO Michael Tuteur, right, and VP Raj Naik, whose eight-year-old K Street-based company is the industry leader in online voting Software-as-a-Service. The 25-person company's 850 clients include everything from sports teams to Hollywood award shows (think Emmy Awards) to high school students picking prom court. "It's costly to get an entire member base together, not to mention difficult to distribute and tabulate paper ballots, so we give organizations a secure tamper-proof place to vote online," Michael says.

 

A Philadelphia native, Michael started his career at NetCapital as a marketing assistant after graduating from the University of Rochester. The company was sold to Netivation, a company that went public during the dotcom boom, and later sold off its Votenet division to private investors in '01 during the dotcom bust. Michael helped develop the first version of the firm's voting software for associations and was promoted to CEO in '03. A stock market junkie, Michael can be found reading about other companies, running, playing roller hockey or visiting the Spy Museum. And if that's not enough, he may be the first triplet ever featured in Bisnow.


REAL AWARD
 

Get Real Consulting partners Jason Harmon and Robin Wiener show off their trophy after winning Emerging Business of the Year Award as part of the Annual Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Business Awards last week. Get Real Consulting (we like the name) is a Rockville-based software development professional services company focusing on integrating Microsoft's HealthVault platform (that stores medical info in the cloud) with existing systems.

David Stegon spends his days interviewing people, writing stories and serving as his cat's doorman to the backyard. Open the door to your business by sending story ideas to David@Bisnow.com.

 
 
 
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