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The Federal 100 Awards is the original and most prestigious awards program celebrating federal IT professionals. Some of the honorees have a track record for success. Others are up-and-comers who charted new territory and proved what can be accomplished in the future. How have these government and industry experts changed the game? Tune in to this special installment of GovExec TV to hear from some of the Fed 100 award winners – about their innovative projects, lessons learned, and how they’re leveraging technology to deliver on critical government missions.

Episode 1: On-Demand Now

Robert J. Costello

Cyber defense strategist. As chief information officer for the nation's cyber defense agency,
Costello has spearheaded efforts to develop and support cutting-edge technology solutions
that are establishing new standards for innovation and security across the federal
government. Costello is setting the pace for agencies on initiatives like zero trust while
undertaking new projects like the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative, where thousands of
public and private partners gather and share information about security risks. His work has
also increased efficiencies, such as enabling CISA to rapidly hire sought-after staff and
developing enterprise-class systems to replace legacy applications for core business

Laura J. Stanton

Modernization mastermind. With a portfolio last year that extended over 6,000 contracts and more than $32 billion in federal IT spending, Stanton has continued to position her team at the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service as the government's go-to experts on smart IT buying. Stanton has overseen the federal government's transition to the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions program, one of the most significant governmentwide modernization efforts for the government's telecommunications and network infrastructure in modern history, all while assisting in the Biden administration's push to secure federal networks and modernize the government's digital infrastructure.

Panel Discussion

An Interview with Ken Folderauer, as Vice President, Comcast Business and Jim Westdorp, Ciena


Robert J. Costello, Chief Information Officer, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Laura J. Stanton, Assistant Commissioner for the Information Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration

Ken Folderauer, Vice President, Comcast Business

Jim Westdorp, Chief Technologist, Ciena Government Solutions

George Jackson, Vice President, Events, GovExec