ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ASI Government (ASI), public sector consultants specializing in performance management solutions, announced that Lisa Akers, Acquisition Solutions Division President, has been honored with a prestigious Federal 100 Award.
The Federal 100 Awards recognize government and industry leaders who have made significant contributions to the federal government IT community – affecting change, progress and efficiency in determining how the federal government acquires, develops and manages IT.
Winners are nominated by Federal Computer Week readers and selected by an independent panel of government and industry leaders, including 75 from the federal government.
Ms. Akers was recognized for her work in support of Federal CIO Vivek Kundra's call to improve IT acquisition and program management. She co-chaired the response from the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC), where she is a Fellow.
Ms. Akers and her Government counterpart within ACT-IAC, Ralph Roman, drafted a 10-page report of key recommendations for effectively managing large-scale IT programs. The ACT-IAC report was presented to Mr. Kundra and contributed to the thinking behind the "25-Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology," which the White House released on Dec. 9, 2010.
The ACT-IAC reform proposal and the subsequent plan issued by the White House prescribe a series of initiatives intended to transform the government's approach to IT. By moving away from massive IT projects that take years to get to initial operating capability and instead embracing agile acquisition approaches that deliver functionality in increments of every few months, the Administration's new approach is designed to yield faster, more cost-effective IT programs that deliver better outcomes to the taxpayer.
"Properly applied, the Administration's new IT approach will go a long way towards ending the all-too-common stories we read about huge IT projects being years behind schedule and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget," said Anne Reed, ASI Government's CEO. "Lisa is one of the few people with proven experience in both the public and private sector getting results from major IT acquisitions, and the leadership role she played should have a lasting impact on government IT for years to come. We're delighted she was tapped to lead the ACT-IAC initiative and that she has been honored for her efforts as one of the 100. To ASI and our clients, she is one in a million."
Commenting on her contributions to the IT reform efforts, Ms. Akers shared, "Now is a critical time for the federal government as it attempts to balance increased demand for services against tight budgets. Transforming acquisition and program management is vitally important, particularly with regard to implementing complex programs such at IT. I was honored to work with fellow colleagues at ACT-IAC in contributing to the White House's reform efforts."
Ms. Akers and the other Federal 100 Award winners will be honored at an awards gala dinner on March 28th.
ASI Government (formerly Acquisition Solutions Inc.) is a leader in performance-based management for the public sector. ASI addresses the federal government's most critical challenges, delivering innovative acquisition, program management, organizational performance, IT and workforce solutions. Through innovative research, consulting, training and tools, ASI's solutions help the federal government enable the workforce, reduce costs and improve management of complex programs. ASI has a history of delivering results. The company's Virtual Acquisition Office™ is used daily by nearly 8,000 federal acquisition professionals as a center for knowledge, resources and tools. www.asigovernment.com.
SOURCE ASI Government