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.
In building MyMedicare.gov, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services addressed an increasingly tech-savvy population and a mandate to cut costs.
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.
MyMedicare.gov's update has bumped the site into the top 25 percent of worldwide websites, but there are more changes to come.
CDC's Vaccine Tracking System will integrate all the pieces of the vaccine supply chain, from the purchase of vaccine from manufacturers to the final distribution of the vaccine to health providers.
With a tight timeline, the CDC turned to a virtual environment to keep the launch of its Vaccine Tracking System on schedule.
The General Services Administration migrated its increasingly mobile 17,000 e-mail users from an aging and outdated system to the secure, cloud-based and collaborative Google Apps for Government platform.
Homeland Security Department CIO Richard Spires works to make progress on four key areas of IT.
Van Hitch, former CIO of the Justice Department, faced the formidable task of improving information-sharing capability in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
An Army satcom team worked feverishly to supply extra satellite capacity for logistics troops whose bandwidth had been squeezed by the 2010 troop surge in Afghanistan.
Boston's Citizen Connect program gives residents the power to report problems and to check on fixes -- all from an Android or iPhone smart phone.
A tiger team made up of personnel from the Communications Automated Information System Interface network met the urgent communications needs of the 401st Army Field Support Brigade.
Citizen Connect is one of the projects in a larger effort to work with civic entrepreneurs and explore new technologies to address urban issues.