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Editor's Desk'commentary

GCN Editor in Chief
Wyatt Kash

GCN

THE GOVERNMENT'S approach to information technology projects has rarely been a model of success. The landscape is littered with costly IT projects that came to grief because of mismanagement and turnover. Even well-conceived projects suffer from such long lead times that systems are often antiquated before they're completed.

However, there are many exceptions in which federal IT teams delivered projects with inspiring results. Projects by NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Energy Department's supercomputing labs and a number of other agencies come to mind.

A significant number of major IT initiatives are implemented each year that might not make headlines but nonetheless represent significant accomplishments and help advance the work of government agencies.

For the past 20 years, Government Computer News has sought to identify and spotlight those kinds of IT projects ' and the teams that brought them to fruition ' through the GCN Awards.

The GCN Awards recognize extraordinary work by government agency IT teams whose accomplishments or innovative use of technology during the past year have made significant contributions to the performance of their agencies or the services they provide.

GCN is now inviting our readers to submit their nominations for this year's GCN Awards.

The awards program is open to federal, state and local government agencies. Specifically, we look for how the recent application of IT has:
  • Provided substantial improvement in government-to-citizen, government- to-business or government-to-government transactions, services or processes.
  • Provided substantial improvement in the efficiency or effectiveness of a department, agency or bureau in fulfilling its mission.
  • Solved a significant or long-standing problem and helped advance an agency's work.

We also look for innovation and risk-taking. Did the team automate processes or find new solutions? And we look for agency leadership. Does the work reflect the leadership of agency IT personnel working with suppliers, or is it primarily the work of outside providers?

Nominations are due by Monday, July 14. The awards will be presented at the Oct. 22 GCN Awards Gala in Washington, and winning agencies will be profiled in GCN's Oct. 20 issue.

If your IT team accomplished something significant during the past year, let us know. For more information and a nomination form, click here.

About the Author

Wyatt Kash served as chief editor of GCN (October 2004 to August 2010) and also of Defense Systems (January 2009 to August 2010). He currently serves as Content Director and Editor at Large of 1105 Media.

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