Chris Vein works for two prominent Obama administration officials who are always in the limelight. Consequently Vein doesn’t get a lot of publicity. If you do a search on his name, the “news” results shows very little.

And that’s all fine with Vein, the deputy Chief Technology Officer. He reports to the chief technology officer (the post Aneesh Chopra held before stepping down earlier this month) and also to John Holdren, the senior advisor to the president for Science and Technology. Both have been highly visible – and in Holdren’s case, controversial – appointees.
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Nearly two dozen government technology executives and organizations were honored by their peers in Washington, D.C., Thursday evening at a ceremony hosted at the Newseum by the Government Technology Research Alliance.

Ira Grossman, chief enterprise architect at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (pictured above, right), and Dr. Ron Ross, senior fellow for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (pictured above, left), were among those who earned special recognition at the GovTek Awards ceremony. Keep reading →

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is no stranger to the government technology community. As founder and managing director of Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm, he helped found or invest in a number of technology companies, including Nextel.

So it was a logical leap when Warner reached out to the Northern Virginia Technology Council in 2010, asking for recommendations for remedying the major record-keeping deficiencies discovered at Arlington National Cemetery. Keep reading →