Government technology innovators recognized at FOSE

Government technology innovators recognized at FOSE

Five federal, state and local organizations today received the sixth annual Digital Government awards at the FOSE 2005 trade show in Washington. The awards, sponsored by Accenture LLP and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Planning, recognize outstanding government use of technology to transform delivery of citizen services.

This year's award recipients are:

  • Federal government innovator: the Air Force GCSS System Program Office, for integrating common services from more than 125 systems under the Global Combat Support System

  • State and local government innovator: the Houston TranStar Real-time Situation Status Web site, built by a multiagency Texas partnership to provide up-to-date information to government agencies and the public about accidents, road maintenance and other events

  • Pilot/prototype innovator: the Army Forms Content Management Program, which set up an enterprise IT infrastructure to automate all the service's manual and forms processes for personnel, contracts and logistics

  • Federal agent of change: Joyce Short, Defense Finance and Accounting Service director of human resources shared services, for creating multiple portal applications, a data mart, online forms and other innovations

  • State agent of change: Darlene Kosoff, chief security officer, Washington State Department of Information Services, for building an information security infrastructure with online authentication and a secure virtual private network for 5,000 customers.

Stanley J. Gutkowski, managing partner of Accenture's U.S. government practice, said the awards had an "unprecedented showing by our armed forces. The defense community is clearly taking a leadership role in leveraging technology to transform their operations and improve their ability to serve this nation."

Daniel J. Greenwood, director of the MIT E-Commerce Architecture Program, said the winners "used information technologies in creative ways to support and enhance all manner of government functions, from soldiers in the field, to helping commuters assure safer, faster drives home."

Accenture and MIT invited government organizations, public corporations and higher education institutions to submit nominations to a panel of leaders in academia, government and other organizations. Awards for each category were based on the degree of creative thinking and innovative use of technology to create or enhance service delivery, the extent to which a significant problem was solved, and the level of transformation and tangible results.

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