Innovative programs earn e-gov awards

Five federal information sharing programs, from a searchable national sex offender registry to health information sharing between departments, received Excellence.gov awards today from the Industry Advisory Council at a luncheon in Washington, D.C.

The five programs are:

  • The Bidirectional Health Information Exchange, a collaborative program between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments that helps with the exchange of health information on patients within the departments' health systems.

  • The Department of State Interagency Data Exchange Application, which issues visas and checks background information on immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applications.

  • The Geospatial One-Stop e-government initiative, an Interior Department program that provides thousands of federal, state and local governments with access to geospatial data services at Geodata.gov.

  • The National Sex Offender Public Registry, a Justice Department program that makes state and territory public sex offender registries available online.

  • The Radio Frequency In-Transit Visibility system, an Army program that uses radio frequency identification tags to track military cargo in transit worldwide.
Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), the event's keynote speaker, said the federal government spends about $65 billion on information technology and may reach $90 billion by 2010. Making the government operate efficiently, he said, could save more money and eliminate problems. The government needs the people who push for innovative approaches to do that.

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