Falls Church, Va, August 25, 2008 – The Data Interchange Standards Association announced the winners of the 2008 Edward A. Guilbert e-Business Professional Award and the Earl J. Bass e-Business Achievement Award.

Since 1991, DISA has awarded the Guilbert Award, recognizing significant career contributions in e-business message development, as the highest level of recognition bestowed upon a professional who demonstrates outstanding lifetime leadership in the e-business standards field.

The award is named in honor of Edward A. Guilbert, who served as a logistics officer during the Berlin Airlift of 1948 and later created the first system to exchange data electronically. Nominees are evaluated on their scope, duration and quality of service towards the advancement of e-business and electronic data interchange (EDI) standards.

The 2008 Guilbert Award is granted to Peter Randlev, who retired from IBM as a Senior Engineer – Manager, after 50 years of service there. Highlights of Mr. Randlev’s career include his work to patent attaching a keyboard to a computer and developing security systems and for his role in creating the IBM Model 5275, a unit for numerically controlled machine tools. Mr. Randlev is the principal developer of numerous X12 transactions and has also made contributions in the international standards arena. He also served as chairman of the X12 Product Data subcommittee for five years. The Bass Award honors outstanding achievements and leadership in support of e-business message development using EDI standards and eXtensible Markup Language (XML) messages during the past year.

The Bass Award recognizes Earl (“Buddy”) J. Bass, the principal author of the first EDI standards manuals and the simple, coded syntax notes and terminology used to describe conditional data element requirements within segments. Nominees are assessed based on their achievements and leadership in the development and use of EDI standards and XML messages over the past year.

The 2008 Bass Awards recipients are David Feinberg, a nationally known healthcare leader in X12 and HIPAA standards, and Terry Garber, who has dedicated over twenty years of her professional career towards developing more than a dozen EDI transaction sets for X12, including 813 Electronic Filing of Tax Return Data, and the XML format in the Modernization of Electronic Filing for business and individual tax return submissions in the United States with both Federal and State Governments.

In the past year, Mr. Feinberg, President of Rensis Corporation, has worked collaboratively with X12, Health Level 7 (HL7) and health plans on the development of new plan-to-plan personal health record standards, including data portability between health plans. He is known as an excellent EDI resource and educator.

Ms. Garber, Manager of New Application Development, Information Resource Management Division, South Carolina Department of Revenue, has served as the central state coordinator for the rollout of the IRS-modernized Federal/State 1120 Corporate, the 1065 Partnership and the 1040 Individual Income e-File Programs, using standards developed under Ms. Garber’s leadership of a task group including states, IRS, tax software developers, and tax services providers. Ms. Garber is highly visible in the nationwide Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) Registration System, designed to simplify tax filing for thousands of businesses, and authored standard SST XML schemas necessary to implement streamlined registration, filing, payment and audit procedures.

“We are honored to recognize these individuals whose dedicated commitment to advances in the X12 industry have such a profound impact on the efficiency of global data exchange,” said Jerry Connors, President, DISA. These prestigious awards will be presented at the ASC X12 Fall 2008 meeting, September 21 – 26, 2008 in Pittsburgh, PA.

About DISA:
The Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA) is home for the development of cross-industry e-business interchange standards that help individuals and organizations improve business processes, reduce costs, increase productivity and take advantage of new opportunities. Driving an array of e-business initiatives, DISA provides administrative and technical support to the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC). For additional information about DISA, visit www.disa.org, or call 703-970-4480.