SOURCE: Government Executive Media Group

November 20, 2013 16:30 ET

Inaugural Nextgov Bold Awards Winners Announced

Federal Employees Recognized at Nextgov Prime for Their Bold Leadership in Implementing Innovating Government Programs Through Technology

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - November 20, 2013) - Nextgov announced today the eight winners of the 2013 Nextgov Bold Awards before 500 federal managers at the annual Nextgov Prime event in Washington, DC. The Nextgov Bold Awards is designed to recognize federal employees who have taken risks to implement innovative programs that make government more effective. Prior to the awards ceremony, Craig Newmark, founder of craiglist and craigconnects, and Peter Levin, former CTO for the Department of Veterans Affairs, discussed government's role in driving innovation.

At the awards ceremony, all nineteen finalists from twelve different federal agencies were recognized for their achievements and efforts to improve government operations. More than 180 nominations were received and over 2,000 votes were cast for the People's Choice award. Nextgov, the technology-focused online publication of Government Executive Media Group, produced the awards program.

"The selection of winners was exceptionally difficult due to the outstanding quality of all nineteen finalists," remarked Katherine Peters, Executive Editor for Nextgov. "Nextgov is honored to have the opportunity to recognize the bold actions of all of these creative problem-solvers who took risks to drive government innovation."

The inaugural winners of the Nextgov Bold Awards are as follows:

Joshua Campbell, State Department

Deborah Diaz and Nicholas Skytland, Open Innovation Team, NASA

Kathleen Frisbee and Neil Evans, Web and Mobile Solutions Team, Department of Veterans Affairs 

Kimberly Hancher, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Peter Kuzmak, Department of Veterans Affairs 

Jonathan Rubin, General Services Administration

David Wiley, Leila Hatch and Michael Thompson, NOAA

Jessica Klein, State Department, People's Choice Award

More information on all of the finalists, including descriptions of their accomplishments, is available at

The 2013 Nextgov Bold Awards program is exclusively underwritten by Cisco.

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