It is sometimes controversial, but undeniably a smash hit among gamers. And now, America's Army has been nominated for Top 50 Government Innovations for 2006 by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Considered the "Oscars" of government, the Innovations in American Government Awards carry a $100,000 prize grant for the seven eventual winners. The 50 selected semi-finalists, including America's Army, were chosen from programs representing governments at the federal, tribal, state, county and city levels. Criteria include "novelty and creativity, effectiveness at addressing significant issues and problems and ability to be replicated by other jurisdictions. The programs represent governments' best efforts in the areas of education and training, criminal justice and public safety, economic and community development, housing, health and social services, management, transportation, public works and environment."
On May 4th, 18 finalists will be announced during Public Service Recognition Week. The seven winners will be announced in Washington, D.C. in July.