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Bold Leaders Are Out There. Let's Celebrate Them.


Making a genuine difference in today’s government requires creativity, ingenuity and tenacity. In short, it requires boldness.

That’s why we created the Nextgov Bold Awards several years ago: to honor people who were leveraging advances in technology not just to make things incrementally better, but to boldly challenge the status quo.

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Bold Awards. We’re looking for federal employees who have taken genuine risks and overcome bureaucratic barriers to make real, lasting advances in their agencies. And this year we’ve added two new categories: the Grace Hopper Award, named after the pioneer of computer science who led the way for women in technology, and the Industry Award, recognizing private sector innovators.

Here are the details:

  • Deadline for nominations is June 30.
  • The Nextgov editorial team will select about a dozen finalists, who will be announced in August.
  • Readers will be able to vote for a “People’s Choice” winner online Aug. 10-14.
  • Winners will be announced at the Nextgov Prime conference on Sept. 9 in Washington.

Click here to nominate someone for a 2015 Bold Award

Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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