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GSA IRMCO Honor Outstanding Service to Citizens

GSA #10347

April 30, 2007
Contact: Diane Merriett, (202) 501-1231
diane.merriette@gsa.gov

Washington, DC – Individual and team winners of the GSA-sponsored 2007 Interagency Resources Management Conference (IRMCO) Award were center stage this afternoon to receive
recognition for exceptional service to citizens, the agency announced today.

C. Donald Babers, Deputy Regional Director, Office of Field Policy Management, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), won IRMCO's individual award for his work in getting the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) up and running again after Hurricane Katrina.

The IRMCO team award, presented to HUD's Enterprise Income Verification System Team, lauded collaborative efforts that resulted in the design and implementation of a secure intergovernmental data-sharing system.  The award- winning team represented a cross-section of employees from the Social Security Administration (SSA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and HUD.

Sponsored by GSA, the IRMCO conference is intended to provide an environment that fosters innovation, and which stimulates lively discussion and collaboration across traditional boundaries to achieve better results for GSA's client agencies and the American public.

IRMCO awards are presented annually to those who have demonstrated an exceptional ability to operate across organizational boundaries to improve government services to citizens. This year's awards were announced today during the 46th annual IRMCO Conference in Williamsburg, VA.

To view a full list of 2007 IRMCO award nominees and finalists, please contact http://www.irmco.gov.

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