Chief of IBC's Finance and Procurement Systems Division Recognized with the Distinguished Service Award
On July 24, 2014, Bobby Smith, chief of IBC’s Finance and Procurement Systems division, was recognized for his tireless efforts and contributions, collaborative style, and commitment to excellence. The Distinguished Service Award is the highest level honor award granted by the Department. Recipients must have demonstrated extremely significant long-term contributions to Departmental programs and missions. These awards are signed by the Secretary of the Interior.
Bobby Smith’s career has been characterized by his leadership, resourcefulness, innovation, and driving support of the Financial Management Line of Business throughout the federal government. Using innovative technical knowledge, he led the development and deployment of numerous financial, procurement, and business systems. Bobby Smith’s direct leadership resulted in the first federal organization to receive the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program Certification.
Bobby initiated and played a key role in the Financial and Business Management System for the Department of the Interior to retire multiple legacy systems with yearly maintenance costs of more than $24 million, and led the efforts to implement and subsequently support over 95 federal agencies on a multitude of systems valued at $38 million.
He was instrumental in helping the Interior Business Center obtain the federal shared services accreditation by the Department of Treasury and Office of Management and Budget to lead the administration's efforts to use shared services for financial management system modernization across the government.
Bobby’s in-depth knowledge and expertise enabled him to assist federal agencies in reducing the risk of system implementations, allowing for less expensive technological innovations, and still meet government-wide requirements.
He was recognized for his effective leadership, as illustrated by his credible approaches to system management, understanding of the regulations governing financial processes, and proficiency in communicating information technology issues to diverse groups of stakeholders. Bobby Smith served in countless management positions supporting all aspects of system management, and continually demonstrates his endless passion for motivating and mentoring employees to perform at their peak.