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GSN agrees to extend Awards entry deadline to October 10

In response to requests from a number of vendor companies and government agencies, Government Security News has announced an extension of the deadline for entries in its 2014 Homeland Security Awards program to October 10.

“There’s been a big spike of entries in the last few days,” according to Chris Minnick, builder of the GSN website who now serves as webmaster, “but apparently not big enough to accommodate everyone who wanted to enter.” Minnick recalled that in 2013, nominations by vendors of IT security solutions outnumbered entries by vendors of physical security products and solutions in 2013, for the first time in the program’s history. The entries to date in the 2914 program, he said, are trending in the same direction.

In another observation, Minnick recalled that there were a lot of interesting contests in the government agency awards portion of the 2013 program. Miami Airport, the TSA and the Maryland National Guard all submitted entries in the “Most Notable Airport/Aviation Security Program,” while “Most Notable Maritime/Seaport Security Program” nominees included Coastal Surveillance Systems, Houston Ship Channel and Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Coast Guard and the DHS Border & Security Maritime/Science and Technology unit.

Another popular category in the 2013 Government Agency categories was for the “Most Notable Municipal/County Security Program” title, which attracted the Cook County, IL Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Response, San Diego Public Utilities, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office, Monmouth County, NJ Sheriff’s Office, City of Dover, DE and Contra Costa County, CA.

“It’s always interesting to follow the government agency entries,” said Minnick, because they’re all about very serious and important projects and initiatives that have involved tons of planning and usually very large amounts of money. But they’re not easy to judge for the same reason.”

Government agencies wishing to enter can nominate themselves, or be nominated by citizens who admire their accomplishments or have benefited from their projects, or they can be nominated by vendors who worked together with them on one or more projects, such as a PSIM or planning an upgraded harbor security program.

There is no charge for nominations of government agencies, and all parties are pleased when government agency team members and leaders are recognized for their impressive accomplishments and problem solving.


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