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AWARDS & RECOGNITION   |   NASCIO Meritorious Service Award

2005 Meritorious Service Award recipient Otto Doll presents Tom Jarrett with the 2006 Meritorious Service Award during the State Dinner at the 2006 Annual Conference in Miami, Florida on October 18.

2006 Recipient: Thomas Jarrett, Secretary & Chief Information Officer, State of Delaware

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), honored Thomas Jarrett, NASCIO Secretary and Delaware Chief Information Officer, with its prestigious 2006 Meritorious Service Award during its annual conference in Miami, Florida. NASCIO created this annual award to spotlight a state CIO who has exemplified outstanding service, advocacy, and leadership in state government. Meritorious Service Award recipients consistently champion the vision, mission and principles of NASCIO.

About the Recipient:
Jarrett has been an active member of NASCIO since 2001. He has served as chair of the Strategic IT Business and Services Committee and has held the position of NASCIO Vice President and President.
Jarrett, named Cabinet Secretary of the Delaware Department of Technology and Information and Delaware State Chief Information Officer in 2001, serves as Governor Minner’s chief advisor on technology matters and as the Chairman of Delaware’s Technology Investment Council. Over the past five years, Jarrett has managed the transition of the Office of Information Services to the new Department of Technology and Information (DTI). Today DTI, under Jarrett’s direction, utilizes business case methodology for review and approval of all state government IT projects, and has implemented its own compensation and performance packages.

“Five years ago I asked Tom Jarrett to help me salvage a troubled state government IT agency. Not one to be daunted by a difficult and often thankless task, Tom answered the call. He has since been the key to creating an IT organization that rivals any in the private sector and has been recognized nationally for exceptional achievements. Tom exemplifies advocacy, particularly in the area of cyber security, as well as overall vision and leadership in state government.”
Governor Ruth Ann Minner, Delaware

“Tom Jarrett breathed new life into a state government agency that was literally gasping for air. No one in Delaware state government, from the Executive Branch to the Judicial Branch to the Legislature, had any faith at all in the existing IT agency. Tom stepped into this quagmire with firm resolve to create an organization that operated with the customer service focus he knew from the private sector. Despite the naysayers and with great scrutiny from my colleagues in Legislative Hall, Tom proved that providing the right leadership, releasing the agency from the strict bounds of civil service bureaucracy and recruiting the best and brightest IT folks available, it could be done in state government. Tom has provided Delaware's government with a first class IT organization and provided his employees with market comparable salaries and a work environment that is unrivaled in the state of Delaware.“
Representative Roger Roy, Delaware

“Tom Jarrett is truly deserving of the NASCIO Meritorious Service Award. Whether creating a new state agency to oversee Delaware’s technology investments or guiding NASCIO’s advocacy of IT security and privacy policy, he has challenged the status quo and made a difference. Tom’s leadership has propelled Delaware and NASCIO well into the promise of the 21st Century.”
Otto Doll, Chief Information Officer, South Dakota

Tom Jarrett's exceptional leadership skills and diplomatic finesse are second to none. As a past President of NASCIO and Chair of numerous committees, Mr. Jarrett has vigorously championed NASCIO's mission to foster government excellence through quality business practices, information management, and technology policy. His long-standing commitment and dedication have been instrumental in NASCIO being recognized as a national leader in IT policy at all levels of government.
John Gillispie, Chief Operating Officer, Iowa


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