Object reference not set to an instance of an object. 2011 Federal 100 award program winners -- FCW

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

2011 Federal 100

Federal 100

This year’s Federal 100 awards program is a reminder that excellent work goes on, even in the toughest of times.

And times were tough in 2010, make no mistake about that. Civilian agencies and their contractors felt the pinch of budget uncertainty as the year progressed and Congress could not reach agreement on an appropriations bill. Many defense agencies also faced austere times, as two wars continued to demand a steady flow of resources. Yet the 2011 Federal 100 award winners rose to the challenge.

They developed strategies to ease the federal government’s transition to cloud computing. They improved the quality of care provided to our service members returning from combat. They gave federal officials a crash course in how to protect themselves against an imminent cybersecurity threat. And they even put together national programs to nurture the next generation of cybersecurity experts.

Featured 2011 Federal 100 Winners

A new twist on disaster response

IT education: Changing by degrees

A mandate to innovate in intelligence analysis

Gateway portal offers new connections for combat vets

Coast Guard makes waves with SOA

2011 Federal 100 winners -- complete list

2011 Federal 100 panel of judges

Gala photos on FCW's Facebook page

Eagle Winners

Lynn, Pedersen take home Eagle awards

President's Winner

Army's Chiarelli honored for support of vets

Eagle and President's winners photos

That’s one of the marks of Federal 100 winners every year: They have an uncanny ability to figure out how to get a job done with whatever resources are available. That quality is especially valuable in a crisis — be it the earthquake in Haiti or the Deepwater Horizon oil spill — when time is of the essence and options are limited. It’s the art of the possible raised to its highest form.

Federal 100 winners often seem to look at the world from a unique perspective. It’s not that they don’t see obstacles. But they come at problems from a slightly different angle. They see ways around obstacles that others might have missed. That vision, and their ability to share it, is what makes them leaders.

But the most important distinguishing mark of Federal 100 winners is simple: They step up. That’s something we see again and again in the nominations we receive. Often the work that results in a Federal 100 award is something that is difficult, time-consuming and, in many cases, beyond the winner’s job description. But they step up to it and get the job done. It’s that simple.

After 22 years of the Federal 100 awards program, you would think we had seen it all. But this year’s program just goes to show that excellence never gets old.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

Reader comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group