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Government Innovation Awards

Announcing the 2019 Public Sector Innovation winners

Government rarely gets credit for the tremendous range of innovation it drives. But as the winners of our 2019 Government Innovation Awards make clear, amazing things are happening at all levels of the public sector.

The 40 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 below or on the Government Innovation Awards website.

The 2019 Rising Star winners were announced today as well; the Industry Innovators will be revealed in the coming days. You can learn more about the overall Government Innovation Awards here.

We'll be profiling each of these Public Sector Innovations this fall, and the winners will be honored in person at the Nov. 7  Government Innovation Awards dinner. Until then, congratulations to each of this year's winning projects:

  • 10x
    General Services Administration
  • Access Boston
    City of Boston
  • AI - Increasing Operational Readiness on the Bradley fighting vehicle
    Tank-automotive & Armaments Command, Army Materiel Command, U.S. Army
  • AI in Grants Management
    National Science Foundation
  • AI-Able Data Ecosystem Pilot - Clinical Trial Matching System for VA Application
    Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, General Services Administration
  • AI-CAFE (Collaboration Accelerator Framework for Execution)
    HQ U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon
  • Conserving Resources by Adapting Smart Technology in Waste Management and Recycling Services
    City of Montgomery, Ala.
  • Consolidated Budget System
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Crash Detection and Mitigation Technology (Waycare)
    City of Henderson, Nev.
  • Crowdsourced Flight Testing
    59th Test and Evaluation Squadron, 53rd Test Evaluation Group, Air Combat Command 53rd Wing, U.S. Air Force
  • Department of State High-Availability Disaster Recovery
    Department of State
  • Deployment & Release Integration and Visibility Engine
    Internal Revenue Service
  • Developing the Cyber Degree Program
    Savannah River Site, Department of Energy
  • Empowering People Through Data Literacy
    Defense Acquisition University
  • Enterprise Content Management Initiative to Modernize Business Processes
    City of Norfolk, Va.
  • EugNet
    City of Eugene, Ore.
  • Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation (Opioid Data Sharing Platform)
    Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
  • GrantSolutions Recipient Insight
    Department of Health and Human Services
  • High-Performance Computing Architecture for Cyber Situational Awareness 
    High-Performance Computing Modernization Program, Department of Defense
  • Indiana Department of Correction Occupational Optimization Model
    Indiana Department of Correction
  • Informed Delivery
    U.S. Postal Service
  • Intelligent Mail Barcode
    Pennsylvania Department of Revenue
  • Kessel Run
    Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, U.S. Air Force
  • Mainframe as a Service
    Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
  • Modernizing Medical Records Processing with Intelligent Automation
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
  • MyPass
    Innovation Office, City of Austin, Texas
  • myStudentAid Mobile Application
    Federal Student Aid, Department of Education
  • Navy Total Force Manpower Management System Modernization
    Department of the Navy
  • NOAA's Big Data Project
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
  • PSC Work Smarter
    Program Support Center, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Risk Management Program
    National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • RPA Program
    General Services Administration
  • State of Ohio Digital Identity Program
    Department of Administrative Services, State of Ohio
  • Stryker Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle Sensor Suite Upgrade
    Department of Defense
  • Trusted Internet Connection Modernization Pilot Program -- "TIC-in-the-Cloud"
    National Transportation Safety Board
  • USA Performance
    Office of Personnel Management
  • USA Staffing
    Office of Personnel Management
  • USDA Voice of the Customer Centers of Excellence Program
    Department of Agriculture
  • White House VA Hotline
    Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Zoning Wizard and ZDOCS
    Washington, D.C., Office of Zoning

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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