ACT Calls For Nominations For Solutions Awards
The American Council for Technology (ACT) this week announced a call for nominations for its 2007 Intergovernmental Solutions Awards (ISA), to be presented at the 27th annual ACT Management of Change Conference taking place in Richmond, VA. The ISA Awards are presented annually to recognize IT projects that demonstrate how a government agency is using innovative technology to: 1) help the United States lead the world with new ideas and knowledge and 2) help the government move from an “information society” to an “innovation society.”
Nominations are open and are being accepted until 5pm on February 28th via the ACT/IAC portal at www.actgov.org/ISAAwards. Program teams, industry partners, and peers may nominate a program by completing and submitting a nomination form. Once received, nominations will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
1. Technology Leadership – The project should be original and demonstrate a creative approach that serves as a model for other agencies or departments. Show how your solution uses state-of-the-art technology to support the agency’s mission and achieve extraordinary results. Describe the specific technology-based innovation and the project’s strategic importance to the agency.
2. Intergovernmental and Collaborative – The nominated solution should involve intergovernmental collaboration, involving people and ideas from many sources. Illustrate your collaboration with other organizations, including public, private and nonprofit organizations, government entities both domestic and international. Address business and technical interoperability issues and any synergies or savings achieved through collaboration.
3. Business Transformation – Show how you have leveraged technology to create either evolutionary or radical change in the organization’s business processes and its ability to deliver its mission. The solution must have at least an operable prototype system in place by January 1, 2007.
4. Impact and Results – Show how the project has positively impacted the organization and/or its stakeholder community. The project must demonstrate sustainable outcomes which result in demonstrable cost or time savings or other notable benefits. Describe the improved performance and/or measurable results experienced after the solution was implemented and any potential benefits in future applications.
5. Available and Transferable –The solution should be replicable by other organizations and have widespread national or regional application with minimum difficulty.
A panel of judges will review all submissions and select a group of finalists by March 15, 2007. All finalists will be invited to exhibit at the Intergovernmental Solutions Showcase taking place June 3rd, 4th and 5th at the 2007 Management of Change Conference in Richmond, Virginia. ISA Awards Finalists will be honored during the conference awards dinner on Monday evening, June 4th, where the winners will be announced.
The Co-Chairs for the 2007 Intergovernmental Solutions Awards and Showcase are Darlene Meskell, General Services Administration and LeeAnn Jones, Abacus Technology.
“Through the ISA Awards we are able to recognize programs that show a great dedication to excellence and results among government agencies at every level,” said IAC Chair Bill Piatt. “Exceptional work is being done that demonstrates how technology can be leveraged to clearly and distinctly improve citizen services, and we are looking forward to the examples this year’s ISA Award submissions will provide,” said ACT President Barry C. West.
For more information on the ISA Awards, visit www.actgov.org/ISAAwards.
About the American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council
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. For more information, visit www.actgov.org or call (703) 208-4800.