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Mendenhall, Janice Kay

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Janice Kay Mendenhall
  • National Controller for the General Services Administration
  • Atlanta, Georgia Assistant Regional Director for GSA's Federal Technology Service, part of the Senior Executive Service
  • Responsible for managing information resources for Federal agencies in 8 states and overseeing a $260 million annual budget
  • Recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive for her creation of the FedLaw website
  • Advocate for women and minorities as part of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C
  • Namesake of the most prestigious award for a member of the IT community, The Janice K. Mendenhall Spirit of Leadership Award

Janice K. Mendenhall was born in June of 1946 and grew up in Wichita, KS. She received her Bachelor’s degree in French and Master’s degree in Political Science from the University Of Kansas where she also served as the Assistant to the Dean of Women. She joined the Government Services Agency in 1969 as a management intern and eventually went on to become the manager of the agency’s Federal Women’s Program. Mendenhall was a life-long government civil servant. Janice Mendenhall was known as a leader who focused her attention on mentoring and teaching other up-and-coming professionals. She worked relentlessly to strengthen relationships between government and industry personnel. Through her involvement, Mendenhall left behind a legacy of individuals who have grown professionally and personally. The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council continue to pay a tribute to herby recognizing an outstanding individual who embodies like qualities and professional aspirations as Mendenhall, this honor is named the Janice K. Mendenhall Spirit of Leadership Award.

Since 1983 Mendenhall had been assistant FTS administrator for GSA's eight-state Sunbelt Region. She was a member of the executive board of the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils, among many other professional associations. Mendenhall served as both Assistant Regional Administrator in the Federal Technology Service of the GSA in Atlanta Georgia, and as a part of the Senior Executive Service (SES), ES-5, a position she held from November, 1982 to July 23, 2001. She was responsible for managing information resources for Federal agencies in 8 states, for supervising 100 Federal employees, and for maintaining and overseeing a $260 million annual budget.

'She was a wonderful spirit,' said Alan Balutis, FGIPC's executive director and chief operating officer. 'She was a real force in terms of advocacy for the 70 percent to 80 percent of federal employees who work outside of Washington,' as well as championing women and minorities, he said.  Mendenhall did much for the community, 'often outside the limelight,' Balutis said. 'She did a lot of work behind the scenes' without regard to credit.’

Mendenhall nevertheless received many honors during her career, among them the GSA Meritorious Service Award in 1990, an agency honoree award from Government Computer News in 1991, GSA's Distinguished Service Award in 1994 and the Presidential Meritorious Service Rank Award in 1999.

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