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Collaboration rules the CIO Council IT Solutions Challenge

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Tony Scott was only weeks into the federal CIO job when he launched the inaugural CIO Council's IT Solutions Challenge. Nearly nine months later, he's congratulating the winners.

In a Nov. 30 blog post, Scott praised the "remarkable work" of the feds who tackled IT and acquisition problems in their projects.

The winning team, Team 2, was made up of eight employees from NASA, the General Services Administration and the departments of Homeland Security, Energy, Justice and Transportation.

They developed FedIT, a social networking platform to bring together IT- and acquisition-focused feds and promote the development, standardization and implementation of federal IT policy.

Team 5, winners of the people's choice award, also addressed collaboration with Project GEMMAA, a cloud-based sandbox for sharing lessons and reusing technology tools.

"The solutions proposed through the 2015 IT Solutions Challenge can significantly enhance the work we do by fostering collaboration across the federal government and enabling us to drive greater value for the American people," Scott wrote.

About the Author

Zach Noble is a staff writer covering digital citizen services, workforce issues and a range of civilian federal agencies.

Before joining FCW in 2015, Noble served as assistant editor at the viral news site TheBlaze, where he wrote a mix of business, political and breaking news stories and managed weekend news coverage. He has also written for online and print publications including The Washington Free Beacon, The Santa Barbara News-Press, The Federalist and Washington Technology.

Noble is a graduate of Saint Vincent College, where he studied English, economics and mathematics.

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