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Chief Information officer presents awards based on knowledge

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (Army News Service, Aug. 28, 2003) -- The Army Knowledge Awards were presented during the 3rd Annual Army Knowledge Symposium at Valley Forge, Pa., Aug. 13-15 by officials from the Chief Information Office, G-6.

"The Army Knowledge Awards Program allows us to acknowledge and recognize Army initiatives, programs, and concepts that exploit Knowledge Management tools and principles," said Col. Jane Maliszewski, chief of Strategic Outreach.

"We want to promote Armywide knowledge sharing and collaboration focused on enterprise solutions that improve situational awareness and organizational decision-making."

The goal of the awards program is to recognize KM-based initiatives that are focused on the enterprise -- major commands, functional areas and the Army as a whole -- and that incorporate process re-engineering. Also those that use technology to enable the process transformation and de-emphasize individual stovepipe solutions to problems, Maliszewski said.

Army Knowledge Awards were given presented to the following organizations:

Best Knowledge Transformation Initiative

Army Knowledge Online - The Knowledge Center Consortium was formed to support transformation to a network-centric knowledge-based force, through a shared knowledge center. The center collaboration tools enable users to share accessible information, conduct planned or ad hoc virtual meetings and support project management among geographically dispersed teams.

Best Enterprise Solution

Office of the Surgeon General -- The Office of the Surgeon General's Soldier Medical Readiness system is designed to provide soldiers a view of their required Department of Defense reimbursed lab tests, examinations and vaccinations. Each user is provided a red, amber or green notification based upon the specific component and indicator requirement. The alerts enable the user to proactively address recurring requirements and correct data deficiencies in DoD data systems.

Best Cross-Functional Solution

Product Management Office Secure Electronic Transactions – More than 700,000 middleware and Common Access Card readers are currently fielded to the Army. This middleware can be remotely managed at an enterprise level. Users can move about the Army and be assured of a compatible product anywhere they go. This middleware saves the Army 33 percent on its current middleware prices.

Best e-Army Initiative

Army Test and Evaluation Command's Developmental Test Command -- The Electronic Signature Management Information System was deployed DoDwide. It provided the ability to electronically sign and route any official government document, to include Department of the Army Forms and DoD Forms. The process improves the quality and speed of signed documentation flow with secure architecture within the containment of the form or document.

The Best Community of Practice

U.S. Army Reserve -- USAR established the largest and most active set of Communities in the AKO Collaboration Center. When AKO established the collaboration center, the USAR built knowledge centers for its staff sections at Army Reserve Command Headquarters, each of the Regional Support Command Headquarters, and each of the Direct Report Command Headquarters. When Operation Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle began, deploying units quickly realized the only way to effectively communicate with their home station was through the AKO Collaboration Center. One of the greatest impacts that the USAR Communities of Practice has had is the ability to quickly communicate critical information and forms to soldiers as they mobilize in support of operations.

Best e-Learning Initiative

Army Education Division at the Total U.S. Army Personnel Command -- eArmyU augments traditional Army distance learning programs ensuring that eligible enlisted soldiers have full access and student support services to fulfill their educational goals -- anytime, anywhere. As structured, eArmyU provides access to a variety of online degree programs and related educational services via a comprehensive web portal, eliminating many of the barriers to education that soldiers have traditionally faced throughout their military careers.

AKM Pioneer Award

Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Elder -- Elder established the Noncommissioned Officers Communities of Practice for mentoring, teaching and coaching noncommissioned officers in the several years before the Army introduced Army Knowledge Online.

(Editor's note: This information was submitted by Patrick Swan CIO, G-6 public affairs officer.)



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