Work is Something You Do, Not Somewhere You Go: The Case for Telework

November 16th, 2010 at 12:00PM

Work is something you do, not someplace you go. Federal Agencies are looking at Telework as a way to lower the cost of government, attract and retain top talent, enable emergency readiness plans, lower their carbon footprint, and take advantage of technology improvements to work more efficiently.

The current administration recognizes the opportunity to leverage telework to solve some of the government’s greatest challenges, and has long championed the economic and social benefits of telework expansion.

FedsTelework, a FedScoop production, is pleased to bring you a panel discussion with Government IT leaders including Bill Piatt from GSA and Pamela Budda from DOD to discuss telework solutions in the federal government.


Nigel Ballard – Director Federal Marketing, Intel
Christina Morrison – Manager, Government Marketing, Hewlett-Packard, Personal Systems Group
Susie Adams – Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Federal

Pam Budda – Program Manager,Work/Life Programs and Telework Coordinator, Department of Defense Civilian Personnel Management Service
Bill Piatt – Special Advisor to the Administrator of the General Services Administration

Moderator: Chris Dorobek

About the Panel:

Nigel Ballard
Director Federal Marketing
Nigel is Intel’s Director of Federal Marketing and the Business Online Council Co-Chair for Intel Americas. He is also on the Board of Advisors to FedScoop and is on the GOV 2.0 Expo Advisory Board. Originally from the United Kingdom, he now lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.

He was awarded the Homeland Defense Journal’s top award in 2006 for his wireless technology and leadership skills during the Katrina disaster. He was also named one of America’s top 100 technology leaders by Federal Computer Weekly.

Prior to joining Intel, Nigel spent twenty years in the wireless arena, consulting with Fortune 100 companies on wireless investments and consumer product marketing. He authored the wireless framework for Portland’s citywide network cloud RFP. Nigel worked on the development and feature design of the Palm Pilot for Donna Dubinsky and went on to work with Sony Japan on handheld communicators. Before moving to the USA in 2000, he managed Bluetooth globally for Cap Gemini.

His career passions are delivering innovative and integrated marketing campaigns, Workforce Mobility, Social Media and following the consumer zeitgeist. He owns many musical instruments yet cannot play any of them!

Christina Morrison
Manager, Government Marketing<
Personal Systems Group

For the past 15 years, Christina Morrison has created, led and managed successful government communications programs and teams for high-technology companies. She currently leads government marketing efforts for Hewlett-Packard’s Personal Systems Group, driving core initiatives such as telework, social media and Green IT. As a teleworker herself, Christina serves as an active telework champion for the public sector, advocating the secure use of personal technologies to safely enable telework initiatives. Christina actively participates in a variety of social media communities to offer insight into the technology trends and issues that impact government. Prior to her position at Hewlett-Packard, she served as Government Marketing Director at NCR Government Systems, and then moved to Teradata Corporation, where she was responsible for worldwide marketing and public relations to federal, state and local governments. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Towson University. Christina is proud to be from New Jersey and currently lives in Northern Virginia, where she enjoys cooking, fitness activities and spending time with her husband and two boys.

Susie Adams
Chief Technology Officer
Microsoft Federal

Susie Adams is the Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Federal’s Civilian business. She has over 25 years experience in IT and Computer Science and has held numerous leadership positions at Microsoft as well as several Washington area IT consulting organizations. In her present role she is responsible for managing all technical planning and IT decisions for a $600 million dollar business. Susie is noted for her leadership in starting up Microsoft’s Technology Center for the Washington DC region and is an accomplished author on the topics of IT Integration and Web development. Her most recent a book is on the development of Office Business Applications. Susie is a graduate George Mason University.

Pam Budda
Program Manager
Work/Life Programs
Telework Coordinator
Department of Defense Civilian Personnel Management Service

Pamela Budda is the Policy Program Manager for Work/Life Programs and Telework Coordinator for the Department of Defense Civilian Personnel Management Service. Prior to joining the DoD staff, Ms. Budda was responsible for policy and implementation of work/life and telework programs at the Department of Labor (DOL). Preceding her time at DOL, Ms. Budda enjoyed a diverse career with the Department of the Army where she implemented the Army Substance Abuse Program for the Army Installation Management Command; served as Employee Assistance Program and Family Support Program Manager at the U. S. Army Materiel Command; and as Family Support Director and Army Substance Abuse Program Manager for the U.S. Army Garrison-Grafenwoehr, Germany. Ms. Budda was also a Work/Life Program specialist at OPM and remains actively engaged in OPM interagency working groups.

Ms. Budda received a BS Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters Degree in Education from Boston University. She completed four years of active Army service as a Behavioral Science Specialist.

Bill Piatt
Special Advisor to the Administrator of the General Services Administration

Bill Piatt serves as Special Advisor to the Administrator of the General Services Administration. In this role he leads an initiative to accelerate a broad-based, Agency-wide adoption of Collaboration tools and Telework. Previously, he was the Deputy Associate Administrator for Technology Policy in the Office of Government-wide Policy. In this role he was responsible for developing and issuing policy guidance on government-wide IT Strategy, enterprise architecture & information security. This included operation of the dot-gov domain authority, federated identity management, integrated acquisition environment and other government-wide applications.

He has had a long career in both information technology and international development, in both the public and private sectors. His background includes CIO positions at IFC, GSA & the Peace Corps. He held senior management positions at CGI, Unisys and the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. Additionally, he served as Peace Corps Country Director in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Togo.

He directly led the team that created the USG’s first government-wide eGov portal, now called He introduced the widespread application of Internet technologies to the teaching of English & Environmental studies in the Czech Republic & Slovakia. He has consulted on government eStrategy development for countries as diverse as South Korea, Indonesia & Canada. He also led the implementation team for one of USAID’s largest private sector development initiatives, covering 26 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

He holds an MBA from Duke University, a BA from the Univeristy of Memphis and a CIO Certificate from the National Defense University.

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