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GCN : October 2013
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CORPORATE OFFICE: (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. PT) Telephone 818-814-5200; Fax 818-734-1522 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Suite 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311 EDITORIAL INQUIRIES: Go to gcn.com/pressroom REPRINTS: For all editorial and advertising reprints of 100 copies or more,and digital (Web-based) reprints, contact PARS International, Phone (212) 221-9195, E-mail: 1105reprints@ parsintl.com/QuickQuote.asp EDITORIAL STAFF EDITOR-IN-CHIEF PAUL McCLOSKEY EXECUTIVE EDITOR SUSAN MILLER EDITOR AT LARGE KEVIN McCANEY EDITORS/WRITERS MANAGING EDITOR ONLINE HEATHER KULDELL SENIOR EDITOR RUTRELL YASIN GCN LAB DIRECTOR JOHN BREEDEN II SENIOR WRITER WILLIAM JACKSON CONTRIBUTING WRITERS MICHAEL DACONTA, KATHLEEN HICKEY, PATRICK MARSHALL, SHAWN MCCARTHY EDITORIAL/ONLINE PRODUCTION CREATIVE DIRECTOR JEFF LANGKAU ASSISTANT DRAGUTIN CVIJANOVIC ART DIRECTOR SENIOR WEB BISWARUP DESIGNERS BHATTACHARJEE MARTIN PEACE CHIEF CONTENT ANNE A. ARMSTRONG OFFICER CHIEF OPERATING ABRAHAM M. LANGER OFFICER CHIEF REVENUE WENDY LaDUKE OFFICER CHIEF MARKETING CARMEL McDONAGH OFFICER PRESIDENT & CHIEF NEAL VITALE EXECUTIVE OFFICER SENIOR VICE RICHARD VITALE PRESIDENT & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER EXECUTIVE MICHAEL J. VALENTI VICE PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT, CHRISTOPHER M. COATE FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION VICE PRESIDENT, ERIK A. LINDGREN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT VICE PRESIDENT, DAVID F. MYERS EVENT OPERATIONS CHAIRMAN OF JEFFREY S. KLEIN THE BOARD www.gcn.com Volume 32 Issue 10 The public-sector IT workforce has been going through a historic upheaval this fall, as policymak- ers battle over the size of next year s federal budget and which programs and people to sideline. Against this backdrop, we devote this issue of GCN to high- lighting 15 winners of this year s GCN Awards for IT excellence and five projects that merit hon- orable mention. The winning projects are the fruit of relatively small groups of IT managers and technology experts working at a time when demands for high performance, security and a clear return on investment have never been greater. The projects show remark- able technology problem- solving, concentrated teamwork and, this year especially, clear evidence that technologies like big data analytics are having a substantial impact on govern- ment cost and performance. In one case we profile, the Agriculture Department saved $975 million using data analyt- ics and satellite technology to root out fraudulent crop insur- ance claims. In another, the New York City Mayor s O ce put big data to work on several programs at risk for fraud, in one case iden- tifying 21 pharmacies --- out of a total of 2,150 --- that account- ed for more than 60 percent of improper Medicaid claims for prescription painkillers. The two systems are among five winnings projects we profile in this issue, along with descrip- tions of the other 10 winners, which will be profiled in upcom- ing issues of GCN. They were chosen from over 200 nomina- tions by panel of eight judges with broad experience in the public sector IT community. While advanced technology and teamwork are catalysts for high-performing projects, leadership sets the bar.Overall, the GCN Award winners have overcome the special conditions and problem set of the times. Given the current headwinds, technology disruptions and financial challenges, this year s winners are a breed apart. • The pursuit of excellence, sequester style 4 GCN OCTOBER 2013 • GCN.COM GCN (ISSN 0738-4300) is published monthly by 1105 Media, Inc., 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Ste. 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311. Periodicals postage paid at Chatsworth, CA 91311-9998, and at additional mailing of ces. Complimentary subscriptions are sent to qualifying subscribers. 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KSHEMENDRA PAUL, program manager, Information Sharing Environment, O ce of the Director of National Intelligence. SASI PILLAY, NASA CTO. NATALIE GIVANS, senior vice president, Booz Allen Hamilton. TIM YOUNG, principal, Deloitte Consulting. 2013 GOVERNMENT IT EXECUTIVES OF THE YEAR DANNY WERFEL, acting commissioner of the IRS, is GCN s Government IT Executive of the Year and a leading force for the uses of technology in federal financial management. STAN SOLOWAY, president of the Professional Services Council, a tireless advocate for reform of government IT acquisition, is GCN s Industry IT Executive of the Year. ROBERT CHILDS, chancellor of the National Defense University s iCollege, is the recipient of GCN s 2013 Hall of Fame award. Childs led the transformation of the iCollege into a global hub of learning and awareness of the role of IT in the public sector. EDITOR'S DESK BY PAUL McCLOSKEY