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FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) program wins Excellence.Gov award


The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) program has been awarded for Excellence in Intergovernmental Collaboration by the The American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) at the 15th Annual Excellence.Gov Awards. The event honors the best of government information technology (IT) programs demonstrating proven strategies and solutions. A total of 30 finalists from 21 federal, state and local government agencies were featured this week at a reception in Washington, D.C..

The FBI rolled out the Next Generation Identification (NGI) program to replace its previous 15-year-old Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) with an advanced biometrics system, adding several new capabilities for federal and local law enforcement officials to more effectively identify suspects.

“It was a quite a feat. It was actually a 10-year program with six years of contract work. Increments were decided were the best way to deliver functionality each year,” Jim Preaskorn, the program manager for the FBI’s next generation identification system, recently told Federal News Radio.

“As for the cost and schedule, it was a team effort. It was a $1.1 billion program so we had a whole program office and that philosophy of earned value, schedule containment, and quality as well as scope. Think of it as a three-legged stool, quality, cost and schedule, saw one off, you have to do something to the others.”

ACT-IAC is a nonprofit educational organization created to advance government through collaboration and education. “ACT-IAC’s Excellence.Gov Award winners are improving citizen services,” said 2015 Excellence.Gov Industry Chair Brian Baker. “In every category, these winners have used innovation and collaboration to solve really difficult problems across the nation.”

A panel of more than 40 judges from both government and industry participated in a three-stage process for the selection of finalists and winners recognized at this year’s award ceremony:

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