Recognizing the contributions of a long-time homeland security official

Friday - 1/17/2014, 2:16pm EST

The start of a new year always is one of the most popular times for federal employees to retire or leave government. GSA, for example, is one of many agencies feeling the impact of senior officials exiting to other agencies or the private sector.

But one person who flew under the radar for much of his career, but should get some recognition recently called it a career.

Charlie Bartoldus retired after almost 35 years in government, including the last year working on detail at the White House's National Security Staff. With the White House, chief among his focus areas was the collaboration with Kshemendra Paul, the program manager for the Information Sharing Environment, on the National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding Implementation Plan.

Bartoldus is one of those smart, hardworking career feds who stays out of the limelight, but gets the job done, and too often is not recognized for their contributions.

Before coming to the White House as senior director for transportation and border security, Bartoldus was the deputy assistant secretary for resilience in DHS' Office of Policy, where he oversaw the development and implementation of disaster planning policies.

He also spent time as the homeland security attaché to the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland for DHS from 2009 to 2012 and was the senior director in the DHS Screening Coordination Office.

Over his career his work has been recognized with the DHS Silver Star for Meritorious Service, the Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Award and the Vice President's National Performance Review Hammer Award.

Too often, federal employees such as Bartoldus, are overlooked for their contributions, advice and experience, and that shouldn't be the case.

Do you know someone like Bartoldus that should be recognized for their long- time contributions? Let me know: jmiller@federalnewsradio.com.


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OUT&ABOUT: Next week is a bit slow with Congress out of session, but there are a few events that you shouldn't miss. AFCEA DC hosts its monthly lunch Tuesday featuring a panel of Defense Information Systems Agency IT and acquisition officials, including Dave Mihelcic, CTO, and Dave Bennett, CIO. The Federal Mobile Computing Summit takes place Wednesday in Washington featuring Margie Graves, DHS deputy CIO and Rick Holgate, CIO of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, discussing version 2 of the federal mobile strategy. I'll be moderating a panel in the afternoon on mobile integration with Walter Bigelow from ATF, Greg Capella, from DHS, Jerome Davin, from Agriculture, and James Miller, from the FCC. Also on Wednesday is the quarterly meeting of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board, where members will begin developing their annual plan. On Thursday, the IT Innovation Forum hosts Data Innovation Day, where federal deputy CTO Nick Sinai and Eric Newburger, the assistant to the associate director of communications for the Census Bureau, are expected to speak.

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