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Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership

2018 Roger Jones Award Winners, Nominators and Key Director

Since 1978, the Roger W. Jones Award has annually recognized two federal career executives of the Senior Executive Service who have demonstrated superior leadership in achieving their agency's mission and developing future managers.

Recipients of the Roger W. Jones Award will be honored in a special ceremony at American University in the fall and receive a $2,500 cash award.

Important information about the 2019-2020 Roger Jones Award Nomination Process and Ceremony

The Roger Jones Award nomination process will now be longer with the nomination applications due on February 3, 2020 and the award ceremony to be held in June 2020, with the exact date and time to be confirmed at a later date.  The application requirements will be the same as previous years. 

Please check back in the coming months for new updates! For questions or more information, please email Jennifer Tether at

2018 Awardees

Anthony P. Scardino
Chief Financial Officer
United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce

Donald F. McCormack
Executive Director of the Naval Surface Warfare Center and Naval Undersea Warfare Center
Naval Sea Systems Command, Department of the Navy


Andrei Iancu
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director
United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce

Jim Smerchansky
Executive Director
Naval Sea Systems Command, Department of the Navy

Special Guest

Roger C. Jones, Grandson to Roger W. Jones
Founding Partner and Managing Director
Huddles Jones Sorteberg & Dachille, P.C.

42nd Annual Roger W. Jones Award Ceremony

June 2020
More information coming soon!

Discounts available for Key & SPA students, alumni, staff, and faculty. Please email for more details.

Meet the 2018 Awardees and Nominators

Anthony P. Scardino, United States Patent and Trademark Office 2018 Roger W. Jones Awardee

Anthony (Tony) Scardino is currently the Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Acting Deputy Director for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, he serves as the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all Agency operations and managing close to 13,000 employees. Prior to this recent change in responsibilities, he served as the Chief Financial Officer at USPTO and the principal advisor to the USPTO Director in leading and improving the financial management, accounting, budgeting, fee setting, revenue forecasting, and organizational performance systems of the agency. In this role, Tony oversees an annual budget that exceeds $3 billion.
Prior to USPTO, Tony served in several leadership positions at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including acting CFO, acting Deputy CFO, and the Budget Director. In these capacities, he oversaw an annual budget of more than $45 billion, serving as a key advisor to the Secretary of HUD and acting as a principal liaison with congressional appropriators and the White House Office of Management and Budget.

His prior federal experience includes time at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Election Commission, and Broadcasting Board of Governors, where he successfully implemented a new accounting and payroll system in a fiscally-constrained environment. Additionally, Tony has spent time with two consulting firms, supporting federal finance challenges, and served as the Deputy CFO at a federally funded grantee of the US Government.

In 2014, Tony was the recipient of the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award—an award given annually by the President to no more than 5 percent of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service in recognition of “sustained extraordinary accomplishment” throughout their executive tenure. He was also the recipient of the Frank Greathouse National Leadership Award in 2017, given by the Association of Government Accountants. Tony was also elected as a lifelong Fellow into the National Academy of Public Administration in November 2017.

Donald F. McCormack, Naval Sea Systems Command 2018 Roger W. Jones Awardee

Donald F. McCormack, a member of the Senior Executive Service since September 2001, is the Executive Director (ED) for Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), both Echelon III commands within Naval Sea Systems Command. In this position, Mr. McCormack is responsible for leading more than 20,000 civilian scientists, engineers, technicians and support personnel within nine divisions located across the country to perform research, development, test, and evaluation for the future Navy, and to provide in-service engineering and logistics support for the operating fleet.

Prior to being named ED in March 2014, Mr. McCormack held the position of Technical Director (TD) for NUWC since November 2004 and performed additional duties as Acting TD for NSWC since April 2012.

During his career, Mr. McCormack has been the recipient of many awards for outstanding performance, receiving the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award in 2010 and the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 2005. In July 1998, he received a Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his technical excellence while assigned to the NAVSEA Submarine Technology Office. In August 2001, he received his second Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his management excellence while serving as the acting Deputy Program Manager at PMS404. Mr. McCormack was the recipient of the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award in 2008. That same year, he received the Society of Women Engineers’ Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award and the Rhode Island Federal Executive Council’s Bud Gifford Leadership Award. He received the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Alumni Association Achievement Award in 2012.

Andrei Iancu United States Patent and Trademark Office 2018 Roger W. Jones Nominator (Scardino)

In his role as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Andrei Iancu provides leadership and oversight to one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world, with more than 12,000 employees and an annual budget of over $3 billion. He also serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international intellectual property policy matters.

Prior to joining the USPTO, Mr. Iancu was the Managing Partner at Irell & Manella LLP, where his practice focused on intellectual property litigation. Mr. Iancu appeared in a variety of high-profile matters in front of the USPTO, U.S. district courts, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. International Trade Commission. He has represented clients across the technical and scientific spectra, including those associated with medical devices, genetic testing, therapeutics, the internet, telephony, TV broadcasting, video game systems, and computer peripherals.

