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Government Innovation Awards

Announcing the 2020 Public Sector Innovation winners

Government rarely gets credit for the tremendous range of innovation it drives. But as the winners of our 2020 Government Innovation Awards make clear, amazing things are happening at all levels of the public sector.

The 21 Public Sector Innovations below include everything from telework enablers to cloud-based reinvention to next-gen cybersecurity. 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.

We'll be profiling each of these Public Sector Innovations in early November. Until then, congratulations to each of this year's winning projects:

  • ACM: Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, and ML/AI Platform
    Internal Revenue Service
  • Air Force Visible, Accessible, Understandable, Linked, & Trustworthy (VAULT) Data Platform
    U.S. Air Force
  • Army Vantage
    U.S. Army
  • Budget Line of Business Apportionment Manager
    Department of Education
  • Cloud-based Disaster Recovery Implementation for Integrated Eligibility System
    Oregon Department of Human Services
  • Computational Storage
    Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Connect2LACity Work from Home Platform
    City of Los Angeles
  • Defensive Cyber Operations Resource for Updates, Innovation, and Development (DRUID)
    U.S. Army
  • DOL IT Platform
    Department of Labor
  • DOR Nudge Notice Proof of Concept
    Pennsylvania Department of Revenue
  • Entity Authentication and Authorization for Everyone (EAZE)
    Social Security Administration
  • Health Assessment Lite Operations (HALO)
    U.S. Army
  • HHS Protect Platform
    Department of Health and Human Services
  • Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data Browser
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Leveraging IoT for Increased Flood Protection
    Town of Cary, North Carolina
  • Modernization through SD-WAN
    General Services Administration
  • MyPerformance
    Kentucky Division of Technology Services
  • NewPay Payroll/Time & Attendance Modernization
    General Services Administration
  • RPA/Intelligence Automation Services at NASA Shared Services Center
  • Telework Tracking Application
    Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services
  • Transforming 911 for Safer Communities
    California Office of Emergency Services

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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