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Got my tux out for the GCN Awards Gala tonight

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I’ll be cutting out of Federal News Radio’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris a bit early tonight so I can get to the 21st annual GCN Awards Gala.

I’m one of a handful of people who have worked for both GCN and FCW, and therefore I have attended both the GCN Gala and FCW’s Federal 100 awards gala. (For the past few years, of course, they have both been owned by 1105 Media, so…)

I’m a big proponent of these awards programs. I think it is a real opportunity to recognize the good work done by people. (There are a lot of awards programs out there, but only a few of them are really valuable, to be honest. I am very familiar with the judging process used for FCW’s Fed 100 awards — nominations now open, by the way — and it is much tougher then you think. They have a panel who judges these things and they are tough.)

I’ll post the full list of winners after the break, but… I do want to note that Alabama Department of Homeland Security’s Virtual Alabama — a CJD-fav program — is a winner. [See GCN’s story here.]

They are also putting two well deserved people in the GCN Hall of Fame: OMB’s Karen Evans, who may be controversial but nobody can or should doubt her passion for public service and the influence she has had on government IT… and Charles Croom, the former DISA director, who did a remarkable job spurring DISA to think very differently. Earlier this year, he was recognized by AFFIRM and gave one of the most touching speeches I have heard.

GCN also is recognizing some really remarkable individuals in the IT community… EPA CIO Molly O’Neill, who is a CIO rock star… USAF Ken Heitkamp, who is the father of the secure desktop configuration… and Curt Kolcun, vice president of Microsoft’s Federal Division.

Read more about all the winners on GCN’s Web site.

At the GCN Gala tonight, they will also be recognizing the Rising Star award winners. 1105 GovInfo’s Rising Star awards program was started by Federal Computer Week three years ago and recognizes the up-and-coming leaders in the government and industry. For the 2008 Rising Star awards, 1105 GovInfo took a unified approach to the awards — FCW looked at policy/management starsGCN looked at technology starsWashington Technology looked at the industry stars. If you want to have your faith in the next generation lifted, read some of these profiles. Remarkable people doing remarkable things — and most of them are doing it out of passion for the mission.

Get the full list of GCN Award winners after the break.

Again, you can find links to these programs on GCN’s Web site here.

The 2008 GCN agency award winners are:

• U.S. Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for their PCIT automated
certificate process and export data collection system
• U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for their Information Collection Request, Review and
Approval (ICRAS) system
• Office of the Director of National Intelligence – Intelligence Community Enterprise Solutions team for a
suite of Intelink services (including Intellipedia, A-Space and the Library of National Intelligence)
• Alabama Department of Homeland Security for their Virtual Alabama geospatial information management
• U.S. Navy for their Navy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) program.
• U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development – Office of Public and Indian Housing for their National
Housing Locator System
• U.S. Air Force Material Command – Automatic Identification Office Robins AFB for their Air Force Global
Enterprise Tracking (AFGET) system
• U.S. Department of Labor – Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management for their
GovBenefits E-Gov Program: SSA BEST Customized Connection pre-screening benefits service
• U.S. Environment Protection Agency – Office of Environmental Information for their GeoData Gateway and
the EPA Metadata Editor
• General Services Administration – Office of Acquisition Systems for their Integrated Acquisition
Environment (IAE) E-Gov Program

GCN’s 2008 Executive of the Year award recipients include:

• Civilian: Molly O’Neill, Chief Information Officer, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
• Defense: Ken Heitkamp, Assistant Chief Information Officer for Life-Cycle Management, U.S. Air Force
• Industry: Curt Kolcun, Vice President, U.S. Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation
• Hall of Fame: Karen Evans, Administrator of the Office of Electronic Government and Information
Technology (IT), Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
• Hall of Fame: Lieutenant General Charles E. “Charlie” Croom, Jr., former Director, Defense Information
Systems Agency (DISA), and Commander, Joint Task Force – Global Network Operations, Arlington, Va.

Written by cdorobek

October 22, 2008 at 1:24 PM

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