WASHINGTON - Citing his contributions to homeland security Patrick Schambach Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Chief Information Officer has been awarded the "Eagle Award" by Federal Computer Week magazine.
The "Eagle Award" is presented to a person in government who makes an outstanding contribution to federal information technology. Schambach was recognized for his efforts in creating the IT infrastructure for TSA agency and its operations in 429 commercial airports.
The information technology network included computers internet connections phone lines fax lines cellular telephones and pagers for management staff and headquarters. Rapid implementation was critical as TSA successfully enhanced aviation security in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedies.
"Pat Schambach and his team are an example of the type of high-caliber personnel that joined TSA to help fight the war on terrorism " said Adm. James Loy TSA Administrator. "The IT team is essential for the ability to communicate vital threat and security information to the field where it is used to protect the homeland."
"Pat exemplifies the management style here at TSA in which the words 'impossible ' 'never ' and 'cannot be done' are not part of the vocabulary " said Loy.
TSA working with its IT contractor Unisys was able to create from scratch a highly advanced and efficient means of communication which Loy said was vital to protection of the homeland.
"When I accepted the award I accepted it not for me personally but on behalf of my team " said Schambach. "This award represents all the hard work and sacrifices made over the past year by TSA personnel to achieve our essential objective. I share this award with all of TSA the shoulders of the 'giants' on which I stand."
Another TSA employee was also recognized for her work by Federal Computer Week. Meg Dake received one of the Federal 100 awards for her contribution in "acquiring information technology."
Each year at its Annual Federal 100 Gala Federal Computer Week presents an award to two individuals - one from government and one from industry - who made outstanding contributions to federal information technology the prior year. This year the event was held on March 24 2003.
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