68 finalists from among the 588 nominations have been announced in the e-Government National Awards 2008 - this year's 'best of the best' in public sector ICT & e-Government.
Each finalist nomination gets a free seat at the black-tie e-Government National Awards dinner takes place 6.45pm - 11.15pm on 20th January 2009 at the prestigious Guildhall in the City of London.
Presenting the awards will be Government CIO John Suffolk and Cabinet Office Minister Tom Watson MP.
Tom Watson MP, Cabinet Office Minister with responsibility for Transformational Government says:
"Public services continue to be transformed by technology, improving delivery on the front line and making us more efficient behind the scenes. I know the nominations will all be of the highest standard, so I'm really looking forward to seeing all the winners in January."
John Suffolk, Government Chief Information Officer at the Cabinet Office, says: "I have been very pleased to see so many high quality entries for this year’s e-Government National Awards, which highlight the many ways technology is being used to transform our public services."
"I congratulate the 68 finalists and look forward to meeting the winners in January".
Tony Singleton — Directgov’s Chief Operating Officer says: “Directgov is at the heart of government’s vision to transform the way that government interacts with citizens and businesses”
“Now I’m delighted that Directgov will be playing a part in recognising other innovations in this area by being a sponsor for the awards.”
Keith Bannister, Head of IT Advisory, KPMG, says: "KPMG is proud to be lead sponsor of the awards for the fourth year running, for us this is a way of recognising and celebrating all the good work that’s been done. I have no doubt that the standard of entries will once again be high and judging will be difficult.
"We believe that e-government has helped to transform public services in this country, it has made them more open, more accessible and more efficient. A key theme of this year's Awards are Government services which help build a fairer, more inclusive society. E-Government gives all citizens and businesses the opportunity to interact directly with services and government which is why we think e-Government is helping to build a fairer society."
Supporting the Awards
Supporting the Awards are the Government Chief Information Officer (Cabinet Office), the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) and the Society of It Management (SOCITM). Platinum sponsor of the Awards is KPMG.
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