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Gears of Government Awards

Hall of Winners

Recognizing individuals and teams across the Federal workforce whose dedication supports exceptional delivery of key outcomes for the American people, specifically around mission results, customer service, and accountable stewardship.

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Department of Commerce

  • Adam Jacoff
  • Ann Virts
  • Kamel Saidi
  • Kenny Kimble
  • Department of Commerce

    Developed the first ever comprehensive suite of emergency response robot test methods and data collection tools to evaluate and improve bomb-disposal robots and operators. These efforts led to the enhanced testing and use of advanced robot capabilities in challenging environments and the adoption of standard operator measures.

    Agency Award

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Cyber Reskilling Academy Project Team

GSA
  • Annette Maldonado
  • Doc McConnell
  • Jason Gray
  • Dorothy Aronson
  • Trey Kennedy
  • Cyber Reskilling Academy Project Team

    Created the first ever Federal Cybersecurity Reskilling Academy, offering federal employees hands-on training in cybersecurity. Their pilot was so successful that multiple cabinet agencies have adopted parts of the curriculum and core design to begin scaling the model at their own agencies, preparing an increasing number of federal employees to enter the future of work.

    Agency Award

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Providing Value Based Incentives to Align Safety Net Providers with ONC Health IT Standards of Care

HHS
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Providing Value Based Incentives to Align Safety Net Providers with ONC Health IT Standards of Care

Agency Award

  • Alek Sripipatana
  • Hank Hoang
  • Kristen Hansen
  • Bonnie Ohri
  • Josh Bolton

Created a reward system to incentivize federally qualified health centers to use Electronic Health Records to increase efficiency in all aspects of patient care. This initiative has led to positive health outcomes for 28+ million patients.

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Department of Commerce

  • Abigail Harley
  • Keeley Kent
  • Karen Palmigiano
  • Aja Szumylo
  • Department of Commerce

    Maximized Pacific Coast groundfish commercial and recreational fishing opportunities by streamlining restrictive rules and regulations. These rulemaking actions ensure the productivity and sustainability of West Coast groundfish fisheries and fishing communities through science-based decision-making, saving operators between $50,000 - $100,000 per vessel and creating up to 2,600 jobs.

    Agency Award

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Five-Year Review Process Improvement Team

EPA
  • Ashley Fisseha
  • Lauren Bumba
  • Chrystal Brantley
  • Five-Year Review Process Improvement Team

    Streamlined the review and approval process for Five-Year Review reports, developing a standard operating procedure, as well as in-person and recorded training to teach all participants the new process. Their work eliminated the use of hard copy paper, reduced the chance of duplicate reports, shortened review times, and made it easier to find up-to-date report drafts and templates.

    Agency Award

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Region 5- Water Division efile LEAN Team

EPA
  • Ashley Fisseha
  • Lauren Bumba
  • Chrystal Brantley
  • Region 5- Water Division efile LEAN Team

    Eliminated the use of hard copy paper within the Five Year Review signoff process, reducing paper use and associated costs by 100%. Their efforts have ensured high quality, eliminated redundant reviews and forms, streamlined the initial and final review processes, and increased participant satisfaction by 10% within 2 months.

    Agency Award

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AMERICA Internal Controls Application Project Team

DOE
  • Scott Anderson
  • Mindy Bledsoe
  • Karin Dasuki
  • Lynn Harshman
  • Rich Tomlinson
  • AMERICA Internal Controls Application Project Team

    Replaced an outdated controls application process with a new web-based system, featuring user-friendly input, upfront data validations, automated workflow, dashboards, and expanded reporting. This work improved customer service, usability, data quality, accountability, transparency, and the prioritization of high-value work.

    Agency Award

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Service Area Need Assessment Methodology Team

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Service Area Need Assessment Methodology Team

Agency Award

  • Amy Harbaugh
  • Matt Kozar
  • Jessamy Taylor
  • Heather Lee
  • Jennifer Joseph
  • Iran Naqvi

Increased access to affordable, accessible, high quality, and cost-effective primary health care services in underserved areas. The team’s work established a standardized method to assess healthcare need while reducing unnecessary burden.

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Bureau of Primary Care Quality Improvement Council

HHS
  • Adam Robbins
  • Wendy Whitaker
  • Jennifer Eveland
  • Duane McKinley
  • Bureau of Primary Care Quality Improvement Council

    Supported 40+ quality improvement projects to enhance creativity, empower staff, and improve work/life balance. The council had a direct impact on increasing efficiency, quality, cost savings, and quality improvements across the Bureau of Primary Health Care.

    Agency Award

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Accelerated Acquisition Team

DOD
  • Robin Howard
  • Beverly Reinharz
  • Gregory Robinson
  • Natalie Dahm
  • Jason Gregory
  • Accelerated Acquisition Team

    Developed awareness, training, and application of Other Transaction Authorities tools to quickly provide material solutions to warfighters. Their work led to a 60% reduction in documentation and a six month reduction in delivering wargaming capability.

    Agency Award

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Accessible Affordable Housing Team

HUD
  • Lynn Grosso
  • Pamela Zai
  • Jeanine Lafratta
  • Meryl Kanofsky
  • Anne Quesada
  • Accessible Affordable Housing Team

    Negotiated a landmark ten-year agreement providing affordable accessible housing in LA. Their work breaks down barriers that were preventing those with disabilities from finding housing.

    Agency Award

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Adia Brown and OHS Monitoring Team 2019-From Gotcha to Growth

HHS
  • Adia Brown
  • Tamara White
  • Rochelle Logan
  • Adia Brown and OHS Monitoring Team 2019-From Gotcha to Growth

    Improved the Head Start Grantee oversight system by adjusting the way feedback is delivered to grantees. The team fully automated the compliance system, reduced material costs, ensured accurate delivery, and provided meaningful feedback to grantees.

    Agency Award

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Air Force Sustainment Center Innovation Team

DOD
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Air Force Sustainment Center Innovation Team

Agency Award

  • Christopher Blackwell
  • Kristian Olivero
  • Eric Bartlow
  • Jason Mann
  • Ryan Fowler

Completed 400+ Air Force projects, reducing production flow time by more than 2,400 days and reducing cost by $3.7 million. Their application and rapid integration of technologies to real-world challenges advanced readiness and reform in support of our National Defense Strategy.

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Homeland Security Investigations RAVEn Program

DHS
  • Ben Teed
  • Evan Campanella
  • Homeland Security Investigations RAVEn Program

    Developed an analytics IT program (RAVEn), which allows information to be processed and stored quickly from multiple sources. RAVEn has reduced time and taxpayer dollars and has directly improved DHS’ ability to dismantle transnational criminal organizations and protect the nation. The team’s effort saved 6 months of manual processing time and is estimated to save $1.8 million per year.

    Agency Award

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Department of Commerce

  • Bradford Binkley
  • Joanna Stelnicki
  • Robert Dugan
  • Janice Manzaon
  • Peter Meyers
  • Department of Commerce

    Established a communications network across multiple federal law enforcement agencies to identify illegal scrap metal export transactions and procure evidence against violators. Thanks to this team’s diligent work, they dismantled a conspiracy network that was defrauding U.S. and foreign companies.

    Agency Award

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USAID Data Services Team

USAID
  • Brandon Pusteiovskv Mason
  • Scott Thompson
  • USAID Data Services Team

    Enhanced the usage, accessibility, and value of data, analytics, and evidence-based decision-making across USAID. Their efforts help the agency to better use data and evidence to inform policy formulation, strategic planning, project design, project management and adaptation, and program monitoring and evaluation.

    Agency Award

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Comply Chain Redesign Team

DOL
  • Chanda Uluca
  • Claudia Guidi
  • Austin Pedersen
  • Kyle Livingston
  • James Gyenes
  • Comply Chain Redesign Team

    Redesigned the Comply Chain mobile application by reducing load times, increasing storage size, and implementing new features. The team improved the tool’s overall functionality and usability by the business community.

    Agency Award

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Environmental Protection Agency

  • Carlos Rivera
  • Darrel Collier
  • Environmental Protection Agency

    Identified 42 “standardized positions” based on risk and sensitivity, allowing hiring managers and HR specialists to more quickly compile their packages, process personnel actions, and complete submissions. Their work significantly reduced the time and cost burden required to carry out the onboarding process.

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Chief Information Officers Council

CIOC nsf HHS gsa
  • Chezian Sivagnanaman
  • George Santangelo
  • William Cahoe
  • Nicholas Daly
  • Ellis Steven
  • Chief Information Officers Council

    Implemented tools to minimize duplication and overlap of research grants. This work will provide real-time notifications to participating organizations about proposal information determined to be the most valuable for sharing across participating organizations, reducing potential duplication and saving time.

    Council Award

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FY2020 Q1-CID ELMS Team

EPA
  • Christopher Brooks
  • James Beaty
  • Virginia Abraham
  • Bill Stevens
  • Jeanne Proctor
  • FY2020 Q1-CID ELMS Team

    Streamlined the process for routing non-criminal matters to civil staff at EPA. Their efforts reduced the process from six steps to two, saving desk officers up to two hours per day.

    Agency Award

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National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service

HHS
  • Candice Maynard
  • Meghan Alleyne
  • Deborah Pearson
  • Robert Zablocki
  • National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service

    Expanded the National Cancer Institute’s “Live Chat” to include a new feature designed to capture information such as health status and disease characteristics. The team’s utilization of technology led to 3,000+ interactions, improving operations and increasing client satisfaction in just three months.

    Agency Award

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Office of Mission Support - Phased Retirement Team

EPA
  • Christina Hines
  • Ramona Conway
  • Cheri Hembrey
  • Caterina Gillikin
  • Jerry Haworth
  • Office of Mission Support - Phased Retirement Team

    Streamlined and automated the phased retirement process, saving the agency over $2 million. By automating the system, they reduced the time by 66% and eliminated the delay from supervisor to supervisor processing.

    Agency Award

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Chief Information Officers Council

CIOC HUD
  • David Chow
  • Kevin Cooke
  • Kathleen Cheeseman
  • Robert Arrington
  • Kelly Wong
  • Chief Information Officers Council

    Modernized five of HUD’s most critical business systems by migrating them to a cloud-based application suite. Their work enabled functional and technical enhancements to be completed quicker at a lower cost, saving taxpayers $8 million.

