Carl A. Fillichio, the Labor Department’s senior adviser for communications and public affairs, has been named 2013 Communicator of the Year by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) .

NAGC said Fillichio was honored “for his unwavering commitment to protecting the integrity of the department’s sensitive economic data; making the data available and accessible to the media in a secure and embargoed environment; and ensuring a level playing field in the transmission of market-moving data to the public.”

Among Fillichio’s “many accomplishments,” said NAGC President Glen Thomas, was “establishing groundbreaking new policies and procedures for releasing sensitive economic data to the public.”

Those data can immediately influence financial markets.

“A few years ago, a few seconds here or there would not have had much of an impact,” said Fillichio. “Today, fractions of a second can equate to millions or even billions of dollars in market movements.”

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