April 14, 2009

TCG Helps NIH Win Prestigious Excellence.Gov Award

NITRC Project is the Top Excellence.Gov Award Winner In 2009

Washington, DC, April 14, 2009: TCG, a leading government technology strategy and IT consultancy whose corporate goal is to save US taxpayers $1 billion by 2016, announced today that a government program it supports was awarded the top 2009 Excellence.Gov Award at a ceremony held in Washington, DC, today.

Two programs that TCG supports — the NIH Neuroimaging Informatics Tools & Resources Clearinghouse (NITRC, at www.nitrc.org ) and OMB/Education Budget Formulation and Execution Line of Business (BFELoB) — were short-listed for the 2009 Excellence.Gov Awards which had the theme of “Transparency: Using IT to improve the interaction between Government and its Stakeholders.” The top five awardees were announced at an awards luncheon today, and the NITRC program was named the top-most award winner.

TCG supports NITRC with a range of services, including program management, systems architecture and development, operations and maintenance, outreach, and marketing.

“We are incredibly proud of the team that supports NITRC,” said Daniel Turner, President of TCG. “The results of the project and this award show that they have truly invested themselves in the initiative and dedicated themselves to excellence. NITRC is a great example of using minimal resources and open-source technology to create a great return on investment for taxpayers.”

About TCG
TCG (Turner Consulting Group, www.tcg.com), a Washington, DC-based company, is a business process and IT consulting company with a focus on grants management and scientific community support.

TCG helps government agencies use the power of the Internet and the Web to better interact with the public, and to generate internal cost savings and efficiencies. TCG projects have won awards for their groundbreaking achievements: TCG piloted the first inter-agency grants management system, and created the first inter-agency Web-based government system to receive secure information from the general public.
    
TCG was ranked by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States in 2007 and 2001. The firm has been on Washington Technology’s Fast 50. The company was SEI-assessed at Capability Maturity Model Integration Maturity Level 2 in April 2004, and aims to save US taxpayers $1 billion by 2016.

For more information, contact David G. Cassidy on 202–742-8471 or david.cassidy@tcg.com, or see www.tcg.com.

About ACT-IAC and the 2009 Excellence.Gov Awards
The American Council for Technology (ACT) is a non-profit educational organization established in 1979 to assist government in acquiring and using information technology resources effectively and efficiently. Working with all levels of government, ACT provides education, programming, and networking opportunities that enhance and advance the government IT profession.

In 1989 ACT established the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) to bring industry and government executives together to exchange information, support professional development, improve communications, and build partnership and trust, thereby enhancing government’s ability to serve the nation. ACT and IAC work together to provide an objective, professional and ethical forum where government and industry leaders can collaborate on addressing common issues towards a shared vision.

IAC’s Collaboration and Transformation Shared Interest Group (C&T SIG) administers the Excellence.Gov Awards, which are in their ninth year. The SIG created these awards to recognize the federal government’s best IT projects and the list of nominations has grown substantially over the years.

For 2009, the 21 program finalists all met the stringent criteria for “demonstrating excellence in improving organizational performance using information technology.”  On Tuesday, April 14th all 21 finalists will be honored and winners announced at the Excellence.Gov Awards ceremony and reception, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The JW Marriott in Washington, D.C.

Each year, the Excellence.Gov Awards recognize the federal government’s best IT projects and the SIG selects a different theme for the awards. This year’s theme, “Transparency:  Using IT to improve the interaction between Government and its Stakeholders” focuses on how government organizations use IT to increase transparency to the public to improve the public’s ability to acquire government information and directly improve an agency’s ability to deliver transparent information to the public or to a particular constituency. A panel of 25 judges — federal government and industry executives — reviewed 60 nominations and selected 20 to be recognized at the ceremony.

More information is available at http://www.actgov.org and  http://www.federalnewsradio.com and by contacting the 2009 award chair, Andy Lieber of Grant Thornton LLP (703–637-2791 or Andrew.lieber@gt.com.