Mr. Iancu has also taught patent law at the UCLA School of Law, and has written and spoken publicly on a variety of intellectual property issues. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Iancu was an engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company.
Throughout his career, many organizations have recognized Mr. Iancu for his work. Among his legal community accolades, the Daily Journal, California Lawyer magazine, Los Angeles Business Journal, Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and many others have acknowledged his expertise in commercial litigation and intellectual property law. Mr. Iancu has also been the recipient of the Patent and Trademark Office Society 36th Annual Rossman Award, the Hughes Aircraft Malcolm R. Currie Innovation Award, and the Melville B. Nimmer Copyright Award.

Mr. Iancu holds a Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law. He also has a Master of Science in mechanical engineering and a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering, both from UCLA.

Mr. Iancu was born in Bucharest, Romania. He has lived in the United States since the age of 12. He and his wife, Dr. Luiza C. Iancu, have two children, Ariella and Robert.

Jim Smerchansky, Naval Sea Systems Command 2018 Roger W. Jones Nominator (McCormack)

Mr. James Smerchansky was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in August 2006 and is currently the Executive Director of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). As NAVSEA’s senior civilian, Mr. Smerchansky leads and directs daily business operations for a command comprised of more than 72,000 military and civilian personnel responsible for the technical authority, development, acquisition, and lifecycle support of U.S. Navy Ships and Integrated Warfare Systems. Mr. Smerchansky’s duties also include development and execution of NAVSEA’s long-term business strategies.

Prior to coming to NAVSEA, Mr. Smerchansky served as the Executive Director, Marine Corps Systems Command from 2014 to 2016. In this position, he was the senior civilian official responsible for leading and directing daily business operations for the command. From 2009-2014, Mr. Smerchansky served as Chief Engineer of the Marine Corps and Deputy Commander, Systems Engineering, Interoperability, Architectures and Technology leading Marine Air Ground Task Force systems engineering and integration efforts and ensuring Marine Corps systems interoperate with coalition and Joint Forces. Prior to reporting to Marine Corps Systems Command, Mr. Smerchansky served as the Director for Above Water Sensor and the Director of Technology Development and Transition in Program Executive Officer, Integrated Warfare Systems.

Mr. Smerchansky began his career at the Naval Sea Combat Systems Engineering Station in Norfolk, Va., as an in-service engineer on Submarine Combat Systems. In 1989, he transferred to NAVSEA where he held various engineering and program management positions. From 2002 - 2004, Mr. Smerchansky was the science and technology advisor to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he assisted and advised the Commander in the identification of technologies having a critical impact on combat readiness.

Upon returning to Washington, D.C., in 2004, Mr. Smerchansky became the Deputy Executive Director for Undersea Technology at the Naval Sea Systems Command. He was responsible for identifying opportunities to merge evolving technologies into the development of ongoing or planned programs, and to assess and implement initiatives for applications of technological innovations into existing fleet operational platforms.

Mr. Smerchansky holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering from Youngstown State University and a Masters in engineering Management from Old Dominion University

Roger C. Jones Special Guest, Grandson to Roger W. Jones

Roger C. Jones is the founding partner and managing director of Huddles Jones Sorteberg & Dachille, P.C., which was established in 1995 and which continues to be recognized every year by U. S. News and World Report as one of America’s premier construction law firms. He has practiced construction and government contract law for over 33 years and represents a large number of clients in the Washington, Baltimore metropolitan areas as well as in numerous other cities throughout the U.S.

Mr. Jones has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America every year since 2003. He has also been nominated by his peers as a Maryland Super Lawyer for the past 7 years. In addition, Mr. Jones has received the recognition of being in the top 10% of America’s Most Honored Professionals every year since 2013. In 2017, Mr. Jones was featured in a book published by World Wide Publishing, entitled Top Lawyers: The Secrets to Their Success. In 2018, Mr. Jones was selected by Top Attorney’s in North America to be a member of their President’s Circle.

Mr. Jones has extensive experience in construction claims both internationally and in the United States. His career has involved cases relating to prestigious construction projects that include: The U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center, The U.S. Supreme Court Renovation, The Library of Congress Renovation, The New GSA ATF Headquarters Building, The National Zoo, The National Academy of Sciences Renovation, The National Museum of American History Renovation, The National Institute of Health Medical Building Renovation, The Johns Hopkins New Medical Center, The Johns Hopkins Bay View Medical Center, The VA Orlando Medical Center, Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA., The Miami Performing Arts Center, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, The Universal Islands of Adventure, The Charlotte Arena, The World Bank, The International Monetary Fund, Arlington Cemetery, The U.S. Pentagon Renovation, Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, Andrews Air Force Base, Fort Belvoir, Fort Meyers, Fort Meade, Fort Bragg, Fort Knox, Dulles Airport, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, DC Regan National Airport, and numerous Universities, Schools, Research Facilities, Office Buildings, Condominium Buildings, Hotels and Resorts.

