California, USA, 12 April 2006: The Department of Interior (DOI) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently won the Excellence.Gov award for the Geospatial One-Stop Web portal. In its sixth year of existence and sponsored by the American Council for Technology, the award was presented to five winners selected for demonstrating best practices in information sharing for federally led information technology program implementations.
A panel of 23 judges from both the private and public sectors selected the top five winners from more than 80 applicants. In addition to the five winners, 20 programs were also honored as finalists. The announcement was made on February 15, 2006 in Washington, D.C., at a ceremony luncheon keynoted by congressman Tom Davis.
Scott Cameron, deputy assistant secretary for policy, management, and budget (DOI) and managing partner of Geospatial One-Stop, attended the ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of the Department of Interior. In addition, Geospatial One-Stop partners honored at the awards ceremony included Hank Garie, executive director of Geospatial One-Stop; Karen Siderelis and Leslie Wollack of USGS; Pat Cummens of ESRI; Bert Jarreau of the National Association of Counties; and Bill Burgess, National States Geographic Information Council.