The Government Information Technology Executive Council honored a number of outstanding government technology projects with its 2015 Project Management Excellence Awards, given out at 2015 GITEC Summit in Baltimore.
The Social Security Administration’s information technology data center migration program was named the top winner out of seven finalists. All programs were selected by a panel of government and industry representatives that scored each of the projects on six criteria: significant mission outcomes, cost savings, risk management, customer experience, innovative approach and quality assurance.
The State Department’s data loss prevention project was given an honorable mention for receiving the second-highest combined score, behind SSA.
Other finalists include: The Department of Homeland Security’s paperwork reduction action program; the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s execution management and carryover team; the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster management E-Government initiative; Homeland Security’s commodity IT optimization program; and the Office of Personnel Management’s human resources line-of-business strategic framework.
SSA’s project, which was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, saved the agency more than $24 million through its migration to a new state-of-the-art data center. The new data center handles the technology behind the Social Security needs of more than 63 million Americans.
“This was a complicated project, but one that brought us great rewards,” said Tom Grzymski, SSA’s associate commissioner for telecommunications and systems operations.
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