ACT awards go to eight

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A data dictionary and its associated data model were among the top winners this week when the American Council for Technology recognized eight outstanding intergovernmental programs for 2004.

The Justice Department developed the dictionary and data model to share timely information with community public safety officials, ACT officials noted at an awards ceremony held at the 24th Annual Management of Change conference in Philadelphia.

Called the Global Justice Extensible Markup Language Data Model and Dictionary, the winning program provides XML standards for exchanging information among federal computer systems and systems operated by local public safety departments.

Selected from among 24 finalists, the other award winners were:

The Defense Department's Standard Procurement System — an application that automates and standardizes the process of writing DOD procurement documents and replaces 70 existing contract-writing systems.

The Federal Trade Commission's National Do Not Call Registry — a database now containing more than 55 million names of people who do not want to receive telemarketing calls at home.

The General Services Administration's Web-based catalog, GSA Advantage — allows federal employees select and order online from among 6 million products and services.

The Navy's Joint Expeditionary Warfare Logistics System — a Web-based information system that supports worldwide logistics operations.

The Office of Personnel Management's Information Technology Workforce Development Map — an information system developed with the Federal CIO Council to help assess the skills and support the professional development of federal information technology managers.

ACT also gave state and local intergovernmental awards to:

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Auto Incident Reporting System — developed with the city of Louisville to capture accident data at an intersection known for a high rate of collisions.

Montgomery County, Md.'s Bi-directional Amplifier System for the Potomac River — a portable radio system that gives the county's fire and rescue crews radio interoperability with rescue squads in two neighboring countries in Virginia.

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