2017 Rising Star Awards

Help us find this year's Rising Stars

Make your nominations today for federal IT's next generation of change agents.

Rising Star Awards - Click here to nominate

Top leaders are important, but it’s the rank-and-file talent that makes agencies run. And for FCW’s Rising Star awards, we’d like your help in finding the individuals who are doing great things today — and who are likely to be filling the senior slots tomorrow.

The trick, of course, is knowing where to look because those people are often in the background, making their bosses look good.

Not sure who qualifies as a Rising Star? We’re looking for early-career phenoms whose leadership, innovation and all-around extra effort are having a powerful and positive impact on federal IT.

Here are five points to remember:

  1. Anyone in the federal IT community is eligible: military and civilian, career and political, contractor, academic and association expert alike.
  2. Winners go above and beyond — whatever their level or rank. A fancy job title is not required, and just doing one’s job well is not enough.
  3. You can make multiple nominations. Do so early and often.
  4. Impact matters. The judges need to know not only what a nominee did but also what all that work accomplished.
  5. Age does not matter, but nominees must be less than 10 years into their work in the federal IT community.

So if you know someone — or several someones! — who should be considered, nominate him or her at FCW.com/2017risingstars. Nominations will be accepted through July 31.  

 And please spread the word to your colleagues so we can get the best possible batch of winners.

About the Author

Troy K. Schneider is the Editor-in-Chief of both FCW and GCN, two of the oldest and most influential publications in public-sector IT. Both publications (originally known as Federal Computer Week and Government Computer News, respectively) are owned by GovExec. Mr. Schneider also serves GovExec's General Manager for Government Technology Brands.

Mr. Schneider previously served as New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company, where he oversaw the online operations of The Atlantic Monthly, National Journal, The Hotline and The Almanac of American Politics, among other publications. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, Mr. Schneider also helped launch the political site PoliticsNow.com in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, WashingtonPost.com, Slate, Politico, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.

Mr. Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.

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