Fed 100 nominations and the ongoing shutdown
When it comes to the problems being created by the partial government shutdown, the inability to finish Federal 100 nominations is far from the most important. But it is a concern, and we don't want would-be winners in the affected agencies to be short-changed because of forced furloughs.
While the hundreds of nominations already submitted will be shipped to our judges this weekend as scheduled, FCW will continue to accept nominations until those agencies resume normal operations. The exact deadline now depends on Congress and President Donald Trump, obviously, but we plan to allow for three business days after the shutdown ends.
So if you have a nomination that's languishing on an office system, or are awaiting final sign-off from a supporting nominator, you will still be able to submit. (And while I'm hardly an expert on the Antideficiency Act, I would note that anyone is welcome to make a Fed 100 nomination in their personal and individual capacity!)
Remember, all nominations must be made online -- you can find all the details at FCW.com/2019fed100.
And here's one last recap of what it takes to make the Federal 100:
- Anyone in the federal IT community is eligible.
- The award is for individual accomplishments in 2018.
- Federal 100 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.
- Impact matters. The judges need to know not only what a nominee did, but also what all that work accomplished.
The current shutdown is an unwelcome reminder of the many obstacles that members of the federal IT community must sometimes overcome. Let's make sure it doesn't keep the best of those individuals from getting the recognition they deserve.
Troy K. Schneider is editor-in-chief of FCW and GCN, as well as General Manager of Public Sector 360.
Prior to joining 1105 Media in 2012, Schneider was the New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, 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, National Journal, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.
Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.
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