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IT Solutions Challenge winners announced

Common problems in federal IT and acquisition could become less acute thanks to the winners of the CIO Council’s IT Solutions Challenge.

For the challenge, up-and-coming federal IT and IT acquisition staffers across government agencies were organized into six competing teams to identify issues and create solutions for problems in federal IT, according to the announcement by Tony Scott, U.S. CIO.

Team two’s “FedIT” solution won the judge’s award for its proposal to address inefficiencies across government caused by a lack of standardization across IT policies and infrastructure. FedIT is a professional social network and communications platform for federal IT and acquisition personnel that would allow real-time collaboration and problem solving across agencies.

The people’s choice award went to team five for its “Project GEMMA” cloud architecture, application development and security proposal. GEMMA would allow federal IT experts to collaborate, test, customize and share technology solutions through a cloud-hosted environment. Users could share lessons, leverage expertise, contribute to cross-agency IT implementation initiatives and reuse existing agency solutions.

The teams of rising stars from the ranks of GS-9s through GS-13s began work seven months ago with the goal of creating innovative solutions from a fresh perspective. Each group had six months to develop a proposal for common federal IT problems with the help of mentors and subject matter experts.

“The solutions proposed through the 2015 IT Solutions Challenge can significantly enhance the work we do by fostering collaboration across the federal government and enabling us to drive greater value for the American people,” Scott said.

About the Author

Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.


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