    Council Award

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Operation Corregidor

DHS
  • Douglas McDonnell
  • Martin Conley
  • John Clifton
  • Brendan O’rourke
  • Christopher Fitzpatrick
  • Operation Corregidor

    Investigated an international child sexual exploitation operation resulting in the rescue of 114 children, 47 arrests, and 17 convictions.

    Agency Award

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Nebraska Flood Response Team

  • Dennis Kohler
  • Toby Cox
  • Hunter Ray
  • Rosalynn Days-Austin
  • Lori Miller
  • Nebraska Flood Response Team

    Mobilized GIS specialists with low-level aerial surveillance to immediately respond to the most urgent needs on the ground during the major flooding along the Missouri River in 2019, covering 25,176 miles over 9 days. The team identified 188 survey points and forwarded the data to the appropriate state/federal agency, allowing them to make timely decisions and take appropriate actions to identify hazards and protect livestock.

    Agency Award

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Deep Energy Retrofits Team

GSA
  • Kinga Porst Hydras
  • Sharon Conger
  • Deep Energy Retrofits Team

    Developed best practices to achieve larger energy savings and more energy efficient federal buildings. The team’s work helps federal buildings reduce long-term operating costs, reduce vulnerabilities to energy price vitality, meet energy reduction mandates, and create manufacturing, construction, and engineering jobs.

    Agency Award

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Defense Personal Property (DPS) Team

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Defense Personal Property (DPS) Team

Agency Award

  • Dale Shelton
  • Rob Leibold
  • Lt Col Lisa Ryan
  • Linda Hum
  • John Black
  • Kipp Reed
  • Brian Perkins
  • Michael Feathers
  • Amorella (Amie) Davis

Transformed the Defense Personal Property System (DPS), which manages military and DoD civilian relocation and personal property storage. The new system cut hosting costs in half and increased DPS reliability to 98.9%.

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Deobligation Recovery & Aged Audits Team

HUD
  • Jamal Bouaichi
  • Michelle Bennet
  • Christopher Davies
  • Brian Murray
  • Paul Gvozdov
  • Deobligation Recovery & Aged Audits Team

    Returned $167 million in appropriations to the Office of Housing to support housing programs for low income, homeless, and struggling families nationwide. The funds will be utilized through HUD housing programs to encourage self-sufficiency and financial stability and to reduce the average length of homelessness.

    Agency Award

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Digital Aviation Readiness Technology, Engine (DART-E) Team

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Digital Aviation Readiness Technology, Engine (DART-E) Team

Agency Award

  • Benjamin Michlin
  • Jarrod Groves
  • Sean Blackman
  • Joshua Duclos
  • Dean Lee

Developed machine-learning models to track and predict aviation fleet readiness. Their work analyzes historical information to seamlessly view data and predict future performance, improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and readiness of the Naval Aviation Enterprise.

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DoD Contracts Management Reform Team

DoD PIC
  • Waldemar Koscinski
  • Kristina Schneider
  • Sherry Wellmer
  • Kaitlyn Faillace
  • James Carlin
  • DoD Contracts Management Reform Team

    Evaluated over $43 billion worth of contracts to identify potential cost-savings, resulting in the estimated savings of over $1.5 billion over a five-year period.

    Council Award

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AVS Business Services Branch Team

DOT
  • Eric Dunlap
  • Matthew Todd
  • Michael Hogge
  • Malcolm Little
  • Christopher Couture
  • AVS Business Services Branch Team

    Realized cost avoidances and savings of more than $1.2 million due to lean business practices across its diverse portfolio of management programs. Their activities ensure sustainability and compliance with environmental regulations, provide IT services and infrastructure, and optimize space to avoid unnecessary costs in the large AVS office space portfolio.

    Agency Award

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Office of Credit Risk Management

SBA
  • Edward Ledford
  • Susan Streich
  • Office of Credit Risk Management

    Implemented an improved loan guaranty process that increased program integrity, reduced risk through a rigorous review process, and decreased response time. This process was implemented nationally and will reduce program cost and save taxpayers money.

    Agency Award

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High Performance Computing Incubator Team

NASA
  • Edward Glaessgen
  • Scott Striepe
  • Eric Nielsen
  • Cara Leckey
  • High Performance Computing Incubator Team

    Created a streamlined “mini-app” for rapid algorithm development on next generation architectures. They have achieved numerous major breakthroughs in speeding up codes across several key areas for NASA’s missions, including Entry-Decent and Landing (EDL), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Materials (CM), and Computational Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE).

    Agency Award

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OHRS Furlough Team

SBA
  • Elias Hernandez
  • Tanya Bennett
  • Valencia Dickens
  • Charles Brinkley
  • Shenita Hamlin
  • OHRS Furlough Team

    Ensured continuous, outstanding service to the Small Business Administration during the 2018/2019 government shutdown. The team maintained a high morale, proactively resolved issues, and minimized financial loss.

    Agency Award

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VA Enterprise Governance Team

VA
  • Melissa Glynn
  • Dat Tran
  • Shana Love Holmon
  • Debra Walker
  • VA Enterprise Governance Team

    Implemented a program to more efficiently deliver healthcare services for millions of American Veterans. The team improved policies, procedures, and instituted an enterprise governance framework that enhanced decision making, transparency, and accountability.

    Agency Award

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FATCA 6.3 Release Team

Treasury
  • Yoly Decelian
  • Edith Edusei Poku
  • Ernest John Leonardini
  • Tracy D. Smith
  • Keith Russo
  • FATCA 6.3 Release Team

    Developed an automated system providing taxpayers with one-stop access to the IRS. They replaced the paper-driven process with a user-friendly, accessible option increasing voluntary compliance with US withholding and reporting requirements.

    Agency Award

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FHA Customer Transformation Team

HUD
  • Natalia Yee
  • Silas Vaughn
  • Casey Calvert
  • Diane Williams
  • Emily Gilcrest
  • FHA Customer Transformation Team

    Streamlined refund and adjustment requests from lenders, saving staff over 2,100 hours of work time. Their efforts reduced request processing time from 60 to 21 days.

    Agency Award

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Fair Housing Risk Assessment Team

HUD
  • Andrew Kewer
  • Staci Gillman
  • Jessica Bernacci
  • Ashley Lowe
  • Carlos Osequeda
  • Fair Housing Risk Assessment Team

    Used the Risk Assessment Tool to identify noncompliance with fair housing and civil rights requirements for more than 6,500 Community Planning and Development (CPD) grantees, Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), and multifamily property owners. Their work ensures housing equity and effective use of staff resources.

    Agency Award

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FedBizOpps (FBO) Transition Team

GSA
  • Judith Zawatsky
  • Vicky Niblett
  • Meredith Whitehead
  • Nancy Goode
  • Matthew Mcguire
  • FedBizOpps (FBO) Transition Team

    Upgraded the long-standing Integrated Award Environment system by merging it into the new beta.SAM.gov. Their modernized, more efficient customer-friendly system makes contracting opportunities easier, saving both the federal government and business customers time and resources.

    Agency Award

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Financial Transformation Team

HUD
  • Nita Nigam
  • Anna Butler
  • Terri Dawson
  • Myrna Gordon
  • Otis Jones
  • Financial Transformation Team

    Streamlined business processes and improved internal controls that impact Financial Reporting in the CFO’s Office of Accounting. The team has remediated a material weakness from FY’s 2018 audit report, developed SOPs that will help close multiple audit recommendations, and improved data in the accounting systems to achieve greater compliance with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act.

    Agency Award

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HRSA AskHR Helpdesk

HHS
  • Georgia Lyons
  • Chris Krasias
  • Renee Lennox
  • Collin Ford
  • Chandra Peek
  • HRSA AskHR Helpdesk

    Created an in-house incident management ticketing system to replace a call center. Their work helped Directors manage workloads, reduce HR costs, and identify risks that could potentially impact customer service.

    Agency Award

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Hunt and Incidence Response Team

DHS
  • Geoffery Ensley
  • Douglas Hennefent
  • Hunt and Incidence Response Team

    Developed the DHS Emergency Directive for Cybersecurity to better protect citizens when they interact with government services over the internet.

    Agency Award

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GSA FEDSIM HYTIP Project Team

GSA
  • Michael Liss
  • Michael Chappelle
  • Marius Morgan
  • Spencer Burns
  • Keith Parks
  • GSA FEDSIM HYTIP Project Team

    Awarded a $212 million Task Order for the Air Force Arnold Engineering and Development Center, Hypersonic Test and Evaluation Investment Program. The team ensured cost-competitiveness to allow the contract to deliver a groundbreaking operational clean air test and evaluation capability for hypersonic aircraft.

    Agency Award

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GSA/OPM Partnership to Modernize IT

GSA
  • David Shive
  • Beth Killoran
  • Lesley Briante
  • Anil Cheriyan
  • GSA/OPM Partnership to Modernize IT

    Provided OPM with consulting, contracting, and technical expertise to stabilize IT operations and ensure continuity of operations. Through the work of this cross-functional team, OPM was able to address its urgent IT needs necessary to continue its mission.

    Agency Award

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GSA's RPA Program Team

GSA DHS DOD PIC
  • Gerard Badorrek
  • James Geoghegan
  • Shang-Jeo Gaublomme
  • James Gregory
  • Erica Thomas
  • GSA's RPA Program Team

    Implemented Robotic Process Automation (RPA) across GSA, which helped accelerate its adoption government-wide. The team’s work helped to deploy 33 RPA “bots,” saving 65,000+ employee hours and allowing employees to focus on higher-value work.

    Council Award

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Troy Grenier

Department of Defense

Troy Grenier

Pioneered a performance monitoring process, allowing funding organizations to track and report cost in near real-time. Mr. Grenier’s work improved audit reporting and enabled Program Managers to more quickly identify and react to performance issues, resulting in significant cost and schedule delay avoidance.

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PAGES Data System Team

HHS
  • Hilary Bruck
  • Kim Stupica-Dobbs
  • Nicole Constance
  • Lauren Deutsch
  • Dvora Wilensky
  • PAGES Data System Team

    Modernized the collection and use of data for a large federal grant program, helping to inform policy and promote results-oriented accountability, program improvement, and evaluation.

    Agency Award

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NAS Information Security Group Team

DOT
  • Hector Morales
  • Linda Santon
  • Kristof Preisner
  • Doug Guido
  • Kelly Algozzini
  • NAS Information Security Group Team

    Provided impactful cybersecurity services and solutions through the Cybersecurity Enterprise Engineering Facility. Their efforts have significantly improved the ATO’s ability to dynamically assess cybersecurity risks and target remediation activities around vulnerabilities and threats that pose the highest risk to air traffic operations.

