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Government Innovation Awards

Announcing this year’s top Public Sector Innovations

Government rarely gets credit for the tremendous range of innovation it drives.   But as the winners of our 2018 Government Innovation Awards make clear, amazing things are happening at all levels of the public sector.

The 36 Public Sector Innovations below include everything from AI-powered mission enablers to cloud-based reinvention to cybersecurity workforce development.  In some cases, the technology itself is transformative, while in others creative use of readily available tools is the game-changer.    All, however, show how IT and innovation can dramatically improve government.

And while these examples are impressive enough on their own, they're just one part of our larger Government Innovation Awards program. A joint effort of GCN, FCW, Washington Technology and Defense Systems, these awards also recognize the companies supporting the government’s transformation and the individual Rising Stars who are driving change across the public sector.  Those winners were announced today as well -- you can find more information at the links above, or on the Government Innovation Awards website.

We'll be profiling each of these Public Sector Innovations this fall, and the winners will be honored in person at the Nov. 8  Government Innovation Awards dinner. Until then, congratulations to each of this year's winning projects:

3D Printing for Replacement F-35 Parts
U.S. Marine Corps, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Combat Logistic Battalion 31

Administrative Data Research Facility
Census Bureau

Ambient Temperature Monitoring in the Global Supply Chain

Business Intelligence for Better Oversight
Government Accountability Office

Department of Health and Human Services

Career PathFinder
Los Angeles County
General Services Administration

Cyber Direct Commissioning Program
U.S Army, Cyber Command

Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment
Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate

General Services Administration

FedRAMP Tailored
General Services Administration

High-Fidelity Adaptive Deception & Emulation System
Sandia National Laboratories

HSIN Migration to AWS GovCloud
Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Information Network

Human Capital IT Modernization
Office of Personnel Management, Human Resources Line of Business

Intelligent Grants Automation
Department of Health and Human Services

International Trade Blockchain Proof of Concept
Customs and Border Protection

JPL Open Source Rover
NASA,  Jet Propulsion Laboratory

LEADER Replacement System
Los Angeles County, Department of Public Social Services

Missouri National Guard/Air National Guard

North Atlantic Right Whale Protection System
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

OC Ballot Express
Orange County, Calif., Registrar of Voters

Ohio Benefits Process Automation Pilot Project
Ohio Department of Administrative Services

Paper Automation and Digitization
Federal Election Commission

Risk-Limiting Post-Election Audits
Colorado Department of State

Roadway Monitoring with AI and IoT
City of South Bend, Ind., Department of Public Works

Software-Defined Networking for the DISN and the DoDIN
Defense Information Systems Agency

Virginia Commonwealth Center of Recurrent Flooding Resiliency; City of Virginia Beach; City of Newport News; City of Norfolk; National Institute of Standards and Technology

Transforming SBA Cybersecurity via the Cloud
Small Business Administration

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Healthcare Delivery

Unstructured Machinery Repair for Navy Ships
U.S. Navy, Military Sealift Command

VA Medical Images and Reports
Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Violent Criminal Apprehension Program
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Virtual Situation Room
City of Independence, Ore.

Wake County Tax Assessment Model
Wake County, N.C., Revenue Department

Wireless Vital Signs Monitor
U.S. Navy, Office of Naval Research

Wrong-Way Driver Detection System
Arizona Department of Transportation

About the Author

Troy K. Schneider is the Editor-in-Chief of both FCW and GCN, two of the oldest and most influential publications in public-sector IT. Both publications (originally known as Federal Computer Week and Government Computer News, respectively) are owned by GovExec. Mr. Schneider also serves GovExec's General Manager for Government Technology Brands.

Mr. Schneider previously served as New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company, where he oversaw the online operations of The Atlantic Monthly, National Journal, The Hotline and The Almanac of American Politics, among other publications. The founding editor of, Mr. Schneider also helped launch the political site in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times,, Slate, Politico, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.

Mr. Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.


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