Two IT programs up for awards

Two IT programs up for awards

Two information technology projects are semifinalists for the 2001 Innovations in American Government Awards.

The General Services Administration's FirstGov portal and the Defense Department's Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service were among 17 highly rated federal programs.

In all, 99 government programs made the list, including state, municipal, county, school district, government corporation and tribal government programs.

FirstGov resulted from a swift multiagency effort to provide a single interface to 30 million Web pages of federal information, services and transactions.

Defense's DRMS has more than doubled availability to its interactive Web system, which redistributes excess DOD items.

The Institute for Government Innovation'at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government'runs the awards program. The Council for Excellence in Government helps the institute administer the awards program.

A selection committee will name 15 finalists in September, with five award winners to be named Oct. 17 in Washington. Winning programs will each receive $100,000, the remaining finalists $20,000.

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