    Agency Award

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High Level Radioactive Waste Interpretation Policy Change Team

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High Level Radioactive Waste Interpretation Policy Change Team

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  • Mark Sanderling
  • Betsy Connell
  • Theresa Kliczewski
  • Jamie Joyce
  • Julia Shenk

Accelerated the disposal and closure of high-level radioactive waste sites. The team’s work enables the DOE to more effectively clean and dispose of hazardous waste while maintaining safety as a top priority.

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Housing Choice Voucher Utilization Dashboards Team

HUD
  • Becky Primaeux
  • Patrick Hatch
  • Marika Bertram
  • Christopher Stevens
  • Housing Choice Voucher Utilization Dashboards Team

    Created two interactive dashboards that display key performance metrics for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program and the special purpose vouchers within HCV. This work gives PIH’s leadership and field staff an accurate picture of national trends, assists in risk monitoring, and helps predict which PHAs have the potential for budget shortfalls.

    Agency Award

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Housing Choice Voucher Physical Inspections Team

HUD
  • Luis Casillas
  • Alphonso Gamble
  • Elizabeth Basirico
  • Casey Kelly
  • George Forbes
  • Housing Choice Voucher Physical Inspections Team

    Developed an app, Inspection ExAM4, now used to conduct an average of 5,000 inspections each month. By merging technology and data, the team streamlined the inspection process and increased customer satisfaction from 22% to 84%.

    Agency Award

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ECC & Annex Consolidation Team

GSA
  • Emily Adams
  • Scott Palmer
  • Tony Teti
  • Charlie Hearn
  • John McFadden
  • ECC & Annex Consolidation Team

    Consolidated 100% of the IRS Annex function into the ECC in a mission to reduce data center space nationally. Their efforts eliminated 122,475 square feet of government leased space, saving $3 million in lease costs and creating an efficient mobile work environment through desk sharing.

    Agency Award

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Idaho National Laboratory Sheep Fire Response Team

DOE
  • Trevor Bluth
  • R Dary Newbry
  • Michael Goriup
  • Lance Lacroix
  • J Brian Latham
  • Idaho National Laboratory Sheep Fire Response Team

    Supported response efforts for the Sheep Fire at the Idaho National Laboratory through emergency response shift support. The team’s rapid response helped contain the fire and ensure the safety of personnel and facilities.

    Agency Award

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Improving Financial Reporting and Audit Model

Treasury
  • Jamie Saling
  • Missy Williams
  • Mike Conley
  • Janis Doak
  • Joe Lynch
  • Improving Financial Reporting and Audit Model

    Modernized the audit model for government-wide financial data, improving financial reporting and transparency. Their work improves data quality and better positions the federal government to use financial data as a strategic asset.

    Agency Award

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INSIGHT Product Management Team

SSA
  • Kurt Glaze
  • Robyn Konkel
  • Michael Smith
  • Magan Leary
  • INSIGHT Product Management Team

    Developed an innovative software that improves the quality, consistency, and efficiency of the disability adjudication process. Their work increased recognition of quality issues, significantly reduced returns of case recommendations, and reduced relevant portions of case processing time.

    Agency Award

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Air and Marine Operations Coordination Team

DHS
  • Jeffrey Davies
  • Anthony Williams
  • Eric Terry
  • Kevin Krogh
  • Kimberly Ramsey
  • Air and Marine Operations Coordination Team

    Coordinated the continuous deployment of interagency personnel and resources for national security. Their work provided extraordinary situational awareness, enabling thorough executive decision making and interoperability.

    Agency Award

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ORD-Water Treatment Technology Transfer Team

EPA
  • James Goodrich
  • Amelia McCall
  • John Hall
  • ORD-Water Treatment Technology Transfer Team

    Developed an easy-to-use technology to provide emergency rapid response treatment of drinking water. Ultimately, mobile water treatment systems were supplied to all of the 78 municipalities in Puerto Rico, impacting an estimated 221,000 residents.

    Agency Award

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Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Justin Isbell
  • Bennet Gebken
  • Molly Gati
  • Department of Veterans Affairs

    Implemented process automation for 40% of disability compensation claims. Their work improved stakeholder relationships and reduced the amount of time and resources needed to process claims.

    Agency Award

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Electronic Departmental Order (eDO) Team

DOJ
  • Joshua Cutler
  • Charles Smith
  • Julie Greynolds
  • Renee McCartney
  • Paula Zirkle
  • Electronic Departmental Order (eDO) Team

    Implemented a firearm appeal process allowing the public to submit requests and receive responses electronically. Their efforts reduced response times by over 95%, decreased staffing needs by over 70%, and improved customer experience.

    Agency Award

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Department of Veterans Affairs

  • John Shriver
  • Dayna Ribnikar
  • Christopher Watts
  • Earl Richardson
  • Department of Veterans Affairs

    Created a modernized environment for the Appeals Management Office Operations Team to successfully process Appeals Modernization Act claims in a timely manner. The team also improved their output by upgrading systems and processes and providing the necessary tools for claims processors in the field.

    Agency Award

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Idaho Cleanup Project Team

DOE
  • Jim Malmo
  • Doug Pruitt
  • Jack Zimmerman
  • Mike Goriup
  • Tally Jenkins
  • Idaho Cleanup Project Team

    Processed 65,000 cubic meters of legacy transuranic radioactive debris for disposal, protecting the drinking water of over 300,000 Idaho residents. The team’s work provided direction and oversight to use innovative retrieval concepts, robotics, and automated treatment processes.

    Agency Award

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National Archives and Records Administration

NARA
  • Jennifer Klein
  • Hannah Bergman
  • Rana Khandekar
  • Erica Bell
  • National Archives and Records Administration

    Expanded the reach of timely, effective ethics advice and training. As a result, the team reached over 1,250 NARA employees nationwide by utilizing engaging technology and other multimedia platforms.

    Agency Award

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ASDE-X Taxiway Arrival Prediction Team

DOT
  • Jacqueline Wiese
  • Jeff Lohr
  • James (Rusty) Dean
  • Chuck Massicotte
  • Josiah Jackson
  • ASDE-X Taxiway Arrival Prediction Team

    Developed the Taxiway Arrival Prediction capability to identify potential risks before they result in aircraft collisions or injuries. This proactive approach reduces the chances of an accident resulting from landing on a taxiway instead of the intended runway.

    Agency Award

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SBA Compliance Team

SBA
  • Joseph Loddo
  • John Valliere
  • Richard Vogler
  • Michael Simmons
  • SBA Compliance Team

    Improved SBA’s audit compliance functions through facilitation sessions with program officers and auditors to resolve outstanding issues and areas of disagreement. Their efforts revolutionized enterprise-wide compliance functions, increasing SBA’s GAO audit implementation rate to 96% and reducing unresolved recommendations from 199 in 2014 to 65 in 2019.

    Agency Award

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Tax Compliance Check Service Team

Treasury
  • Janet Miner
  • Klaudia Villegas
  • Dawn Malan
  • Joseph Parker
  • Ankur Bassi
  • Tax Compliance Check Service Team

    Created the IRS Tax Compliance Check Service, automating and modernized the work of checking tax compliance for individuals. By applying technology to this process, they were able to significantly reduce the wait time to receive a tax compliance check.

    Agency Award

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Texas Service Center EOIR Data Team

DHS
  • James Bowen
  • Lawrence Barry
  • Jeffrey Terry
  • Charles Bullard
  • Texas Service Center EOIR Data Team

    Streamlined the identification of criminal cases for USCIS’ Background Check Unit through collaboration with partners at the DOJ. The team’s work led to a more efficient and effective vetting process, generating a daily average of 600 positive criminal cases, freeing up time to be spent on the most critical cases.

    Agency Award

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Department of Veterans Affairs

  • jeffrey S. Pearson
  • Mark L. Hawkins
  • Deanna S. Devos
  • Lamoyd Figures
  • Leland Bermudez
  • Department of Veterans Affairs

    Implemented the Competency Based Training System program to transform the way vocational rehab counselors demonstrate proficiency in job skills. This system eliminated inefficiency while increasing the time available for direct service to Veterans.

    Agency Award

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

  • Jeff Mitchell
  • Mike Case
  • Jack Cushing
  • John Lane
  • Evan Davidson
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    Implemented five Enterprise-Wide Agreements to DOE laboratories, ensuring that each one was tailored to the unique capabilities of each laboratory. Their creative efforts made acquisitions at the NRC more efficient, effective, and mission-oriented.

    Agency Award

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Chief Acquisition Officers Council

CAOC dod
  • Joel Pitel
  • Marcia Cruz
  • Mark Ascione
  • Maria Papet
  • Juana Perez
  • Leontine Thompson
  • Chief Acquisition Officers Council

    Designed an innovative acquisition strategy that improved essential communication services with a new cost-effective wireless solution. The team’s work is expected to save $157 million for the DoD and VA within five years.

    Council Award

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Community Lifelines Team

DHS
  • Jeremy Greenberg
  • Peter Danjczek
  • Benjamin Cabana
  • Jessica Quintanilla
  • Tommi Tyler
  • Community Lifelines Team

    Revolutionized national emergency management practices through the development and release of the Lifeline Toolkit, Incident Stabilization Guide, and the revised National Response Framework.

    Agency Award

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Ground-Based Detect and Avoid Team

DOT
  • Jason Glaneuski
  • Peter Kennett
  • Dylan Hasson
  • Chiemi Heil
  • Ground-Based Detect and Avoid Team

    Developed a ground-based detect and avoid capability, allowing remote Unmanned Aircraft Systems operators to detect and avoid other aircraft. As a result, this new capability provides a safety level equivalent to a pilot operating under visual or instrument flight rules and a 90-95% probability of detecting other aircraft, well above the 80 percent requirement for terminal radar sources.

    Agency Award

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Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Jim Cunningham
  • Paul Shute
  • Howard P. Wilson
  • Department of Veterans Affairs

    Modernized the claims adjudication process through the creation of a geo-spatial information system to determine veteran benefit eligibility. As a result, the VA can rapidly adjudicate claims from 520,000 potential eligible veterans.

    Agency Award

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Department of Commerce

  • John Haberstock
  • Scott Anderson
  • Michael Bloomfield
  • Department of Commerce

    Identified 4,190 shell companies owned by Iran and North Korea, illuminating new illegal procurement pathways and providing a repository for the law enforcement and intelligence community to identify and mitigate future threats.

