29th Annual SEA Banquet Honors Presidential Distinguished Executives Responsible for Saving Government Over $32 Billion
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr. Delivered the Keynote Address
Washington, D.C. – Recipients of the nation's highest civil service awards, the Presidential Ranks of Distinguished and Meritorious Executive and Distinguished and Meritorious Professional, will be announced and honored by the Senior Executives Association's Professional Development League (SEA PDL) at the group's 29th annual black tie Distinguished Rank Awards Banquet held on April 23. A review of the accomplishments detailed in the 24 2014 Distinguished award winners' nominations reveals they have saved the federal government over $32 billion.
The banquet, sponsored by the Senior Executives Association Professional Development League, will be held at the State Department Diplomatic Reception Rooms. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr. will deliver remarks.
Only one percent of the Senior Executive Service (SES) is eligible to receive the rank of Distinguished Executive, and only one percent of executives in Senior Level and ST (Scientific and Professional) positions may receive the rank of Distinguished Senior Professional. Five percent of the SES corps is eligible to receive the rank of Meritorious Executive, and only five percent of those in Senior Level and ST (Scientific and Professional) positions may receive the rank of Meritorious Senior Professional.
Dignitaries expected to attend the event include:
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Stephen G. Burns, Director of the Office of Personnel Management Katherine Archuleta, Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Carolyn K. Colvin, Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu, Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security and Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration Frank Klotz, Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force and Assistant Secretary for Financial Management and Comptroller Lisa Disbrow, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary for Management at the Department of Education Joseph Andrew Jackson, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget at the Department of the Interior Kristen Sarri, and Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget Beth Cobert.
SEA President Carol A. Bonosaro will recognize some of the recipients' notable achievements in her remarks:
• Founding and directing the first and only national nanotechnology center focused on commerce, recognized internationally for its world-class development of new methods for nanoscale measurement and fabrication.
• Developing and executing over $14 billion of hurricane protection system work in New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina, which, when Hurricane Isaac made landfall in 2012, prevented catastrophic flooding, loss of life and massive property damage. The system's keystone, the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier, received the American Society of Civil Engineers 2014 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award, the first time in the award's 54 year history that it has been presented to the Army Corps of Engineers.
• Directing the collection and submission of the DoD information technology budget which is approximately 50% of the federal IT budget.
• Developing and overseeing the government's legal strategy in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation with over 300 plaintiffs seeking damages and naming the Department of the Interior as a defendant in addition to BP, with a settlement in which BP will pay almost $8 billion.
• Leading development of a revolutionary, lightweight material with a self-adhesive backing that untrained soldiers can quickly apply to walls to increase blast resistance by a factor of 15. The X-Flex system has won three major awards including the "Top 50 Inventions of 2010" from TIME/CNN.
• Being responsible for all internal auditing of the Army, its $168 billion budget and 1.2 million military and civilian personnel.
• Developing - for an agency which manages the world's largest administrative review process - a data–driven approach to decision-making, which resulted in a 32% productivity gain despite a staffing decline, reduced processing time for the oldest cases by 300 days, increased to 50% the cases processed in less than 150 days, and reduced both administrative and court remands – while also developing new training methodologies to reduce the time needed to develop expertise in case adjudication from 18 to five months.
• Personally envisioning and devising how to use PS3 gaming consoles for high performance computing by combining 1,800 consoles into a 500 trillion operation/second computer 12 times less costly and 10 times more power efficient than all other super computers.
• Leading the achievement of significant victories in the Federal courts on diverse issues such as the constitutionality of tuition tax credits for students to attend private schools, the unconstitutionality of a strip-search of a middle school student and the unconstitutionality of a State measure on collecting information on immigrant students.
• Leading the development of new landing technology resulting in the flawless demonstration of an Inflatable Re-entry vehicle technology capable of delivering heavier, larger structures to the surface of any planet for dramatically reduced costs, and enabling future human and robotic exploration.
• Leading calculation and application of 3 government-wide sequestration orders on time and with virtually no errors. He is responsible for the comprehensive guidance known as OMB Circular A-11 and chairs a group of senior scorekeepers from the Budget Committees, CBO and OMB, who determine the scoring rules followed by the Congress and the Executive Branch.
• Leading the efforts to recruit, interview and approve the first group of females to serve in positions on nuclear submarines, a seamless transition which literally opened the door for the nation's most talented female engineers to become submariners.
• Providing the legal basis for an effective regulatory framework for ensuring the safety of human tissue for transplantation, developing the legal framework for innovative regulations that make drugs for life-threatening diseases available to patients on a "fast track," and leading the legal team implementing new authority to create an abbreviated approval pathway for biological products or "generic" biological products which are projected by various economic impact studies to save from 48 to over 100 billion dollars in medical costs over the first 10 years of market formation.
• Logging over 978 hours in space on four spaceflights and serving in key roles as Payload Commander and Flight Engineer. She also delivered engineering, safety, science and mission operations support for 18 successful space shuttle missions, 25 International Space Station expedition missions, 87 spacewalks and the first-ever docking of a commercial vehicle to the Space Station.
• Being recognized with the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics, shared with Serge Haroche, for "ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems." He also provided the world's first demonstration of laser cooling, and the world's first demonstration of quantum logic gates, considered the start of international research in quantum computing, developed the world's first realization of the seven so-called DiVincenzo criteria which specify requirements for a working quantum computer and created four of the world's most accurate atomic clocks, with accuracy of up to 1 second in 4 billion years.
The Senior Executives Association (SEA) is a professional association representing Senior Executive Service members and other career federal executives. Founded in 1980, SEA's goals are: to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and productivity of the federal government; to advance the professionalism and advocate the interests of career federal executives; and to enhance public recognition of their contributions. The SEA Professional Development League (PDL) is a nonprofit educational organization committed to advancing the professionalism of career federal executives through the sponsorship of training, recognition, and research activities.