2008 GCN AWARDS

10 project teams and 5 leaders whose vision, persistence and innovation put the best available technologies to work in government.

In addition to the senior editorial staff of Government Computer News, the following people formed our panel of judges for the 2008 GCN Awards:

MICHAEL DACONTA, Chief Technology Officer, Accelerated Information Management LLC; Former metadata program manager, Homeland Security Department

ELIZABETH MCDANIEL, Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs, Information Resources Management College, National Defense University

ALAN PALLER, Director of Research, SANS Institute

PETER TSERONIS, Senior Technical Adviser, Energy Department

TIM YOUNG, Deputy Administrator, Office of E-Government and Information Technology, Office of Management and Budget

Government Computer News is honoring 10 government agencies and five executives whose information technology initiatives are being recognized as the best of 2008.

The GCN Awards embody one of the most sought after and respected accolades in government IT, and GCN's fall awards gala attracts a perennial 'Who's Who' across government and industry. Now in their 21st year, the GCN Awards recognize federal, state and local government for extraordinary IT accomplishments and significant contributions to the performance of their agencies.

"Government IT remains a huge and vital market. The annual GCN Awards honor innovation and exemplary efforts to use IT to better serve the public and improve agency performance,' said GCN Editor in Chief Wyatt Kash. 'This year's agency winners become part of a tradition of excellence and service. We applaud
them and their continued dedication to serving the public sector.'

The 2008 GCN agency award winners are:

Alabama Department of Homeland Security

Virtual Alabama

General Services Administration

The Office of Acquisition Systems' Integrated Acquisition Environment

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Intelligence Community Enterprise Solutions

Air Force Material Command, Robins Air Force Base

Air Force Global Enterprise Tracking System

Agriculture Department

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's PhytosanitaryCertificate Issuance and Tracking system

Health and Human Services Department

Information Collection Request, Review and Approval System

Housing and Urban Develoment Department

National Housing Locator System

Labor Department

GovBenefits.gov

Environmental Protection Agency

GeoData Gateway and EPA Metadata Editor

Navy

Navy Enterprise Resource Planning Program

 

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

GCN Hall of Fame

Karen Evans, administrator for e-government and information technology atthe Office of Management and Budget

GCN Hall of Fame

Charles Croom, former director of the Defense Information Systems Agency

Civilian IT Executive of the Year

Molly O'Neill, chief information officer at the Environmental Protection Agency

Defense IT Executive of the Year

Ken Heitkamp, former Air Force assistant chief information officer for life cycle management

Industry IT Executive of the Year

Curt Kolcun, vice president of Microsoft's Federal Division

 

HONORABLE MENTION

ENERGY DEPARTMENT, NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

Took a bold approach, using Security Assurance Markup Language, in consolidating systems and deploying NNSA's new, Enterprise Secure Network.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Cut construction time and costs in half for a new facility by introducing a new wiki-based procurement tool that fostered collaboration and transparency.

FBI REGIONAL COMPUTER FORENSIC LABORATORY UNIT

Reduced forensic examination times by 25 percent to 30 percent with a new Case Agent Investigative Review tool that processes digital evidence more effectively.

NEBRASKA OFFICE OF THE CIO, NETWORK SERVICES SECTION

Improved emergency response capabilities with a new Mobile Disaster Recovery Communications vehicle providing interoperable, multimodal communications.

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Developed a benchmark enterprise architecture framework and implementation strategy for an Information Sharing Environment now being adopted across the federal government.

OHIO OFFICE OF THE TREASURER

Dramatically increased the use of state investment funds by creating a new, automated GrowNOW Online Economic Development Application System.

ARMY

Significantly enhanced the accuracy of millions of medical records captured in the MC4 casualty care program, helping to improve medical care decisions.

CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES VERIFICATION DIVISION

Engineered significant system upgrades to support rapidly escalating number of data queries in CIS' E-Verify and Systematic Alien Verification and Entitlements systems.

U.S. JOINT FORCES COMMAND

Launched the HarmonieWeb Global Online Disaster Relief Collaboration Environment ' an Internet-accessible communications platform to coordinate civil and military responses to multinational disasters.

MILITARY HEALTH SYSTEM, OFFICE OF DEFENSE HEALTH SERVICES SYSTEMS

Improved the quality, safety and efficiency of health care for 9.2 million Military Health System beneficiaries by building the Clinical Data Mart, which dramatically improved data query and processing times.

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