Defense Industry and Cybersecurity Executives share success stories to honor Youth Achievements in Tech


BDPA-DC awardees for 2017 include (L-R) Brandon Craig, 2017 Member of the Year; Dr. Margaret Wood, President and CEO, WOOD Consulting Services, Inc., 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year; Ms. Elizabeth Lindsey, CEO of Byte Back, 2017 President’s Community Award; and Lieutenant General Robert S. Ferrell, U.S. Army (Retired), Vice President, Federal Strategy at World Wide Technology, Inc., 2017 BDPA-DC Lifetime Achievement Award.

WASHINGTON—Bowie State University co-hosted an annual awards gala for National BDPA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter (BDPA-DC) as industry and association members celebrated BDPA-DC’s 39th Anniversary and the 30th anniversary of BDPA Baltimore Chapter’s charter. This year’s Industry Keynote was provided by retired Navy Cryptologic Warfare Officer, Dr. Calvin Nobles, of Wells Fargo.

The event’s Industry sponsors and mission partners included the U.S. Air Force, Best Buy, Bowie State University, Connected2Tech, CSRA, D.C. Courts, Elegua Consulting, Inc., Howard University, JEF, Leidos, Lenvio, The Microsoft Store, U.S. Navy, R&K Cyber Solutions, Wells Fargo, WOOD Consulting Services, Inc., and World Wide Technology, Inc.

hscc+samsung_bdpadc2017Regional high school coders who were 2017 finalists for BDPA-DC’s High School Computer Competition (HSCC) team, received Samsung Galaxy tablets from BDPA-DC and Best Buy, one of the team’s sponsors.


Regional college and high school students from Joint Educational Facilities (JEF) are  IT Showcase participants.  These BDPA Student Members are working on Data Science and “Smart Cities” projects with Bowie State University during their next two semesters.

The annual regional Technology & Community Awards Gala was held on Saturday, November 18th, 2017 in the University’s new Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Nursing.  The year 2018 marks the 40th “XL” Anniversary of National BDPA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter (

BDPA-DC photos by Lynn Dunigan © 2017 bdpatoday

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Apple’s iPhone reaches 10-year Milestone

Apple CEO Tim Cook:
‘… the best is yet to come’

Cupertino, CA—January 9 marks the tenth anniversary of iPhone’s blockbuster debut. At Macworld 2007 in San Francisco, Steve Jobs introduced the world to iPhone as three products in one — “a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone and a breakthrough internet communications device.” In the ten years since, iPhone has enriched the lives of people around the world with over one billion units sold. It quickly grew into a revolutionary platform for hardware, software and services integration, and inspired new products, including iPad and Apple Watch, along with millions of apps that have become essential to people’s daily lives.
The late Steve Jobs announcing the first iPhone,  January 9, 2007 
“iPhone is an essential part of our customers’ lives, and today more than ever it is redefining the way we communicate, entertain, work and live,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come.”
“It is amazing that from the very first iPhone through to today’s newest iPhone 7 Plus, it has remained the gold standard by which all other smartphones are judged. For many of us, iPhone has become the most essential device in our lives and we love it,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone is how we make voice and FaceTime calls, how we shoot and share Live Photos and 4K videos, how we listen to streaming music, how we use social media, how we play games, how we get directions and find new places, how we pay for things, how we surf the web, do email, manage our contacts and calendars, how we listen to podcasts, watch TV, movies and sports, and how we manage our fitness and health. iPhone has become all of these things and more. And I believe we are just getting started.”


iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Innovations

  • The world’s most popular camera is even better with a 12-megapixel lens, optical image stabilization, an f/1.8 aperture that captures 50 percent more light as well as wide color capture, all allowing for more vibrant colors with more detail even in low light, while iPhone 7 Plus also offers a dual-lens camera with Portrait mode and up to 2X optical zoom.
  • The A10 Fusion chip is the most powerful chip ever in a smartphone, with processing performance 120 times faster and the graphics performance 240 times faster in iPhone 7 than the original iPhone.
  • Stereo speakers provide amazing and immersive sound that is two times louder than iPhone 6s, with increased dynamic range of sound and a higher-quality speakerphone.
  • An entirely reengineered enclosure resulting in the first water-resistant iPhone that offers protection against spills, splashes and dust like never before.
  • The brightest, most colorful Retina HD display ever in an iPhone, with a wide color gamut for cinema-standard colors, greater color saturation and the best color management in the smartphone industry.
iOS 10 was the biggest iOS release ever, with innovations including:
  • bringing the power of the App Store to Messages;
  • a Memories feature in Photos;
  • SiriKit for developers so apps can talk to Siri;
  • a new Home app that allows users to easily and securely set up, manage and control their home all in one place;
  • an improved Maps app that is even simpler and more intuitive to use;
  • greater clarity and simplicity to every aspect of the Apple Music experience; and
  • support for breaking news notifications and paid subscriptions in the News app.
by Apple, Inc. and Chance Miller,

