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Sonja Alexander
Headquarters, Washington
March 28, 2012
RELEASE : 12-100
NASA Deputy CIO Receives Federal 100 Award
WASHINGTON -- Deborah Diaz, NASA's deputy chief information officer, is the recipient of the Federal 100 Award. The award recognizes individuals in government and industry who are making significant contributions to federal information technology.

Diaz was chosen to receive this award by a panel of senior government officials and industry leaders in recognition of her passion, spirit and positive impact toward progressive transformation of federal information technology. Federal Computer Week Magazine will present the Federal 100 Awards at a gala in Washington on Wednesday, March 28.

"Deborah has provided leadership across our IT programs," said NASA CIO Linda Cureton. "She was helpful in the development of NASA's Open Government strategy, which is ranked number one in government, and has introduced innovative techniques to directly connect and interact with NASA's stakeholders."

Diaz has created new partnerships with Google, Microsoft and Amazon to cultivate greater innovation testbeds. As a chair of the October Federal Open Government Community Forum, she produced a successful open-government global event, with more than 160,000 virtual participants from government and the private sector engaging in worldwide idea generation to introduce new technologies to NASA.

Diaz's collaborative work on the June Random Hacks of Kindness influenced more than 1,500 participants (virtual and worldwide) to produce 48 functional demonstration projects and 23 working IT solutions. Her introduction of monitoring technologies into NASA's data centers along with the implementation of the final data center architecture resulted in reduced system duplication and common system standards across NASA.

For more information about other Federal 100 winners, visit


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