On this day, the 'E' in e-gov stands for excellence

Government and industry officials gathered this month at a Washington lunch to honor agencies that received Excellence.gov Awards for their e-government systems.

The Industry Advisory Council and the American Council for Technology have bestowed the awards for five years. An IAC and ACT panel of government and industry judges chose 25 finalists, who all received honors, out of 80 entries and picked five programs that demonstrated the best e-government practices.
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The top five winners were:
  • The Education Department for its Free Application for Federal Student Aid, an online site that lets more than 10 million students apply for $60 billion in financial aid.

  • The Food and Drug Administration for its FDA Industry Systems, a global extranet that food facilities use to register and provide advance notice of food imports to regulatory personnel.

  • The Office of Personnel Management for E-Training, a portal that agencies can use to share content and connect e-learning programs.

  • The Patent and Trademark Office for the Trademark Electronic Applications System that accepts trademark applications electronically. Today, 73 percent of applications are filed online, compared to 8 percent in 2000.

  • The Postal Service for its Online Customer Self-Service that lets users print postage-paid labels. Users have printed more than 6.2 million labels worth more than $125 million.

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Navy CIO David Wennergren begins the festivities at the Excellence.gov awards lunch to honor federal e-gov projects.

IAC chairman Bob Woods, left, with Capt. Lateef Hynson, Pamela de Guia and Sandra Ross, who accepted a finalist honor for the Defense Department's EMall team.

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