    Agency Award

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Chief Financial Officers Council

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  • Joe Pika
  • Tricia Long
  • TJ Jackson
  • Greg Paige
  • Aimee Shadder
  • Chief Financial Officers Council

    Identified specific data elements that can be used to pre-check federal payment eligibility criteria. Their work revealed root causes of improper payments, allowing agencies to implement process improvements to save taxpayers money.

    Council Award

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Robotics Process Automation (RPA) Program Team

GSA
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Robotics Process Automation (RPA) Program Team

Agency Award

  • Kathy Hammer
  • Erik Dorman
  • Anthony Cavallo
  • Brian Mooers
  • Alicia Saucedo de Flores

Implemented Robotics Process Automation, deploying 33 bots that have saved 70,000 work hours across GSA business functions. The team will continue to increase the efficiency of the agency and accelerate RPA adoption government-wide.

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Simplified Classification Team

NASA
  • Kelly Elliott
  • Joanna Lange
  • Joan Davidson
  • Cherie Carlson
  • Andrea Britton
  • Simplified Classification Team

    Developed a streamlined, efficient classification process to meet expedited workforce movement in support of the Moon to Mars mission and other agency priorities. Their efforts resulted in labor reduction as well as savings in time and effort for customers by removing the need to write specific functional duties at each center for each job.

    Agency Award

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Kobayashi Maru, Space and Missile Systems Center

DOD
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Kobayashi Maru, Space and Missile Systems Center

Agency Award

  • Jennifer Krolikowski
  • Ned Jones
  • Stevie Medeiros
  • Ken Thill
  • Doug McFarland

Developed an enterprise-level ecosystem responsive to the dynamic and evolving threats found in space. Their agile software practices allow for capability deliveries within days as opposed to years.

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OEM ULO ELMS Team

EPA
  • Kerron Weston
  • Lavone Martinez
  • Nick Nichols
  • Bonyonoh Wojloh
  • Ryan Mills
  • OEM ULO ELMS Team

    Improved the processing of Unliquidated Obligations (ULO) by using Lean Management Principles. The team is expected to recover over $300,000 by early FY2020.

    Agency Award

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H-1B Data Hub Working Group

DHS
  • Katherine Lotspeich
  • Limary Suarez
  • Patricia Mckenzie
  • Alexandria Echevarria
  • H-1B Data Hub Working Group

    Developed the H-1B employer data hub in response to the demand for more public information on employment-based visa programs. This work increases transparency and allows the public to understand the impact of the H-1B program.

    Agency Award

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Chief Financial Officers Council

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  • Kate Oliver
  • Lisa Romney
  • Steve Kunze
  • Tyson Whitney
  • Reed Waller
  • Chief Financial Officers Council

    Helped drive government-wide improvements in DATA Act data quality. Their work improved communication and information sharing between the agency and the agency inspector general, and increased coordination and openness to feedback during the audit and review processes.

    Council Award

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CMS Patients over Paperwork Initiative

HHS
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CMS Patients over Paperwork Initiative

Agency Award

  • Kate Goodrich
  • Mary Greene
  • Leslie Welsh Flaherty
  • Suzanne Martin-Devroye
  • Stefanie Costello

Launched the Patients over Paperwork initiative to systematically identify and eliminate regulatory and administrative burden. As a result, the team has targeted over 1,000 areas of burden so far, resulting in billions of dollars and millions of hours saved.

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R6 - Region 6 Pesticide Import Team

EPA
  • Kristin Dunbar
  • Nabil Mzee
  • Sidrah Khan
  • R6 - Region 6 Pesticide Import Team

    Applied readily-available technology to multiple projects, enhancing customer experience and expediting turnaround time. As a result, the credentialing process was reduced from about one year to two weeks.

    Agency Award

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Digital Investigations Branch

HHS
  • Luke Erickson
  • Dane Ritcheson
  • Lowell Floyd
  • Jarek Paduch
  • Jonathan Ramos
  • Digital Investigations Branch

    Provided digital forensic support for an unprecedented number of fraud search warrant operations. The Data Integrity Board’s efforts played an integral role in identifying and delivering critical digital evidence to investigators, helping to dismantle one of the largest healthcare fraud schemes.

    Agency Award

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OSHA Region IV Voluntary Protection Plan Customer Service

DOL
  • Leigh Jackson
  • Ivory Williams
  • Daniel DeHart
  • Americo Pagen
  • OSHA Region IV Voluntary Protection Plan Customer Service

    Improved the customer service for voluntary protection program applicants by creating a one-on-one assistance program that helps companies through the application process. The team was able to eliminate a backlog of new applicants and provide safer workplaces.

    Agency Award

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Billings Area Opioid Stewardship Dashboard Team

HHS
  • Larron Dolence
  • Ryan Macdonald
  • Billings Area Opioid Stewardship Dashboard Team

    Used innovative technology to create an interactive “Opioid Stewardship” dashboard that enhances the use of data, accountability, and transparency to help address the national opioid crisis. The dashboard can process 1.5 million patient encounters and organize data into usable information to uncover trends, enhance accountability, and reduce risk.

    Agency Award

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Lab-to-Market Strategy Teams

OMB
  • Courtney Silverthorn
  • John Dement
  • Mark Rohrbaugh
  • Matthew McMahon
  • Mojdeh Bahar
  • Lab-to-Market Strategy Teams

    Led efforts to develop milestones for each of the Lab-to-Market CAP Goal strategies, which work to improve the $150 billion annual Federal Government investment in research and development. The team’s work streamlined regulation, reduced administrative burden, increased private sector engagement, and improved innovative technology transfer tools and services.

    Agency Award

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Leveraging the Power of Innovation Team

HUD
  • Melajo Kubacki
  • Van Tran
  • Scott Barber
  • Anthony Smith
  • Heather Ramussen
  • Leveraging the Power of Innovation Team

    Applied Robotics Process Automation to improve five processes across the organization. Their efforts saved over 5,000 staff hours, triggered a culture change, and laid the foundation for financial transformation.

    Agency Award

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Department of Commerce

  • Michael Bollinger
  • Ari Kozlow
  • R. Elizabeth Abraha
  • Zachary Klein
  • Department of Commerce

    Detected a complex illegal mail repackaging export scheme, resulting in civil penalties of $44 million. This successful conviction will act as a deterrent in the future and increase compliance with export control laws.

    Agency Award

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SBA Cloud Based CDM Pilot Team

SBA CIOC
  • Maria Roat
  • Guy Cavallo
  • Sanjay Gupta
  • jeffrey Harris
  • James Saunders
  • SBA Cloud Based CDM Pilot Team

    Leveraged cloud-native tools to successfully complete a pilot to meet Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) cybersecurity objectives. Using fewer products and cloud-based tools will improve cybersecurity protection with a faster implementation time at a lower cost.

    Council Award

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One MSHA Enforcement Initiative Application Development Team

DOL
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One MSHA Enforcement Initiative Application Development Team

Agency Award

  • Mary Nettles
  • Ibrahim Chaudhry
  • Tiffany Blair
  • Kerbi Jacobson
  • Reza Noorani

Streamlined the Mine Safety and Health Administration inspection process and IT requirements. The team’s work helped execute enforcement activities more efficiently and effectively, reduced travel time for inspectors, and increased inspector time with miners and operators.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Mick Worstell
  • Jeremy Cernik
  • Adam B. Kinder
  • Alan Carter
  • David Walsh
  • Department of Veterans Affairs

    Analyzed criminal information and provided analytical assistance to find and apprehend five individuals coordinating an identity-theft and fraud scheme that targeted service members and veterans. The team’s efforts have prevented this scheme from compromising thousands of veterans’ personal and bank account information.

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

  • Meghan Blair
  • Jawanza Gibbs-Nicholson
  • Min Lee
  • Kelly Riner
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    Developed a process to validate the accuracy of staff time charges and contractor payments prior to issuing invoices to licensees. Their work enhanced internal controls in the fee billing validation process, increased transparency and accuracy of financial data, and improved accountability to licensees.

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Department of Commerce

  • Mark Luce
  • Nolan Brandenburg
  • Jacob Ricker
  • Jay Hendricks
  • Department of Commerce

    Developed innovative encasement technologies to preserve, protect, and provide public access to seven historical documents dating back to before the founding of the United States. Since the re-encasement was completed, over one million people have visited the preserved documents at several public facilities.

    Agency Award

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Artificial Intelligence Exchange

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  • Margaret Lentz
  • Pamela Isom
  • Wendy Wiles
  • Artificial Intelligence Exchange

    Implemented the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Exchange, allowing users to reduce duplicative efforts across mission spaces and increase the education and adoption of AI throughout the Department of Energy.

    Council Award

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Midwest Multifamily Technology Team

HUD
  • Joshua Osbourne
  • Elterro Carroll
  • Larry Mundt
  • Mike Moran
  • Keri Wendell
  • Midwest Multifamily Technology Team

    Developed an Annual Financial Statement review sheet that has generated over $250,000 man-hour cost savings per year per region. The tools they built standardize how work is completed, give staff access to vital information in an easy-to-use format, promote efficiency, and utilize data that was not previously available.

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Chief Information Officers Council

DOJ CIOC
  • Nickolous Ward
  • Gabriela Smith-Sherman
  • Daphna Shai
  • Larry Tun
  • Chief Information Officers Council

    Expanded the use of the Security Operations Center as a Service (SOCaaS), providing 24/7 cybersecurity support to Federal organizations. The team plans to onboard more agencies in FY20, enhancing the security posture across the Federal government.

    Council Award

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National Performance Metrics Dashboard Team

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National Performance Metrics Dashboard Team

Agency Award

  • Denise Cleveland-Leggett
  • Christopher Taylor
  • Timothy Smyth
  • Akshaya Suresh
  • Amit Kumar

Developed the National Performance Metrics Dashboard that collects data from programs across HUD to set targets for critical Secretarial and Departmental initiatives. Their work helps teams understand what needs to happen in their community and then document their effort and results.

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VADS Modernization Team

DOL
  • Omer Erenulu
  • Deena Al-Mohamed
  • Whitney Hymes
  • Douglas Kalinowski
  • Sherman Williamson
  • VADS Modernization Team

    Modernized the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program automated database system, expanding its capabilities to include tracking, reporting, and elimination of redundant information. By centralizing records, the team minimized internal paperwork, improved data accuracy, enhanced the speed of reporting, and improved program oversight.

