Get the Scoop on GSA’s IT Award Nominees

Government IT media group FedScoop has nominated fifteen GSA innovators and programs for their “FedScoop 50” Awards honoring high achievers in the government IT community.

These FedScoop 50 award nominees exemplify GSA’s mission to lead with innovation and deliver the best value in government technology-related endeavors.

Leading the way as nominees for the Golden Gov Federal Executive of the Year are Casey Coleman and Gwynne Kostin.  CIO Casey Coleman led GSA in becoming the first agency to move to a cloud based email and collaboration platform which provided significant cost savings and improvements to security, mobility and performance.  Directing the Digital Services Innovation Center, Gwynne Kostin fostered the federal mobile community while delivering on the Digital Government Strategy.

Four GSA nominees in the Federal Leadership category were honored for helping to implement new technologies, strategies or IT programs.  Martha Dorris, a passionate champion for excellent citizen services, continued to lead the usa.gov team while also fostering the open data movement.  As Deputy CIO and Chief Technology Officer, Sonny Hashmi leveraged emerging technologies to drive IT modernization.  Dave McClure led the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies through a number of open and transparent IT initiatives to provide increased government accessibility to the public.  FTC’s new CIO, Bajinder Paul spent the last few years leading innovative technologies at GSA to include the heralded Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

Half of FedScoop’s Most Inspiring Newcomer nominees were GSA individuals or teams doing exceptional IT work.  Jess Milcetich led the reinvigorated usa.gov blog and tripled its follower base up to 6 million.  Russell O’Neill helped drive a number of successful IT initiatives including moving usa.gov to responsive design, developing the usa.gov federal registry API and social media registry, and redesigning kids.gov.  Jonathan Rubin’s successful management of the First Fridays government web usability program has resulted in better experiences for millions of web users.  Born from GSA in the last year, the SocialGov Federal Social Media Community of Practice has become a force for sharing solutions and raising the bar for improved citizen services while reducing costs.

GSA’s FedMentors of the Year nominees include two heavyweights of the government IT world who share their best practices, tips, and career advice with the next generation of leaders.  Mark Day shares his lessons learned from a broad range of government acquisition, cybersecurity and IT management issues.  Administrator Dan Tangherlini shares his counsel through experiences learned first locally and now in federal service leading GSA to improve thegovernment’s workplace by managing assets, delivering maximum value in acquisitions, preserving historic property, and implementing technology solutions.

Three GSA programs were honored as FedScoop 50 Innovation of the Year nominees.  The industry-leading GSALink smart building analytics system (in 55 of the largest government office buildings across the US) results in significant saving in energy and operation expenses.  The MyUSA Presidential Innovation Fellow project out of GSA creates a platform with a shared service approach to efficiently enable citizen-centric applications.  USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov moved to responsive design featuring customer-focused adjustable layouts that work with all platforms and resolutions, saving on content-development costs while furthering accessability principles.

We congratulate our fabulous fifteen nominees and hope to build on their efforts over the next year.

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