InformationWeek yesterday recognized 15 government agencies for taking on ambitious IT initiatives in an effort to provide better services at a lower cost.

Former federal CIO Vivek Kundra talked often about the technology gap that separates government workers from private-sector employees. Federal, state, and local government agencies have many initiatives under way in an effort to close that gap.

They're employing cloud computing, software as a service, the Web, mobile technologies, and more to give government workers the tools they need to be more productive and to deliver public services more efficiently.

GSA's DigitalGov Search (formerly USASearch) was one of those honored by InformationWeek for making government services in English and in Spanish more accessible online with a revamped version of DigitalGov Search and its set of advanced search technologies for USA.gov. Noted was our use of Microsoft's Bing Index, open source technologies such MySQL, Hadoop, and OpenCalais, and employing agile development to deliver new features quickly.

Web results for a search on white house on USA.gov

Image results for a search on white house on USA.gov

The award also cited our affiliate program which now includes hundreds of government websites that share our services and data through the platform. This affiliate program offers free search services to any federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government agency. Affiliates can create a customized search experience that best fits their clients' needs through a simple, online administrative console.

Read about DigitalGov Search and the other InformationWeek award recipients at http://www.informationweek.com/news/galleries/government/leadership/231600939