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OPM Executive Transition Team

OPM
  • Dennis Coleman
  • Tyshawn Thomas
  • Nicole Evans
  • Clare Martorana
  • Margaret Pearson
  • OPM Executive Transition Team

    Transitioned the National Background Investigation Bureau from OPM to the Department of Defense with no adverse impact to the continuity of operations or the work of over 3,000 employees.

    Agency Award

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USAID's Operations Performance Team

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  • Margaret Mesaros
  • Erin Brown
  • Evander Baker
  • Maggie Strong
  • Chris Meservy
  • USAID's Operations Performance Team

    Improved the efficiency of USAID operations through seven major management analyses. The team’s work saved over 6,400 employee hours.

    Council Award

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Oral Health Integration

HHS
  • Dr. Suma Nair
  • Vy Nguyen
  • Cuong Bui
  • Chinyere Amaefule
  • Sue Lin
  • Oral Health Integration

    Implemented a data-driven training and technical assistance strategy to increase the precision of dental sealants, adoption of evidence-based interventions, optimization of health IT systems, and quality in health centers. Their work improved access to high quality pediatric oral health care in underserved communities.

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The National Diabetes Prevention Program Customer Service Center

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The National Diabetes Prevention Program Customer Service Center

Agency Award

  • Philip Jacobs
  • Ann L. Albright
  • Miriam Bell
  • Patricia Schumacher
  • Robert Hancock

Launched the National Diabetes Prevention Program Customer Service Center, which provides a repository of articles, recorded webinars, and answers to frequently asked questions. As a result of their efforts, the site has provided enhanced customer experience and reduced the need for individualized program support.

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VET TEC Team

  • Peter Nastasi
  • Beth Wesser
  • Michael Johnson
  • Jerome Golombek
  • VET TEC Team

    Managed a nationwide education program offering veterans more accessible employment opportunities through high-tech, accelerated learning programs.

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Department of Commerce

  • Pamela Sullivan
  • Dan Lindsey
  • Harry Cikanek
  • Joseph Pica
  • Vanessa Griffin
  • Department of Commerce

    Restored the functionality of NOAA’s new weather satellite following a visibility defect. The team’s innovative techniques and coordinated approach restored the satellite’s ability to observe critical weather conditions across the Western Hemisphere, such as hurricanes, fires, and volcanic activity, with minimal data loss. This team’s response to the crisis restored the value of the nation’s $1 billion investment.

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NTIS Team

DOC
  • Patricia Cullum
  • Kathleen Kaplan
  • Patrick Lee
  • Patricia Gresham
  • Simone Gills
  • NTIS Team

    Created a common data platform and analytic tools to help address one of the deadliest diseases facing the world today, malaria. This improvement allowed the President’s Malaria Initiative team to draw insight and make evidence-based policy decisions.

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Region 4 Office of Regional Counsel A3

EPA
  • Priscilla Johnson
  • Louann Gross
  • Andrea Hines
  • LaShandra Jones
  • Lisa Ellis
  • Region 4 Office of Regional Counsel A3

    Streamlined the work of processing simple FOIA requests by reducing management review and creating a simplified FOIA checklist for ORC attorneys and Government Information Specialists. Their work decreased the FOIA backlog from 39 to 15 in just five months.

    Agency Award

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St. James Facility Lease Team

DOE
  • Roy Habbaz
  • Christopher Roark
  • Kelly O’Shaughnessy
  • Kelly Gele
  • Tyrone Doss
  • St. James Facility Lease Team

    Managed a complex leasing strategy as part of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The team’s work ensured accountable stewardship and provided protection from potential petroleum supply interruptions.

    Agency Award

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Bureau of Primary Health Care Online and In-Person Onboarding Program

HHS
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Bureau of Primary Health Care Online and In-Person Onboarding Program

Agency Award

  • Ruth Hurtado-Day
  • Christy Nelson
  • Natalie Matthews
  • Yolanda Harris
  • Merlin Martinez

Developed a blended onboarding program to provide productivity training for new and existing staff. As a result, staff are equipped with foundational organizational information, workforce expectations, and tools to succeed in their job.

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MSFC Property Management Group (PMG)

NASA
  • Robbie Saint
  • Deborah Mynatt
  • Travis Chapman
  • Pamela Smith
  • Greg Tate
  • MSFC Property Management Group (PMG)

    Improved stewardship, data accountability, and communication with stakeholders of government property. Their continued efforts increase NASA’s research and development capabilities, saving NASA and taxpayers money.

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Chief Financial Officers Council

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  • Rhea Hubbard
  • Jeannette Mandycz
  • Chief Financial Officers Council

    Created the first set of grant data standards, standardizing the grant management process across the government and reducing the reporting burden. The team’s work is now considered the cornerstone for the future development of grant systems.

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Benefit Coordination & Recovery Center Re-competition & Call Center Modernization

HHS
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Benefit Coordination & Recovery Center Re-competition & Call Center Modernization

Agency Award

  • Rico Batte
  • Mohammed Islam
  • Tamara Jones
  • Steve Forry
  • Gerald Brozyna
  • Juanita Wilson
  • Sherri McQueen

Improved the acquisition management process to increase efficiencies and reduce cost across Health and Human Services. The team reduced the procurement acquisition lead time by four months and saved the government $100+ million.

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ReConnect Team

USDA
  • Mia Jordan
  • Robert Ehrlich
  • Kristin Lough
  • Farwa Naqvi
  • Kenneth Kuchno
  • ReConnect Team

    Reengineered staff and IT processes and systems to implement the pilot Rural Broadband Program. This program’s investment represents over $200 million in grant and loan funding for broadband infrastructure that currently includes 35,270 households.

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Robotics Process Automation Team

USDA
  • Lynn Moaney
  • Ron Woody
  • Adrian Carter
  • Tacy Summersett
  • Ed Reyelts
  • Robotics Process Automation Team

    Implemented the first server-based RPA in the federal government, leveraging information technology and eliminating unnecessary manual efforts. Their federated methodology can be used by other agencies to build their own RPAs.

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Robotics Process Automation

Treasury
  • David Weekley
  • Jillian Eddy
  • James Nigh
  • Robotics Process Automation

    Implemented 30 Robotics Process Automation bots that interact with financial management, procurement, travel, and human resource systems without human interaction. This has reduced processing time of associated tasks by more than 99%, increased processing capacity by more than 100 times, and improved accuracy by removing the potential for human error.

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Department of Commerce

  • Sheng Lin-Gibson
  • Clare allocca
  • Department of Commerce

    Combined technical, organizational, and standards expertise from more than 125 U.S. biotechnology stakeholders to develop unified biotechnology standards. This team’s leadership and strategic thinking informed the development of international biotechnology standards and helped promote biotechnology innovation, manufacturing, and trade.

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Chief Financial Officers Council

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  • Sheila Conley
  • Dave Horn
  • Aileen Burgman
  • Brett Baker
  • Debbie Harker
  • Chief Financial Officers Council

    Improved DATA Act data quality, which impacts strategic decisions, transparency, and services to citizens. These improvements enable agencies to leverage data as a strategic asset for accomplishing their missions and providing greater transparency to the public.

    Council Award

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Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal Improvement Projects Team

  • Steve Forry
  • Jacqueline Cipa
  • Suman Puri
  • Kara Johnson
  • Erica Watkins
  • Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal Improvement Projects Team

    Used human-centered design concepts to improve customer experience for the Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal (MSPRP) and the Commercial Repayment Center Portal (CRCP). As a result, payments can be submitted electronically, providing for enhanced operational efficiency and external customer satisfaction.

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Region 6 eTime Team

EPA
  • Sarah Frey
  • Larry Koss
  • Tony Clifton
  • Margaret Osbourne
  • Region 6 eTime Team

    Developed an online regional timekeeping system that provides employees, supervisors, and timekeepers with several different reports and search functions, and replaces the need for paper forms when requesting new work schedules. Their impactful work is now being adopted nationally.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Spencer Mion
  • Timothy Strebel
  • David Hook
  • Brian Kaiser
  • Cory Litson
  • Department of Veterans Affairs

    Reduced the amount of time it takes for veterans to receive eyeglasses through technology process improvement. Eyeglass orders that previously took a full day to complete can now be completed in minutes, impacting more than 280,000 Veterans.

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DOL IT Platform Team

DOL
  • Samson Teffera
  • Tim Erskine
  • Mike Pulsifer
  • Phanindra Tangirala
  • Gundeep Ahluwalia
  • DOL IT Platform Team

    Adopted the Department of Labor IT Platform enterprise system, which links business processes and business intelligence with technology to deliver strategic capabilities. Their new approach to IT solutions increases inter-agency collaboration and improves the quality and efficiency of citizen-facing services.

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Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) Team

DOE
  • Cynthia Anderson
  • Michael Hill
  • Jill Jonkouski
  • Michael Procario
  • Steven Thiede
  • Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) Team

    Negotiated and created a unique cooperative agreement with the South Dakota Science and Technical Authority to operate the underground research facility for the Department of Energy. The team’s work enables the further study and experimentation of neutrino physics and other disciplines that require the absence of cosmic radiation.

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GSA SmartPay3 Transition Team

GSA
  • GSA SmartPay3 Transition Team

    Managed the successful government-wide transition of 560 participating organizations to the largest, most innovative government charge card and related payment services program worldwide. Their work increases customers’ refund earning potential and offers agencies more efficient operations by substantially reducing the number of vendor invoices to be processed, along with the associated effort and cost.

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New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty/Nuclear Team

DOD
  • Scott Dutkus
  • Edward Smither
  • Javier Orozco
  • Ronald Mclaughlin
  • New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty/Nuclear Team

    Performed 76 onsite nuclear treaty inspections, led missions to shut down nuclear reactors, and conducted 36 inspection missions in the Russian Federation as part of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). Their efforts were important in the further reduction of the threat of weapons of mass destruction.

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Systemic Penalty Relief

Treasury
  • Kylee Johnson
  • Jeremy Green
  • Systemic Penalty Relief

    Identified new methods of applying systemic penalty relief to more than 440,000 taxpayers without filing a claim. Their dedication saved the IRS 400,000 hours of customer service work.

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Modernizing the Protection of United States Citizenship

DOJ
  • Timothy Belsan
  • Anthony Bianco
  • Kathleen Connolly
  • Aram Gavoor
  • Aaron Petty
  • Modernizing the Protection of United States Citizenship

    Modernized enforcement methods used to prosecute terrorists, war criminals, child sex abusers, and violent felons who unlawfully naturalized. Their efforts resulted in a 98% favorable outcome rate in federal courts.

