Technology visionaries

10 tech-savvy leaders who found innovative ways to put cutting-edge tools and techniques to work for government

This year's GCN Technology Leadership Award winners were selected from dozens of candidates who were nominated by colleagues and superiors. To qualify, nominees had to be full-time, career civil servants at the GS-13 through Senior Executive Service level, or equivalent military rank or job level in a state, county or municipal government.


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Nominees must have some direct involvement with information technology in the performance of their duties, such as specifying, purchasing, managing or overseeing IT implementation.

The winning candidates were chosen by a panel of senior editorial board members of Government Computer News, with consultation from current and former federal IT leaders based on the following criteria:
  • Exceptional accomplishments over a substantial period of time in leading government information technology initiatives.
  • The degree to which candidates demonstrated innovative approaches and a penchant for taking risks in tackling mission-related projects.
  • The ability to inspire co-workers to higher achievement.

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