AWARD CATEGORIES 2021


Executive Leadership in Information Technology (Civilian)  
Presented for outstanding executive leadership in government-wide information technology. The AFFIRM Executive Leadership Award has been presented annually since 1979 and is the highest and most prestigious AFFIRM award.   

Executive Leadership in Information Technology (DoD and Intelligence) 
Presented for outstanding executive leadership in government-wide information technology. The AFFIRM Executive Leadership Award has been presented annually and is the highest and most prestigious AFFIRM award for members of the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense.

Executive Leadership Award for Industry (Large)  
Presented for superior leadership in business and technology within the government technology community. This award is presented to an executive who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contributions to the community within and beyond information technology. 

Executive Leadership Award for Industry (Small) 
Presented for superior leadership in business and technology within the government technology community. This award is presented to an executive of an SBA-defined small business who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contributions to the community within and beyond information technology.

Congressional Leadership Award  
This award is presented to a member or staff member of either the House or Senate who has exemplified outstanding leadership in developing legislation, providing oversight and review or other actions which support the improvement of the effective and efficient management of information technology in the federal government. 

Leadership Award in Acquisition and Procurement  
Presented for leadership excellence in government information services for acquisition and procurement improvement and effectiveness for the government or for their Agency.

Leadership Award for Service to the Citizen and the Countr
Presented for leadership excellence in management information technology for improved services to the citizen or on a national level for their Country.

Leadership in Health Information Technology  
Presented for leadership excellence in providing information technology health services government-wide or for an Agency.

Leadership in Cyber Innovation  
Presented for leadership excellence in innovative cybersecurity technology or innovation government-wide or for an Agency.

Leadership in Workforce Development 
Presented for leadership in workforce advancements to recruit, retain and upskill personnel with new tech, government-wide or for an agency or agencies. 

Leadership in Cloud Computing 
Presented for leadership excellence in implementation or management of Cloud Computing government-wide or for an Agency.

Leadership in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics
Presented for leadership excellence in implementation or management of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning government-wide or for an Agency.

Rockstar Rookie
Presented for having a strong impact on bringing IT to the forefront while creating positive change that not only supports their organization’s mission but also the IT industry. Their commitment to the field and people impacted is significant – he/she is consistently strategizing and gaining new and long-lasting relationships, thus enabling the IT work culture to thrive. Nominee should have 1-5 years of service to qualify.

Leadership in Crisis Award
This award is to recognize leadership in instances of crisis events which include any event that is going (or is expected) to lead to an unstable and dangerous situation affecting an individual, group, community, or whole society, for instance, natural disaster, emergency events, epidemics or pandemics.

Award for Transformational Technology
Presented for leadership excellence in implementation or management of emerging technology government-wide or for an Agency. Examples: AI, ML, RPA, Data Analytics, Microservices, Containers, Cloud, Modeling and Simulation, Quantum, Low-code, etc.