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R3 Planning & Analysis Branch

EPA
  • Tracy Clarke
  • Angela lthier
  • Theresa Johnson
  • jeffrey Fang
  • Allison Ng
  • R3 Planning & Analysis Branch

    Managed the Region 3 Realignment, working tirelessly to ensure all Realignment activities and deadlines were met. Their thorough communication strategy ensured all stakeholders were up to speed on all details of the realignment and had the tools needed to successfully realign while maintaining high customer service standards.

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Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Claims Team

HUD
  • Tammy Massone
  • Diana Dickson
  • Kevin Ziober
  • Ramiro Delgado
  • Frank Yao
  • Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Claims Team

    Managed the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) reverse mortgage program, reviewing overdue Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Claims to reduce the significant backlog. By February 2019, the team had processed 14,195 claims, approving 94%, returning almost $3 billion back to the industry.

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Tax Exempt Organization Search Implementation Team

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Tax Exempt Organization Search Implementation Team

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  • Kathi Palmer
  • JaLynne Archibald
  • Anita Cyprian
  • Michael Rautio
  • Robert Ticsay

Created the new Tax-Exempt Organization Search tool on IRS.gov, replacing an outdated system and giving the public a straightforward connection to the IRS through technology. Now, taxpayers can access more types of information, decreasing the number of inquiries received by the IRS and freeing up resources for use in other areas.

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Tax Reform Information Technology Implementation Project

Treasury
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Tax Reform Information Technology Implementation Project

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  • Nancy Sieger
  • Kenneth Corbin
  • Robert Bedoya
  • Craig Drake
  • Tracy DeLeon

Translated broad tax policy goals from Congress into tangible computer programming changes for IRS technology systems. The team updated more than 140 IT systems and 500 tax products, resulting in effective, timely implementation of tax legislation.

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Team ERA

State
  • Anne Amadou
  • Brijin Green
  • Kate Netherton
  • Daniele Schoenauer
  • Team ERA

    Modernized the candidate review process by switching from paper-based to online applications. Their work enabled staff to spend less time processing thousands of applications, giving them more time to work on high value work.

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Team Logistics Management

State
  • Cecelia Coates
  • Team Logistics Management

    Streamlined the management of the Department of State’s global supply chain operations using real-time data analytics and customer service principles. Their work has significantly improved planning and support of $10 billion in procurement spending, tracking 3.7 million assets worth $7 billion, and managing over 60,000 shipments annually.

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Team SAFE

State
  • Maribel Pulido
  • Bradley Tarr
  • Leslie Hope
  • Team SAFE

    Modernized the Department of State’s global emergency notification and accountability platform using innovative technologies, significantly improving the safety of 150,000 domestic and overseas personnel and their families.

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Trade Negotiation Team

USDA
  • Bob Spitzer
  • Kristy Goodfellow-Mills
  • Becky Rasdall
  • Leo Roytman
  • Andrew Hochhalter
  • Trade Negotiation Team

    Negotiated the new USMCA, securing access to the Mexican and Canadian markets and lowering barriers for many US agricultural products. The new deal will advance US agricultural interests in the most important markets for American farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses, leading to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in North America.

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Treasury Workforce Dashboard

Treasury
  • Dr. Kimberly Steide
  • Roger Mishoe
  • So Yeon (Christie) Kim
  • Luis Unda
  • Darryl Goode
  • Treasury Workforce Dashboard

    Developed the workforce dashboard, a Treasury-wide tool that standardizes data, identifies trends, and enables management to modernize the workforce. Their work allows for effective data analysis and visualization for both self-service and enterprise use within a single platform, creating a greater sense of transparency.

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USDA Consolidation Project Team

USDA GSA
  • Jason Sielcken
  • Loreen Sullivan
  • Joan Amend
  • USDA Consolidation Project Team

    Found innovative approaches to archival storage, moving from hard copy film storage to digital storage and allowing for a reimbursable work center that offers similar services to other agencies. Their work resulted in a complete business model transformation that eliminated over $2.5 million in annual private market lease costs, reduced USDA’s footprint by 54%, and saved taxpayers over $74 million.

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United States Transportation Command Cyber Governance Team

DOD
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United States Transportation Command Cyber Governance Team

Agency Award

  • Donna Davis
  • Timothy Blevins
  • Adlai Berger
  • Caroline Mutters
  • Charles Long

Developed a web-enabled tool to drive security improvements and operational optimization for the Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise. The team improved efficiency and cybersecurity for US systems, providing greater transparency and customer satisfaction.

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VEO Enterprise Measurement and Design Team

VA
  • Curtis Carie
  • Anil Tilbe
  • VEO Enterprise Measurement and Design Team

    Enhanced VA’s understanding of what matters most to veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors. By focusing on the customer first, they were able to identify service areas needing improvement and achieved an increase in trust in 74% of VA Medical Centers.

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VEO Multi-Channel Technology (MCT) Team

VA
  • Sharon Denise Kitts
  • Trisha Dang
  • VEO Multi-Channel Technology (MCT) Team

    Modernized VA’s data systems, customer engagement tools, and self-service channels to reduce layers of case processing, resolve issues quickly, and improve the efficiency and quality of responses relayed to veterans. Their focus on an easier, more personalized customer experience reduced the average case processing time and facilitated almost 10,000 updates to veteran profiles.

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VEO Patient Experience Team

VA
  • Thomas Pasakarnis
  • Toni Hightower
  • jeffrey Tennen
  • Jennifer Purdy
  • Paula Stokes
  • Michael Renfrow
  • VEO Patient Experience Team

    Developed programs that facilitate a cultural shift from a traditional bureaucratic system to a patient-focused system. Their changes improved patient experience across 147 VA medical centers by empowering 360,000 employees with the knowledge and skills to deliver exceptional customer service.

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VHA Innovation Ecosystem

VA
  • Joshua Patterson
  • Tom Osborne
  • Blake Henderson
  • Brynn Cole
  • Allison Amrhein
  • VHA Innovation Ecosystem

    Developed three major innovations including practices to de-prescribe unnecessary medicine to veterans, prevent pneumonia, and encourage VA Police to carry intranasal opioid overdose reversal medication. Their projects improved care for over 120,000 veterans, lowered costs for taxpayers by over $24 million, saved lives from opioid overdoses, and advanced care for the entire field of medicine.

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VIONE Clinical Project Team

VA
  • Sara Battar
  • Kimberly Dickerson
  • Christopher Sedgwick
  • Timothy Cmelik
  • VIONE Clinical Project Team

    Developed the VIONE methodology to reduce the use of potentially harmful medications, making deprescribing a more seamless process. It’s anticipated that their work will impact 500,000+ veterans and generate annual cost savings of $120 million.

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OGC/ORD - Successful CRADA Technology Transfer Team

EPA
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OGC/ORD - Successful CRADA Technology Transfer Team

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  • Vasudevan Namboodiri
  • Jennifer Cashdollar
  • Craig Patterson
  • Eunice Varughese

Developed cost-effective, innovative technologies that can effectively remove microbial contaminants from water. Their efforts continue to grow the economy and maintain a strong national security innovation base.

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Vegetation Management Team

DOE
  • Melissa Ardis
  • Matt Custer
  • Neilie Goodwin
  • Brian Little
  • Vegetation Management Team

    Developed plans to safely clear vegetation around the Western Area Power Administration transmission lines. The team partnered with other agencies to ensure the continuous flow of power and reduce the risk of fire while maintaining regulatory compliance.

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Veterans STEM Innovation Networks Team

HUD
  • Jerryl Bennett
  • Eva Fulton
  • Denise Cleveland-Leggett
  • Peter Jackson
  • Walter Elmore
  • Veterans STEM Innovation Networks Team

    Developed a national program empowering low-income youth through hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities. Their efforts impart learning strategies that help students spark and sustain a career in STEM.

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Chief Acquisition Officers Council

dod CAOC
  • Wayne Vickers
  • Brian Snellen
  • Chief Acquisition Officers Council

    Developed the Navy Enterprise Tactical Command and Control Program (NETC2), which provides deployable capabilities for the Navy. As a result, the team achieved the highest mission readiness with 6 training refresher courses for 43 sailors and new NETC2 capabilities training for approximately 65 sailors.

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PTSD/Emergence Delirium Training and Response Team

VA
  • William Pileggi
  • Michael Boland
  • David Julian
  • PTSD/Emergence Delirium Training and Response Team

    Developed a safety initiative for patients receiving and staff administering anesthesia to prevent the avoidable risk of emergence delirium. The team has increased safety and reduced injuries in both veterans and staff, and their training program is now mandatory and has been presented locally, state-wide, and nationally.

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Department of Commerce

  • Xiaoyu Yang
  • Pedatsur Neta
  • Yuxue Liang
  • Stephen Stein
  • Department of Commerce

    Revolutionized the ability to identify emerging chemical compounds in complex liquid mixtures through the use of powerful analytical tools and methods. This team’s work is a critical resource for federal, industrial, and academic scientists across the country.

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Welcome2Video Investigation Team

DHS
  • Zia Faruqui
  • Christopher Janczewski
  • Kimberly Reece
  • Donald Bruckschen
  • Thomas Tamsi
  • Welcome2Video Investigation Team

    Investigated a child exploitation website using innovative online and undercover techniques. The team’s investigation resulted in 323 arrests and the rescue of 21 victims.

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FEMA Region 3, Substantial Damage Determination Team

DHS
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FEMA Region 3, Substantial Damage Determination Team

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  • Zane Hadzick
  • Heather Davis
  • Charlie Baker
  • Craig Lockhart
  • Matthew McCullough

Developed assessment tools to determine the severity of damage following natural disasters. Creation of this tool has led to faster recovery times and substantial savings to property owners.

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Kristin Allen

Department of Defense

Kristin Allen

Managed a successful conversion of financial systems and procedures despite many significant challenges. The changes Ms. Allen implemented affect six regional commands, four aviation wings, 123 Navy Operational Support Centers, and 38 squadrons.

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Amy Sweeney

Department of Energy

Amy Sweeney

Supported the DOE’s goal of promoting exports of domestically produced hydrocarbons and fossil energy technologies. Her leadership provided a stable and transparent regulatory environment that has given the natural gas industry predictability and confidence.

