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Event Details
What: Federal Executive Summit
When: Tuesday, September 13, 2011
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Merit Awards Reception to Follow
Where: The Willard InterContinental
Washington D.C.
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Cost: Complimentary
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Aileen Black
Vice President, Federal
VMware Inc.
Vint Cerf
Gerald E. Connolly
Mary Davie
Assistant Commissioner
Office of Assisted Acquisition Services
Federal Acquisition Service
General Services Administration
Tom Davis
Mark Forman
First Administrator for E-Government and IT
U.S. Office of Management and Budget
Vivek Kundra
Former Federal Chief Information Officer
Ronnie Levine
Assistant Director Information Resources Management
Bureau of Land Management
Department of the Interior
Steve O'Keeffe
Tom Soderstrom
IT Chief Technology Officer
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Majercik at (703) 883-9000 ext. 143 or

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Program Details
Advisory Group
Merit Awards
Merit Awards
Celebrating Innovation and Meritocracy

Congratulations to Aung Gye of the Federal Highway Administration for winning the $50,000 grand prize in the 2011 Merit Awards, presented at The Fabric of the Future – Supporting the Federal Data Center Revolution summit. View the press release here.

The Merit Awards contest challenged the world to come forth with ideas on how to use IT to improve the quality of government – with a $50,000 prize for smart, new thinking. But the program was not only open to Americans. Innovation knows no borders – nor does it need a green card. We invited Chinese, Indian, any nomination from the four corners of the globe.

Five entries were selected as finalists and the best in their respective categories. View the press release announcing the top five here – finalists are as follows:

  • Back Office Operations and Best Overall: Create a nationwide, interactive database of government resources, from conference space to office equipment and automobiles, to ensure full utilization – Aung Gye, Federal Highway Administration – View PDF
  • Citizen Engagement: Create a secure U.S. passport mobile application that allows citizens to sign in temporarily and download passport data via near-field communications – Daniel Kestranek, The Pennsylvania State University – View PDF
  • Emergency Response: Develop mobile and other disaster alert applications as an early warning system for natural disasters, using consolidated data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, etc. – Ben Sottile, Department of Defense View PDF
  • Results Achievement: Standardize classification processes, including a standard taxonomy model to build, govern, and share processes – Roy Roebuck, One World Information System – View PDF
  • Waste: Modify the IT acquisition process to diminish the impact that current or past relationships play in awarding contracts. We could use standardized criteria and separate agencies to judge merits of requests for proposals – Dave Schnell, North Carolina Department of Revenue – View PDF

Thank you to all the contestants who entered the Merit Awards program.

Click here to view the media coverage.

Merit Awards judges Steve O’Keeffe and Aileen Black present Aung Gye with his award for the Back Office Operations category

Ben Sottile accepts his award for the Emergency Response category

Results Achievement category winner Roy Roebuck accepts his award

Steve O’Keeffe and Mark Forman, both judges in the Merit Awards contest, congratulate grand prize winner Aung Gye