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Hamre, McGuirk win Eagle Awards

John Hamre, deputy secretary of the Defense Department, and James McGuirk, president of Unisys Federal Systems, last week won Federal Computer Week's Eagle Awards for outstanding accomplishments in the world of federal information technology.

Hamre won the top government award for leading DOD's effort to fix computers for the Year 2000, leading the Defense Reform Initiative and spearheading the department's drive to paperless contracting. McGuirk was honored for reinventing Unisys Corp.'s federal group from a mainframe-centric business to one that has thrived in providing new IT solutions to the federal government.

Each year two professional organizations are chosen to select the Eagle Award winners from the list of Federal 100 honorees. This year the CIO Council selected the government Eagle Award winner, and the Industry Advisory Council chose the industry Eagle Award recipient. This year's Federal 100 winners were honored at a banquet last week at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The dinner, attended by more than 1,000 people, was supported by more than 50 industry and government sponsors.

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Martin wins FGIPC honor

The Federation of Government Information Processing Councils selected G. Martin Wagner, associate administrator for governmentwide policy at the General Services Administration, to receive this year's John J. Franke Professional Services Award. Wagner will receive the award this week at FGIPC's Management of Change Conference in Dallas. The award is presented each year to a senior government official who has been a leading spokesperson for IT issues.

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House, USDA spar over funding

A House panel last week dismissed claims made by the Agriculture Department that it does not have enough funding or resources to complete developing a computer system that would allow farmers to do more of their business with the agency via the Internet and instead urged that development move ahead. The department supports the goals laid out in the Freedom to E-File Act (H.R. 852) but needs more time and money to complete the system, a USDA official said.

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