Six government IT solutions companies garnered awards at last week’s14th annual Excellence.Gov Awards for the demonstrated excellence of their government IT programs.
The American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) hosted the event last Monday, which honored 31 finalists at its awards reception in Washington, D.C. ACT-IAC is a non-profit, public-private partnership group aimed at applying IT to improve government.
The event highlighted government IT programs that demonstrate proven strategies and solutions.
“Excellence.gov Award finalists have had a measurable impact on supporting government missions by delivering innovative services to the nation’s citizens,” said Kimberly Hancher, the 2014 Excellence.gov Government Chair and CIO of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). “This year’s winners join a prominent group of instrumental programs that have defined new levels of government service and benchmarks for operational efficiency.”
Awards were bestowed upon finalists among six categories: Overall Winner, Excellence in Customer Service, Excellence in Digital Government, Excellence in Enterprise Efficiency, Excellence in Health IT, Excellence in Intergovernmental Collaboration and Excellence in Pilots and Start-up Projects and Excellence in Intergovernmental Collaboration.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Parkinson’s Disease Biomarkers Program (PDBP) won the 2014 Exec.Gov “Overall Winner” Award for its dedication to using and developing new tools to accelerate Parkinson’s Disease research.
The Internal Revenue Service won the “Excellence in Customer Experience” award for its virtual service, while the Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps won the “Excellence in Digital Government” award for its use of JAGConnect.
The “Excellence in Enterprise Efficiency” went to the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) for its crop insurance program compliance and integrity data warehouse; the “Excellence in Health IT” award went to the the U.S. Army’s MC4 program, PEO EIS for medical communications for combat casualty care (MC4), and the “Excellence in Intergovernmental Collaboration” award was bestowed upon the Department of Labor for its Benefits.gov website.
Lastly, the Veterans Administration won the “Excellence in Pilots and Start-up Project” award for its Program Integrity Tools (PIT) initiative.
2014 Excellence.gov Industry Chair Atacan Donmez said the aforementioned awards exemplify just a few of the ways the government through its programs initiates innovation.
“There are hundreds of programs put into place every year that make government more efficient, cost-effective and responsive to the needs of the citizenry,” Donmez said. “These programs all effectively collaborated with industry counterparts to use IT in innovative ways which truly defines their value and impact.”