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Nextgov Bold Awards Finalists Announced

Top Innovators in Federal Technology to Be Honored at Nextgov Prime on September 8th-9th in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - July 31, 2014) - Nextgov today announced 20 finalists for the Bold Awards, honoring those who have conceived and implemented innovative ideas in technology to improve government efficiency. 

The Bold Awards are produced by Nextgov, the technology brand of Government Executive Media Group and part of Atlantic Media. Nextgov's mission is to lead the national discussion about how technology and innovation can transform the way government operates and serves citizens. Nextgov.com is the #1 federal technology website, engaging more federal managers (as well as federal technology decision makers) on a daily basis than any other website dedicated to the federal IT community.1

The Nextgov Bold Awards recognize men and women who have taken risks to implement innovative program initiatives and policies to make government work better. The awards program seeks to showcase these efforts and inspire others.

"A key goal of the Bold Awards is to highlight rock-star innovators for their extraordinary work," said Nextgov Executive Editor Camille Tuutti. "We selected individuals who have helped solve some of government's most pressing challenges. These finalists have made transformative contributions to the federal IT community."

Nextgov is pleased to announce the following finalists (*denotes a team award):

  • *Rebecca Ayers, U.S. Office of Personnel Management
  • *Gwen Camp, FEMA/Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) 
  • *Zahid Chaudhry, USDA - Forest Service - Region 6
  • Patrick Choquette, Peace Corps
  • Daniel Clemons, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) 
  • *Marsha Heath, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
  • *Erozan Kurtas, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Christina Lachance, MPH, Office of Population Affairs
  • Martha Lambie, Social Security Administration
  • *Lisa LaPlant, U.S. Government Printing Office
  • William Marken, USDA/NRCS/National Geospatial Center of Excellence (NGCE) 
  • John Picanso, USDA APHIS Veterinary Services
  • *Thomas Sasala, U.S. Army
  • *Peter Smith, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • *John Streufert, DHS/NPPD/CS&C/Federal Network Resilience
  • *Jolene Lauria Sullens, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Arpad Szurgyi, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) 
  • *Andy Walsh, U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassy London
  • Sonjae Whang, Department of the Navy/Military Sealift Command 
  • *Andrew Wiedlea, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, J9 Information Systems

More information on these finalists and their accomplishments can be found at www.nextgov.com/bold-awards.

Finalists for the Bold Awards will be celebrated, and winners announced, at Nextgov Prime on September 8th-9th in Washington, D.C. Nextgov Prime, the premier event for the federal technology community, will convene over 500+ federal IT managers to explore "Gov2020 -- Embracing the Art of the Possible."

For more information, visit www.nextgov.com/prime.

About Nextgov
Produced by Government Executive Media Group, Nextgov is the #1 federal technology resource, engaging more federal technology decision makers on a daily basis than any other website dedicated to federal IT.1 Nextgov's mission is to lead the national discussion about how technology and innovation can transform the way government operates and serves citizens. Nextgov seeks to enable senior decision making teams, comprised of technology and program leaders, to learn about and evaluate emerging technologies and transform government. Visit Nextgov.com.

1 2014 Federal Media and Marketing Study, Market Connections, Inc.

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