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Fed 100 winner: Scott Burns

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fed100webPeople have been crowdsourcing Federal Computer Week’s 2009 Federal 100 Awards winner list. Earlier, we’ve reported on…

* Robert Carey of the Department of the Navy
* Teresa Carlson of Microsoft
* Frank DiGiammarino of the National Academy of Public Administration
* Molly O’Neill , formerly of the EPA
* Mary McCaffery of the EPA

Add another deserving name: Scott Burns , chief executive officer and co-founder of GovDelivery, which provides e-mail and digital subscription services for the public sector.

Burns has created a agile company that helps agencies reach out to citizens. I first met him at ACT/IAC’s Executive Leadership Conference about two years ago on a panel with Harvard Prof. and FCW columnist Steve Kelman and was impressed with his insights. I had him write a column for FCW last year — and had him on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris in October talking about the other ways that agencies can reach out to citizens. (The audio apparently didn’t make the transfer over with our new Web site. I’ll try to hunt it down.)

Burns is a very insightful person — and I can’t wait to read FCW’s Fed 100 issue in March to get the details.


Meanwhile, you can read Burns’ blog herefollow him on Twitter herefriend him on Facebook here… and read his July 2008 FCW column, The Not So Invisible Hand, here.

It’s a new world where government Web managers can take advantage of the best technologies available from industry with less risk and lower cost. Now is the time to give them more authority and encouragement, not limit a role that is starting to prove incredibly influential across government. The Princeton paper has some good ideas, but it’s off the mark.

Read the full column.

I’m also hearing that DC CTO and someday-to-be-named OMB administrator of e-government and IT Vivek Kundra is also a Fed 100 winner, but I don’t have that confirmed yet.

The annual Federal 100 Awards Gala — the 20th anniversary of that event — will take place March 25… but the full list should be posted soon at

Written by cdorobek

February 13, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Posted in awards, Circuit

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