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Chris Kemp is Federal 100 Honoree
Chris Kemp, CTO-IT

Congratulations to Chris C. Kemp for being designated as one of the esteemed 2010 Federal 100. When the award was presented, Mr. Kemp was the Chief Information Officer at Ames Research Center. Currently, he is Chief Technology Officer for Information Technology (CTO-IT), reporting to NASA CIO Linda Cureton.

The Federal 100 Award recognizes individuals in government and industry making significant contributions to federal information technology.

Mr. Kemp was chosen to receive this award by a panel of high-ranking government and industry leaders in recognition of his passion, risk-taking, spirit and positive impact toward progressive transformation of federal information technology.

Mr. Kemp's successful efforts in affecting change, progress and efficiency in determining how the federal government acquires, develops and manages IT, his steadfast improvement in delivery of government services to the public, his superlative advancements in the effectiveness of government employees' accomplishment of their missions, in addition to his successful execution of NASA projects are a few among the many reasons that Mr. Kemp was chosen for this award.

Federal Computer Week Magazine presented the Federal 100 Awards at gala in Washington, DC on March 22, 2010.

The other 99 formidable Federal 100 honorees include Vivek Kundra (OMB), Craig Newmark (Craigslist), David Williams (IRS), Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander (NSA), Capt. Danelle Barrett (Dept of Navy), Shawn Donovan (HUD), Bajinder Paul (US Dept of Treasury), Sonny Bhagowalia (US Dept of the Interior), Jeffrey Levy (EPA), and Holly Ridgeway (Justice Department).

Mr. Kemp is an entrepreneurial executive with a passion for igniting innovation in high-tech organizations, with experience starting, funding, building, and selling technology businesses.

As Chief Information Officer at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, Mr. Kemp helped forge partnerships with Google and Microsoft and is responsible for NASA's Nebula Cloud Computing Platform. Prior to joining NASA, Mr. Kemp helped to create the third largest online community Classmates.com, leading web-based vacation rental platform Escapia, and the first online grocery shopping platform for Kroger, one of America's largest grocery store chains.

Mr. Kemp, 32, began his career at the age of 15 working at an Apple Computer store. While studying computer engineering in college, Kemp took an internship at Silicon Graphics Computer Systems. Kemp founded Netran, a company that launched the online grocery shopping service for Kroger.

In 1997, Macmillan published Kemp's book Web Programming with Perl 5.

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