FirstGov and IRS pick up the last Hammers

FirstGov and IRS pick up the last Hammers

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

JAN. 11—The Internet gateway and the IRS today will receive the last of Vice President Gore's Hammer awards for government reinvention efforts.

The seven-year Hammer initiative, which has recognized more than 1,200 agency projects, has now come to an end in its present form. General Services Administration spokeswoman Eleni Martin said she could not comment on future mechanisms for recognizing performance excellence in government agencies.

But Morley Winograd, director of the National Partnership for Reinventing Government task force, said in a statement that FirstGov and the IRS will serve as 'tremendous catalysts for continual reinvention' because they reach so many citizens.

GSA's FirstGov site, at, is a portal through which users can connect to every available government Web page on the Internet, which total more than 27 million pages. The IRS is being honored for its massive modernization effort that will, among other things, update its systems and expand its online services.

Deborah Diaz, GSA's deputy associate administrator for FirstGov, said 'the site will introduce a new Facts for You feature today.' She said FirstGov is 'trying to come up with as many time-saving innovations as possible.'

A partial list of past Hammer Award winners appears on the Web, at

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