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SSgt Jeremie Anderson

Department of Defense

SSgt Jeremie Anderson

Developed an intuitive signaling device that can be used during C-130 refueling operations. The new device enhances safety and security for both the C-130 crew and the receiving aircraft.

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Auxiliary Processing Unit Team

USDA
  • Kevin Smith
  • Joaquin Tremols
  • Michelle Corridon
  • Cathy Glover
  • Roger Glendenning
  • Auxiliary Processing Unit Team

    Transformed Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program delivery from a non-centralized structure to an efficient virtual workforce. Their work provided relief to states experiencing application backlogs, improved overall program delivery, and enhanced customer experience nationwide.

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Billings Analysis and Management Team

USDA
  • Shauna Armstrong
  • Matthew Didday
  • Jordan Goldie
  • Billings Analysis and Management Team

    Solved an immediate issue that was threatening to derail millions of dollars in commodities traded with China. Their work directly impacted the economic success for producers and the ability for USDA to continue processing export certificates in the future.

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Erin Rachelle Brown

United States Agency for International Development

Erin Rachelle Brown

Recommended process improvements after reviews of the Enterprise Risk Management and ADS 580 Conference Planning and attendance. Ms. Brown’s recommendations help the agency clarify policy and implement process changes.

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Allison Carlock

Department of Homeland Security

Allison Carlock

Created the “Ready 2 Help” card game and “Prepare with Pedro” children’s activity book that teaches kids how to stay safe during emergencies. Over 163,000 copies of the activity book have been distributed nationwide, helping to build a culture of preparedness.

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Ramaswamy Chandramouli

Department of Commerce

Ramaswamy Chandramouli

Developed international standards to improve cybersecurity practices for cloud-based technologies. Dr. Chandramouli’s work has increased public-private collaboration between government and industry, resulting in enhanced cybersecurity readiness.

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Kelly Cordeira

Health and Human Services

Kelly Cordeira

Improved quality, reach, and visibility of CDC’s Science Ambassador Fellowship for middle and high school teachers interested in incorporating public health sciences into the classroom. This program improves health literacy among students and provides teachers with the training and curriculum design needed to promote public health sciences.

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Amy Cutting

Department of Homeland Security

Amy Cutting

Led an inter-agency team of Coast Guard, Air Force, and Navy partners to develop the Counter Unmanned Aircraft System to detect, identify, and defeat illicit unmanned aircrafts from a moving maritime platform.

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Dairy Revenue Protection Team

USDA
  • Michael Ciliege
  • Megan Heyns
  • Staci Wilson
  • Cody Lovercamp
  • Thomas Worth
  • Dairy Revenue Protection Team

    Implemented a new crop insurance program for dairy producers, including innovative technological solutions that significantly cut the development time and staff oversight needed to run the program. Their new methodology enhances productivity, improves economic growth, and increases the agricultural trade of milk products.

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Data Visualization and Business Analytics

Treasury
  • Ica Tassi
  • Cynthia Bartin
  • Angela Bryant
  • Melissa Hayes
  • Data Visualization and Business Analytics

    Improved IRS’ data driven decision making by embedding visual data modeling into human resource re-engineering, predictive workload selection, and forensic issue corrective action. Their work saves time and allows analysts to focus on resolving taxpayer issues.

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Chris Decker

Environmental Protection Agency

Chris Decker

Implemented Smartsheet as an easily accessible tool to improve collaboration and project tracking for the R4 Water Division. Mr. Decker’s effective use of Smartsheet has spread to other branches and he has helped coach other users and managed licenses for the division.

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Petty Officer First Class Bradley Denn

Department of Defense

Petty Officer First Class Bradley Denn

Developed a virtual reality prototype for close air support training. This cheaper and safer training method is expected to enhance both tactical training and operator experience.

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“Destination Unknown” Team

DOD
  • Adam Yang
  • Austin Duncan
  • William Bradley
  • Jerrod Moore
  • Charles Baumann
  • “Destination Unknown” Team

    Published a graphic novel series called Destination Unknown to improve the creative thinking of warfighters and generate discussion on important military topics. Their work fosters intellectual curiosity and inspires other forms of writing and artistry designed to improve thinking about warfare.

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Mary Louise Dirrigl

Department of Education

Mary Louise Dirrigl

Demonstrated exceptional public service while taking on additional responsibilities during a critical vacancy at the Department of Education. Ms. Dirrigl’s work, including management of grants, program workflow, and performance, contributed to achieving mission-critical organizational goals.

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Douglas MacIntyre

Department of Energy

Douglas MacIntyre

Led the Office of Petroleum Reserves’ mission-critical work, including the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Naval Petroleum Reserves, and Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve programs. His work achieved success by championing excellence in operations, budget, engineering, security, environmental, contracting, human capital, and information technology.

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Dr. Randolph Duverna

Department of Agriculture

Dr. Randolph Duverna

Proved that U.S. poultry exports did not contain a banned substance, negating positive test results. Dr. Duverna’s data informed USDA decisions, and led to the development of a long-term sampling program, ensuring the Department could address domestic and international stakeholders’ concerns.

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Dr. Vince Edwards

Department of Agriculture

Dr. Vince Edwards

Developed a nonwoven cotton gauze that is 33% lighter and 63% more absorbent than standard gauzes made of bleached processed cotton. Dr. Edward’s product also triggers blood clotting more quickly, sheds fewer fibers, and releases small amounts of hydrogen peroxide to help mobilize wound-healing cells at the injury site.

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Electronic Clearance Team

Treasury
  • Iris Lehrich
  • Edwin Staples
  • Thomas Gray
  • Electronic Clearance Team

    Replaced the paper-based IRM review process with an online tool that automates and centralizes this process. Their work cuts down on administrative time and burden, saving taxpayer dollars and enabling the IRS to implement process changes more quickly.

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Nefertari Farrell

Department of Homeland Security

Nefertari Farrell

Modernized records management practices at CISA’s Office of Biometric Identity Management. Ms. Farrell’s leadership resulted in the conversion of 1000+ cubic feet of paper documents to digital, the reduction of a backlog of 68,000 electronic records, and the retirement of 30,000+ files.

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Shawn Farrington

Department of Defense

Shawn Farrington

Modernized analytic resources by enabling enhanced data collection and developing cross-departmental collaboration tools, resulting in more efficient use of data across DoD and cost savings of $220,000 per year.

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Al Fleming

Health and Human Services

Al Fleming

Developed the Human Capital Priority Areas Initiative, a program that enhanced the VA’s ability to attract, recruit, and retain a high performing workforce in order to provide excellent service to veterans. Mr. Fleming's work positioned the VA for future success by identifying new opportunities and supporting the Agency's efforts to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

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Douglas Grenier

National Archives and Records Administration

Douglas Grenier

Handled a variety of administrative duties and built strong relationships with customers to sustain operations while understaffed. Mr. Grenier’s efforts allowed the WNRC to receive, store, and service upwards of 140,000 cubic feet of new materials for various agencies.

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Tamara Griffin

Environmental Protection Agency

Tamara Griffin

Developed the Leave Bank Program automation, along with a new training, website, and FAQs to help management understand the process. Agency employees can now transfer leave in a more effective and efficient manner.

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Terry Hobbs

Department of Homeland Security

Terry Hobbs

Reduced chemical stockpiles across the country through coordination with state, local, and private stakeholders. Ms. Hobbs’ work helped the United States to fulfil international obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, providing a more secure nation, and a more prepared first responder community.

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Ed Howard

Health and Human Services

Ed Howard

Improved the systems and processes that manage up to $36 billion of Medicare Part D payments per month. Mr. Howard enhanced and automated the payment system to enable flexible operations and ensure timely, accurate monthly payments.

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Kevin Howell

Department of Veterans Affairs

Kevin Howell

Partnered with community, city, state, and federal organizations throughout Illinois to disseminate VA benefits information and assist veterans with claims. His work has benefitted homeless veterans and veterans facing potential incarceration.

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USDA Hyperlocal Media Team

USDA
  • Dirk Fillpot
  • Rob Shankman
  • Todd Barrett
  • USDA Hyperlocal Media Team

    Deployed a GIS-based media tool that allows federal and state agencies to alert all media of emergencies in precise geographic areas. The team was so successful that their software has been adopted by law enforcement, emergency response agencies, seven Cabinet departments, and ten states.

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Rodney Jones

Department of Homeland Security

Rodney Jones

Increased information sharing among Secret Service agents in the field with the development of an interactive tool that provides real-time location of personnel and team assets. Mr. Jones' work has improved the protective operations of the U.S. Secret Service, resulting in greater mission readiness and enhanced inter-agency capability and partnership.

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Lieutenant Thomas G. Kai

Department of Homeland Security

Lieutenant Thomas G. Kai

Improved mission support for the Coast Guard’s patrol boat fleet. Lieutenant Kai’s efforts disrupted drug trade operations, improved search and rescue missions, and increased port security operations throughout the nation.

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Christin Khan

Department of Commerce

Christin Khan

Led a data science competition that challenged the global computer science community to develop a machine learning algorithm for identifying endangered North Atlantic right whales. Ms. Khan’s challenge resulted in an innovative machine learning workflow that significantly advances data collection procedures for right whale assessments.

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Aaron Kite-Powell

Health and Human Services

Aaron Kite-Powell

Improved the use of public health analytic and programming tools through collaboration with state and local public health jurisdictions, public health partners, and the CDC. Mr. Powell empowered public health partners to use complex data through user-friendly tools, reducing the likelihood of contagious outbreaks in the future and advancing their capacity to monitor and track potential public health threats.

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Cate Kortzeborn

Health and Human Services

Cate Kortzeborn

Streamlined Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) processing and trained staff across the nation to ensure consistency, accuracy, and timeliness. As a result of their efforts, processing staff enhanced their capability to identify, implement, and evaluate changes in order to meet their commitment to public transparency.

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Marietta LaDue

Health and Human Services

Marietta LaDue

Modernized health systems and care delivery in order to improve health outcomes of rural and urban Alaskan Natives and Native Americans. Ms.LaDue’s work has resulted in robust safety protocols to protect patients and promote safer pain management strategies.

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Leslie Bourgeois

Department of Energy

Leslie Bourgeois

Provided expertise and management to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Project Management Office to ensure the office maintains operational excellence and proper stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Her leadership enhanced mission results and accountable stewardship of government resources.

