2011 GCN Awards
The 24th annual Government Computer News Awards recognized teamwork, public service and the important contributions of the younger generation in improving the quality of systems and services in the public sector.
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All of the 2011 GCN Award winners, profiles and agencies highlighted this year are below.
TSA credits the ability to keep Secure Flight's overall costs down and ahead of schedule with the use of commercial off-the-shelf software.
The Transportation Security Administration took over the program to create an airline passenger watchlist and created a system with ultra-high availability, no single points of failure and trusted privacy protections.
Once a beneficiary logs onto Tricare Online, accessing medical records is as simple as clicking on the Blue Button to view medication lists, allergies and lab results.
The Blue Button was added in a major update to Tricare Online, the Defense Department's online gateway to military health care services, and now offers myriad benefits from accessing medications to scheduling doctor visits.
Revamping its consular affairs systems gave the State Department the IT prowess to manage a surge of 2 million visa and passport requests a month.
Making equations digital objects rather than images on the Web required a new set of tools, which NIST has helped to create.
NIST will unveil the public draft of the government's Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap; give progress reports on security and open-standard initiatives.
Updating the best-selling "Handbook of Mathematical Functions" for the Web required creation of new tools for math-oriented authoring and searching.
Biometrics could provide a way to automate visitor exits from the United States and identify with more certainty who remains in the country.
MyMedicare.gov's update has bumped the site into the top 25 percent of worldwide websites, but there are more changes to come.
The IRS' Modernized e-File system consolidates business e-returns and individual electronic filings from tax preparation services into a single system, saving an estimated $128.1 million in processing as well as an additional $35.7 million in paper storage costs.
In testing e-File, the IRS' biggest challenge was to create a test comparable to peak tax season performance.