Former HUD and Education Department CIO receives Lifetime Achievement Award


Industry Icons and Community Volunteers honored by local BDPA Chapters

WASHINGTON — During an annual community and technology awards ceremony, Jerry Williams (left)  receives an industry Lifetime Achievement Award from National BDPA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter (BDPA-DC).    The chapter is celebrating its 37th year advancing technical careers in underserved communities  ‘from the classroom to the boardroom.’

Mr. Williams, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ryan Consulting Group, is the former Chief Information Officer at the Department of Education Federal Student Aid.  His Federal career is distinguished by over 31 years of federal service enabling mission capability and readiness throughout the Federal space in an innovative and secure manner. Mr. Williams is a recipient of the Federal 100 award, which honors individuals from government, industry, and academia whose ideas and accomplishments had the greatest impact in shaping the missions, solutions, and results achieved by the government information technology community. Mr. Williams has served as a member of Industry Advisory Council’s (IAC).

Mr. Williams was a member of the Senior Executive Service and has served as the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Deputy Chief Information Officer/Acting Chief Information Officer, Department of the Interior; Director of Financial Management, Director of National Intelligence; Deputy Chief Information Officer and Acting Chief Information Officer of the Department of Agriculture, Chief Information Officer, Small Business Administration; Chief Federal Financial System, Executive Office of the President Office of Management and Budget.  Mr. Williams has over 31 years of experience in public sector Financial Management and Information Technology.

Serving over 10 years at the Senior Executive Service (SES) level and the Senior National Intelligence Service levels (SNIS).  Mr. Williams has a strong background in performance/change management, implementation of GPRA objectives, independent assessment, planning, analysis, design and implementation of enterprise-level administrative and financial management systems, for Federal agencies.   Mr. Williams has authored and implemented the current Federal Financial Line of Business for Federal Financial Systems, Federal Payroll Consolidation and has served on the Obama Administration Federal Financial Systems Advisory Board (FSAB).  Mr. Williams’ possess extensive experience managing and participating in all phases of the system development lifecycle and structured information engineering, to include, strategic planning, architectural analysis, information technology oversight and assessment, requirements definition and analysis, system design, implementation, data modeling, testing, data conversion, business process reengineering, system documentation and training, and configuration management.

Mr. Williams also possess in depth knowledge of Federal Financial management requirements, including the relevant Office of Management and Budget Circulars, Federal Systems Integration Office (FSIO) financial systems requirements, Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board statements, and Department of Treasury guidelines and regulations.  I also possess an in-depth knowledge of Federal Information Technology statutory and regulatory requirements including Clinger Cohen, FISCAM and FISMA.

The president of Ryan Consulting Group is R. Keith Harding. Mr. Harding, former President of BDPA’s Indianapolis, IN Chapter, is an established and well respected IT industry veteran and one of the founders of RYAN Consulting Group, Inc.


U.S. Navy Celebrates 240 Years

BDPA Student Members launch high-tech careers with America’s Navy

Durham, NC —Ensign Raven Stevenson becomes National BDPA’s first High School Computer Competition (HSCC) alumna to receive a Commission in the United States Navy and U.S. Armed Forces. Her “First Salute” was captured live during Naval ROTC Commissioning ceremonies for the Class of 2013 at Duke University.

“First Salutes” are long standing traditions requiring newly commissioned officers to give silver dollars to recipients of their very first salute showing respect for those superior enlisted personnel who helped the new officer achieve commissioned status.


Annapolis, MD —Ensign David Parker BDPA Student Member, received his commission as a Navy Officer from the United States Naval Academy on Friday, May 22, 2015. Vice President Joseph Biden presented keynote remarks during graduation ceremonies to new Navy Ensigns and Marine Second Lieutenants at Navy Marine Corps Stadium. Ensign Parker is launching his new career with the U.S. Navy’s ‘Silent Service’ — submarines.

National BDPA Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Washington – National BDPA, formerly known as Black Data Processing Associates, celebrated 40 years of community service and technology inclusion programs during the organization’s national technology conference recently held in Washington, D.C.
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