Back on February 15, I attended the Excellence.Gov Awards which were organized by the Collaboration & Transformation SIG of the Industry Advisory Council. There were 20 finalists this year, with five award winners highlighted. Those five are:
- Bidirectional Health Information Exchange, Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs: Creates a secure, bidirectional, real time exchange of medical data for patients passing between the VA and DOD health systems.
- Geospatial One Stop, Department of the Interior: Makes it faster, easier, and less expensive for all governments to get the geospatial data they need for their missions.
- Interagency Data Exchange Application, Department of State: Facilitates both the issuance of visas and the protection of the United States by checking background information on immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants.
- National Sex Offender Public Registry, Department of Justice: Citizens can identify sex offenders in their neighborhoods and beyond with a single Internet search.
- Radio Frequency In-Transit Visibility, Department of the Army: Provides the military services and Department of Defense organizations with worldwide visibility of military cargo.
Congressman Tom Davis gave our keynote this year and used a phrase that really resonated with me: “We live in a digital economy with an analog government.” All of the award winners demonstrate that government sometimes breaks that perception, and achieves IT solutions that no other organization could hope to take on. Some follow-up articles were posted by GCN, Government Technology, GovExec, and Public CIO, among others.
A panel presentation by these top five winners will be held on March 8.
Register to attend at the ACT/IAC web site. See you there!