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Contact: Joan Moody
September 24, 2004
Interior Receives E-Gov Institute's
Excellence in Enterprise Architecture Award

The Department of the Interior has been honored for its outstanding Enterprise Architecture Program that guides the modernization of Interior's business operations to provide more cost-efficient, citizen-centered service to the nation.

The E-Gov Institute awarded Interior the Excellence in Enterprise Architecture Award in the category of Federal Civilian Leadership in Government Transformation. Hord Tipton, Interior's chief information officer, and Colleen Coggins, chief architect, accepted the award on behalf of the department at a Sept. 22 ceremony in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

The honor recognizes the department for its Enterprise Architecture Program, which developed modernization blueprints for key Interior lines of business, such as Wildland Fire, Recreation, Law Enforcement and Financial Management. The Enterprise Architecture Program provides a roadmap for leveraging information technology to meet strategic and programmatic goals and objectives efficiently and effectively.

When implemented, the modernization will improve data sharing, reduce system redundancies, and result in cost savings and improved services to citizens. Key customers of the Interior Enterprise Architecture Program are the public, Interior's business partners, executives and managers. More information on the award is on the Interior Enterprise Architecture Program website at

The Interior IT team honored for its enterprise architecture work includes , from left, Julia Laws, acting deputy CIO, Owen Ambur, senior architect, Colleen Coggins, chief architect, W. Hord Tipton, chief information officer, and Suzanne Acar, data architect. Photo by Tami Heilemann, DOI/NBC.





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