Patricia Dalton

Patricia Dalton, Awardee
Chief Operating Officer
Government Accountability Office
United States Congress

As GAO’s Chief Operating Officer, Patricia Dalton assists the Comptroller General in providing leadership and vision. Her day-to-day management ensures that GAO effectively supports Congress. Pat oversees the development of nearly 700 reports and testimonies to Congress each year. These efforts provide critical information for decision making, save the taxpayers billions of dollars, and improve a wide range of government programs and services.

From 2008 until 2011, Pat served as Managing Director of GAO’s Natural Resources and Environment team, heading work on agriculture and food safety, energy, environment, federal land stewardship, water resources, nuclear security, and science and technology issues. Previously, as Managing Director of the Physical Infrastructure team, she oversaw transportation, telecommunications, federal property, and Postal Service issues.
Pat joined GAO in 2001 as a Director in the Strategic Issues team, where she directed work on government management issues, particularly performance management and the Government Performance and Results Act, and organization structure and design. She also led work on the decennial census, the Census Bureau, intergovernmental relations, and tools of government.
Pat’s federal career began in 1979 as a program analyst at the Department of Labor. In 1993, she was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as the Director of Audit Policy, Planning and Resource Management for the U.S. Army Audit Agency. Pat returned to Labor in 1994 as Deputy Inspector General and served as Acting IG in 2000. Pat earned an undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and has received many of GAO’s top honors, including the Comptroller General’s Award.

Frances Regan

Frances Regan, Awardee
Area Counsel of the Office of Chief Counsel 
Internal Revenue Service 
Department of Treasury 

Since 2006 Frances F. Regan has served the Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel as the Area Counsel, Area 1, responsible for the supervision, management, and performance of all tax law activities within the Northeast for the Small Business/Self Employed Division. She has executive oversight of six offices with a staff of 65 managers, attorneys, and paralegals responsible for litigating cases in the U.S. Tax Court and providing legal assistance in examination, collection and bankruptcy matters to the IRS client. Ms. Regan joined the Office upon her graduation from St. John’s University School of Law in 1982.

Prior to her promotion to Area Counsel, Ms. Regan held various management positions in the organization since 1993. In her 24 years as a manager and executive she has been devoted to leadership training, participating in the design and instruction of management training and the implementation of executive development programs. She was instrumental in introducing a formal mentoring program for new managers and serves as a Treasury Executive Institute coach. Ms. Regan is also the Executive Champion of the Conservation Easement litigation project and the SB/SE liaison for the litigation of cases in the Intermediate Transactions project.

She serves on the Counsel/Appeals Advisory Board and supervises the maintenance of the SB/SE Counsel webpage. As an executive she received the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Service in 2011 and the Treasury Leadership Legacy Award in 2015. As a manager Ms. Regan was named the Office of Chief Counsel Manager of the Year in 1999. She is honored to be receiving the Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership tonight and thanks American University for this recognition.


  • Gene Dodaro (RJA Awardee 2009), Comptroller General of the United States, Government Accountability Office, United States Congress

  • Drita Tonuzi, Deputy Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, United States Department of Treasury

Nominators presented the award to their nominees and spoke about the work they have accomplished. Awardees also spoke upon receiving their award.

The selection process was one of great rigor and many rounds of review. It was an especially challenging year as all nominations submitted were superior. The final results had unanimous support, and it was the first time ever the Roger W. Jones Award was given to two women.

Keynote Speaker

Francis Rose delivered the 2017 Roger Jones Award Ceremony keynote speech.

Francis Rose

Francis Rose 
Government Matters host, Federal government expert, and speaker 

Francis Rose is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, speaker, writer, and host of Government Matters on Washington, DC's WJLA/ABC7 and NewsChannel 8. He has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He was host of "In Depth with Francis Rose" on Federal News Radio from 2008 to 2015 after joining the station in 2006. His guest list has included virtually every important name in the federal government.

Francis's first book, "The OPM Cyber Breach: An In Depth Look at the Worst Cyber Attack in Government History" is available on Amazon. Francis is highly sought-after as a speaker and moderator of high-profile events in the federal community. His 30-year broadcast career includes stops at America's leading broadcasters, including ABC Radio, CBS Radio, Westwood One, and C-SPAN.

News and talk radio trade magazine Talkers selected "In Depth with Francis Rose"for its list of the 250 most important talk shows in America in 2012.

Roger W. Jones Award Selection Committee 

Patrick Malone
Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs; Roger W. Jones Award Committee Chair, School of Public Affairs, American University

David S. C. Chu
President, Institute for Defense Analyses; Co-Chairman, Transition 2017, National Academy of Public Administration

Ed Deseve
Co-Chairman, Transition 2017, National Academy of Public Administration; Executive in Residence, Brookings Executive Education; former Special Adviser to the President

Mortimer Downey
President, Mort Downey Consulting, LLC; National Academy of Public Administration Fellow; former Deputy Secretary of U.S. Department of Transportation

Terry Gerton
President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration

Sallyanne Harper
President, Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Management; National Academy of Public Administration Fellow

David Mader
Civilian Sector Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte

Robert Tobias
Business Development, Key Executive Leadership Programs, School of Public Affairs