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Kelly Littleton

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Kelly Littleton

Implemented the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Meta information system as the standard database for project management functions across all flight and support programs. Ms. Littleton’s efforts are expected to reduce annual government costs by more than $200,000 by eliminating the need for management of multiple databases, reducing server storage requirements, converting to paperless processes, and saving hundreds of hours by automation of reporting each year.

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Lynette Wright

Department of Energy

Lynette Wright

Led 15 DOE process improvement project teams, identifying 27 processes and 280 data elements across 23 functional areas and regional offices for improvement. Her work helped the DOE to shift from low value to high value work, resulting in more than $1 million in cost savings.

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Deanna Marks

Department of Commerce

Deanna Marks

Provided exceptional customer service and partnership during the 2018 Kilauea Volcano eruption on Hawaii Island by providing 150+ succinct, accurate weather briefings to FEMA and local Emergency Managers. Deanna’s leadership embodies the goals of building a weather ready nation and enhancing our standing in the emergency management community, and will continue to help build, adapt, and evolve NOAA and National Weather Service products and services in Hawaii.

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James McCollum

Department of the Treasury

James McCollum

Implemented multiple initiatives improving the lifespan of production equipment, advising senior leadership, and cross-training core electricians. Mr. McCollum’s ability to analyze data, create visual management tools, and articulate requirements to non-technical personnel maximize resources across the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

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Michael Nowak

Department of Energy

Michael Nowak

Maximized efficiency of the National Energy Technology Laboratory by supporting external research opportunities to transform the nation’s energy system. Dr. Nowak’s work helps to ensure U.S. leadership in clean energy technologies while also enhancing public transparency and fairness.

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Dr. Kathleen Monaco

Department of the Treasury

Dr. Kathleen Monaco

Enhanced currency access to the blind and visually impaired community by improving the ability to quickly and easily identify paper currency through raised tactile design features. As a result, these design features will be integrated into all future banknote designs.

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Melissa Mosley

Department of Defense

Melissa Mosley

Improved data accuracy by identifying and implementing process improvements and changing requirements to more accurately reflect the required data in reports. Her work expedited the review process and improved accounting for public sector transactions.

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Nationwide Training Team

USDA
  • Andrew Tobin
  • Erin Auger
  • Donald Lobeda
  • Sarah Nechamen
  • Danielle Barrett
  • Nationwide Training Team

    Developed a new model for USDA ethics training, providing timely in-person training to USDA employees across the country on the most pressing and evolving ethics questions and issues. In the first year of this initiative, USDA’s Office of Ethics staff conducted over 117 group training sessions and created new "Ethics One-Pagers" for easier access to ethics guidelines.

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Operation Stampede

USDA
  • Engel Tamayo
  • Steven Flick
  • Alex Chirinos
  • Korey Jake Dang
  • Dorinda Lyght
  • Operation Stampede

    Dismantled a sprawling criminal enterprise and bolstered the integrity of an essential nutrition assistance program for low-income families in need. As a result of the investigation, the government issued 28 indictments and recovered over $21 million in fines and restitution.

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Casey Oravetz

Department of Commerce

Casey Oravetz

Led a multi-year operation which uncovered a scheme that was illegally harvesting and selling 130,000+ pounds of protected striped bass from Atlantic federal waters. Special Agent Oravetz’s efforts will protect the Mid-Atlantic striped bass fishery for future generations and serves as a model for innovative ways to collect and present evidence.

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Organic Oversight and Enforcement Team

USDA
  • Betsy Rakola
  • Gustavo Ferreira
  • Rebecca Claypool
  • Graham Davis
  • Matthew Farmer
  • Organic Oversight and Enforcement Team

    Used evidence-based measures and new analytical techniques to develop innovative and highly successful programs identifying, investigating, and ultimately preventing fraud in the international organic food markets. As a result, over 1,000 new organic farms were certified.

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Heather Pajak

OMB CFOC

Chief Financial Officers Council

Heather Pajak

Collaborated with individuals from 12 government agencies to create innovative ways to identify and prevent improper payments made by the Federal Government. Her work has identified $74+ billion of potential savings for the American taxpayer.

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Phillip Paradice

Department of Commerce

Phillip Paradice

Supported economic recovery efforts to invest and disburse $587M in disaster supplemental program funds across Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi. As a result, communities have seen infrastructure expansion, business incubation, economic impact analysis, and access to a statewide revolving loan fund.

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Amy Peeples

Health and Human Services

Amy Peeples

Implemented creative wave-hiring techniques and supervised the execution of the opioid overdose spend plan, which saw a $363 million appropriations increase. Ms. Peeples’ successful management resulted in 100% fund obligation and the rapid hiring of 109 staff to fight the current opioid public health emergency, a 14% increase in hiring over the previous year.

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Larry Pike

Department of the Treasury

Larry Pike

Designed the Quality Hold and Release database that authorizes currency to be shipped to the Federal Reserve Board based on acceptability criteria. As a result of his work, BEP has consistently delivered their currency order on time and maintained public trust in our financial system.

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Susan Raymie

DOD CAOC

Chief Acquisition Officers Council

Susan Raymie

Accelerated cloud-based geospatial information technologies, data processing, and 2D/3D terrain database generation. Ms. Raymie’s work ensures that the Federal Government, industry, and academia have incentivized forums for innovation and technology development.

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Mark Riddle

National Archives and Records Administration

Mark Riddle

Created a Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) oversight program to standardize oversight practices within the CUI program, ensuring consistent and replicable oversight actions by agencies. Mr. Riddle delivered essential national training both in person as well as on YouTube and a blog.

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Mindy Riley

Health and Human Services

Mindy Riley

Enhanced user experience for the Quality Payment Program’s IT systems. Ms. Riley’s work streamlines the data submission process and gives clinicians the tools and data they need to improve the quality of care.

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Beth Ripley

Department of Veterans Affairs

Beth Ripley

Developed scalable 3D printing solutions that enable healthcare staff to share best practices, resources, and subject matter expertise across disciplines and hospitals. Ms. Ripley’s innovative work allows VA’s medical providers to customize and tailor solutions to unique, individual patient needs.

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Raymond Rubilotta

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Raymond Rubilotta

Implemented a variety of initiatives, finding ways to save money while being more energy efficient. Mr. Rubilotta’s work identified $3.2 million of efficiencies and subsequent installation of geothermal systems, which is projected to save approximately $20 million over the life of the systems.

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Shawn Ryan

Environmental Protection Agency

Shawn Ryan

Developed the RAPTOR database tool used to plan and manage EPA’s Homeland Security Research Program. Mr. Ryan’s work contributes to daily coordination within HSRP and communication of scientific products and impact to customers and stakeholders.

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Maria Sanchez

Small Business Administration

Maria Sanchez

Improved the department’s processes and procedures in the areas of Budget, Travel Credit Card, and Accountable Property Management.

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Noel Sanqui

Department of Defense

Noel Sanqui

Transformed a labor-intensive training process into easy-to-understand, visual desk guides. Mr. Sanqui’s work saved time and improved accounting functions, reducing Active Document Listing by 54% and unmatched disbursements by 90%.

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Alexis Sarshuri

Department of Justice

Alexis Sarshuri

Implemented a data tracking mechanism to coordinate cases for the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act across FBI field offices, divisions, and units. Ms. Sarshuri’s efforts have led to increased transparency for the American public.

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Cassondra Searight

Department of Agriculture

Cassondra Searight

Developed an innovative outreach initiative designed to meet the needs of farmers who have limited resources, are historically underserved, or are new to the industry. Ms. Searight used her collaborative platform to clarify complex policy from numerous technical areas so that producers could understand and make educated decisions.

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Gregory Segal

Health and Human Services

Gregory Segal

Coordinated across government to implement 98 process improvements to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight’s payment process system. Mr. Segal supervised the payments of over $50 billion and the collection of $2 billion in user fees with zero major audit findings.

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Shared Stewardship Team

USDA
  • Doug Crandall
  • Alan Ager
  • Hutch Brown
  • Erin Connelly
  • John Phipps
  • Shared Stewardship Team

    Strengthened the ability to resolve cross-boundary issues of wildfire risk and watershed health by engaging stakeholders and managing risk at larger scales than ever before. This work marks an increase in the Forest Service’s analytical capacity and creates opportunities for enhanced data-supported decision making to combat growing risks.

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Gopal Singh

Health and Human Services

Gopal Singh

Produced 100+ publications on health equity and population health to help inform HHS and HRSA on how to reduce health care disparities in the United States. Dr. Singh’s work analyzed major health inequality trends and will help to reduce disparities in life expectancy and infant mortality.

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Dave Sollberger

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Dave Sollberger

Led the effort of uncovering thousands of falsified documents, performed testing to determine cause, and worked with other agencies to ensure other national assets were not compromised. Mr. Sollberger’s efforts resulted in the resolution of criminal charges and alleged civil claims against a supplier as well as an agreement to pay $46 million to the US government and other commercial customers.

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Randy Tabor

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Randy Tabor

Developed a decision package providing options to address FY20 budget shortfalls for mission support services, including budgeting, revenue collection, and performance reporting. Mr. Tabor’s accessible, responsive, and empathetic attitudes towards those he is working with resulted in a positive customer experience and stakeholder confidence.

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James Tipton

Department of Defense

James Tipton

Leveraged advanced software processes to establish a modular software concept and maximize ground-based and operational testing. This software has already saved $1 million and will save $10 million annually, in addition to enhancing operational efficiency.

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SSgt Michael Tsoi

Department of Defense

SSgt Michael Tsoi

Provided DoD and Federal senior leaders with a clear understanding of our adversary’s ability to track US and Allied assets. His work saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars and had direct influence on US Navy Operations.

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Verification Toolkit Team

USDA
  • Edward Harper
  • Kevin Maskornick
  • Whitney Peters
  • Timothy Wepplo
  • Janis Johnson
  • Verification Toolkit Team

    Developed a Verification Toolkit to help households and school districts improve outcomes in the annual process of verifying applications for National School Lunch and Breakfast Program benefits. Their work ensures that households who apply for these benefits are approved at the correct benefit level, helps program operators reduce their administrative burden, and enhances program integrity.

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Wood Innovations Team

USDA
  • Steve Marshall
  • Melissa Jenkins
  • Steve Koehn
  • Larry Swan
  • Jim Archuleta
  • Wood Innovations Team

    Revolutionized the US building sector by introducing mass timber products through the efforts of the Wood Innovations Program. As a result, US building codes were adjusted, reducing cost and time for builders while increasing sustainability.

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