Feds win kudos for innovation and technology

Two Defense Department medical programs, a chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, and a NASA technology and two engineers each received awards recently.

FGIPC awards: The Federation of Government Information Processing Councils conferred awards honoring DOD's Tri-Service Infrastructure Management Program Office and the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program. The programs were given the 2003 Intergovernmental Solutions Awards during FGIPC's Management of Change Conference in New Orleans.

TIMPO, which provides a computing and communications infrastructure for the military health system, was honored for its Lab Interoperability Project with the Veterans Affairs Department.
The project allows the electronic transfer of medical documents between VA and DOD.

The Defense CAP supplies assistive technology and services to federal employees with disabilities. The program was selected for the ways it uses technology 'to quickly and easily fill the requests for accommodations equipment,' according to a Defense statement.

AFCEA awards: AFCEA's Bethesda, Md., chapter, which regularly stages informational sessions and other activities in the Washington area, won two awards from the association's international body. The chapter, one of 110 worldwide eligible for the awards, received a Model Chapter of the Year award for the fourth straight year. It also won the Harry C. Ingels Award, for significant contributions toward achieving AFCEA's goals.

Space Foundation honors: A 3-D technology developed for NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., and two NASA engineers were inducted into the Space Foundation's 2003 Space Technology Hall of Fame.

Virtual Window, which delivers real-time 3-D imaging without the use of special glasses or helmets, was developed for Ames by Dimension Technologies Inc. of Rochester, N.Y. It helps interpret data connected with events such as the fluid flow around a space shuttle launch, NASA said in a release.

Also honored were Adam Kissiah Jr., a retired engineer at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for developing the digital hearing aid technology that led to the cochlear implant, and Joseph Howard Kerr, who helped develop the VisiScreen Ocular Screening System used to detect abnormalities in the human eye.

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