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FirstGov Named FGIPC Intergovernmental Solutions Award Winner

GSA # 9841

June 25, 2001
Contact: Eleni Martin (202) 501-1231
eleni.martin@gsa.gov

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. General Services Administration's Deputy Associate Administrator for FirstGov, Deborah Diaz accepted the Intergovernmental Solutions Award at the Federation of Government Information Processing Council's (FGIPC) XXI Management of Change conference in New Orleans.

Marty Wagner, Associate Administrator of the Office of Governmentwide Policy, said "I am proud of the accomplishments of FirstGov team - and that includes the great help we've received from the other Federal agencies."

In accepting the award, Deborah Diaz, Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of FirstGov in the GSA Office of Governmentwide Policy, said that she is confident that FirstGov will continue on its cutting-edge path.

"We are honored that FGIPC recognizes our success in creating and continuing to build a citizen-centric electronic government that transcends the traditional boundaries of government," said Diaz. "As the official government Web portal, FirstGov is a catalyst in providing citizens with the kind of information they want easily and securely. FirstGov provides strong leadership to accelerate the introduction of e-government practices and new business models governmentwide."

The FGIPC Intergovernmental Solutions Award recognizes government programs that demonstrate outstanding collaboration between two or more levels of government, new business processes, and innovative or emerging technologies that enhance the level of service to the customers they serve.

The FirstGov gateway offers a powerful search engine that, in a quarter of a second, searches 47 million government Web pages. The site provides a topical directory of government information and services by categories, direct links to government agencies, and links to dozens of online agency transactions for citizens, businesses, and government. The site also provides links to a number of cross-agency portals and a central location for citizens to offer suggestions, pose questions, and interact directly with their government.