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FCW’s Fed 100 Awards: Recognizing the good work done by people… nominations open for the annual award program

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fed100It is the season for the Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 awards program — now in its 20th year, it is one of the preeminent government awards programs recognizing people from the past year who have made a difference. [Nominate somebody online at

The Fed 100 awards were one of my favorite parts of being editor of Federal Computer Week. The program is remarkable. It also taps into my definition of Web 2.0 — all of us are smarter then each of us individually — because the nominations come from all of us. Each year, Federal Computer Week puts opens up the nominations and we/they get literally hundreds of them. Many of them are remarkable. Some of them — well, not so much.

On Friday, I had John Monroe, the acting editor of Federal Computer Week, on the Federal News Radio’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris to talk about the awards and how it work. You can hear that interview here.

The program is remarkable because, in the end, decisions aren’t made by the editors of Federal Computer Week. They are made by a team of judges — generally one of the most important things I did all year — selecting the right judging panel. This year, they have a pretty remarkable group.

As I said on the radio, I am going to make some nominations… many of the examples, you will have read here or heard on the radio. That being said, I think those people deserve recognition. Many of my nominations are for people who have done things that seems so easy, but, as we well know, often simple things can be very complex. Among my nominations:

There are others. I’m in the search for the person on Team Obama who helped the campaign use technology so effectively. (This has spurred a whole debate on Twitter — some arguing that the Obama campaign did the same things that the McCain campaign did except they won. Another fed argued that Fed 100 should be reserved for “an actual fed… who has to work w/in existing rules & be successful. Wait til he’s in office.” My responses: First, there are 100 people, so there are plenty of nominations to go around for good work. But I always define Fed 100 as 100 people who go above and beyond to make a difference, and I think Team Obama so integrated technology into the way one runs for president — and I think that is bound to make a difference on how they government. It is such a building block that to ignore it would make the list look… out of place. But… comments welcome. In the end, the Fed 100 judges will decide what is deserving.

Some of my recommendations on writing up Fed 100 awards… after the break…
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December 7, 2008 at 3:44 PM

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