Agency officials have talked seemingly forever about such things as interagency cooperation, reuse of software and rapid development, but for much of that time they might as well have been talking about a perpetual motion machine or cold fusion. Often, those admirable ideas were canceled out by words and phrases such as silos, disparate systems and turf battles.
But slowly, steadily, those old barriers are being broken down, at least in part by government’s recent focus on open systems, transparency and use of Web-based tools.
Several of the winners of GCN’s Awards for Government IT Achievement produced impressive results within short deadlines. Several involved cross-agency cooperation on a huge, even unprecedented, scale. And they developed applications or services available to not only other agencies but in some cases the public at large.
The 10 agency winners and 10 honorable mentions honored with this year’s GCN Awards have combined that speed of development with innovation and effectiveness in delivering improved services to agency employees, other agencies and the public.
And GCN’s IT Executives of the Year, also highlighted in this issue, provide examples of how to lead effective programs — among other things, combining innovation with a healthy dose of pragmatism. Together, they all have shown how to use IT to make government work better.
The 2010 Agency Award WinnersUnited States Postal Service -- USPS Full Service Program
Health and Human Services Department -- Connect Program
Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board -- FederalReporting.gov
Federal Emergency Management Agency -- Disaster Assistance Improvement Program
Air Force; DDR&E Software Protection Initiative -- Lightweight Portable Security
Army – Biometric Identification System for Access
Army Transportation Information Systems, Product Director -- Unclassified Internet Protocol Router Network Globe Services
Health and Human Services Department and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services -- CMS DashboardBETA
U.S. Coast Guard -- Alert and Warning System 2.0
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- Geospatial Platform
The GCN Executives of the Year
Civilian Agency Executive of the Year
Roger Baker, Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Defense Agency Executive of the Year
Gary Winkler, Program Executive Officer, U.S. Army PEO-Enterprise Information Systems
Industry Executive of the Year
Bruce Klein, Senior Vice President, U.S. Public Sector Organization, Cisco
The Hall of Fame Awardee
John Garing, former Director of Strategic Planning and Information, Defense
The 2010 Agency Award Honorable Mentions
The Aerospace Data Facility - Colorado -- Desktop Optimization Program
Defense and Veterans Affairs departments -- Healthcare Data Synchronization Program
Energy Department -- National Nuclear Security – Enterprise Secure Network
Energy Department -- Implementing Virtualization to Reduce Carbon Footprint
U.S. Geological Survey -- new NBII search engine (Raptor)
Transportation Department and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- Cash for Clunkers CARS System
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Beneficiary Portal, MyMedicare.gov
Bureau of Indian Affairs -- Improving Citizen Services with Enterprise 2.0
San Joaquin County, California -- Service Enabled Integrated Justice System
Regional Information Sharing Systems, Office of Information Technology – RISSNet