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Champion Award

AWARDS & RECOGNITION   |   NASCIO Meritorious Service Award

2012 Recipient: Dick Clark, Chief Information Officer, State of Montana

Dick Clark was hired by Governor Brian Schweitzer on November 15, 2005, to be Montana's second State Chief Information Officer. Taking over the operation of information technology in December 2005, Clark is responsible for establishing, approving, and enforcing statewide Information Technology architecture, policies and standards for the executive branch and for working closely with the Courts, Legislature, and University system to coordinate IT in Montana. He is a member of the Governor's Cabinet

Key initiatives have included:

  • State of Montana Data Centers (SMDC) project
  • Upgrading business continuity and disaster recovery planning
  • Improving public safety communications, including:
  • Interoperability Montana Project
  • Expanding  Montana's Summit Network
  • Expanding  geographic information technology (GIS) services

In 2010 Montana released a request for information (RFI), asking vendors for input on how to best store GIS data from multiple states in the cloud.  Oregon, Utah, and Colorado joined the effort, forming the Multi-State GIS Cloud Services Assessment Team. This consortium has grown into a cornerstone and model for multi-state collaboration, with some 25 additional states expressing active interest.

Clark is a highly active NASCIO member and has been on the Executive Committee since 2010. He belongs to several committees and working groups and has been a moderator and panelist since 2009.

Parallel to, and complementing NASCIO, Clark has been active in and received recognition from the broader ICT Community. He served on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee in August 2008, and in 2009 was honored for his service and contributions to the Geospatial Community as a charter member. This year he was selected as a "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers of 2012."

His work is known for its emphasis of the challenges and opportunities that were first recognized in Montana, partnered with Utah, Colorado and Oregon and have become a national model. The Western consortium initiated the development and evolution of  the necessary concepts and tools, establishing precedents and new opportunities – overcoming historical barriers, catalyzing cultural change, demonstrating a powerful policy and business case, and the timeliness for multi-state collaboration.


"In Montana, we have a super highway of electronic communication and money in the bank – Dick Clark has contributed to both with his steady hand on state-of-the-art IT applications and tight rein on costs. I would like to congratulate Dick on this award and thank him for his efforts on behalf of Montanans."
Governor Brian Schweitzer

"My congratulations to our Chief Information Officer Dick Clark on receiving this year's NASCIO Meritorious Service Award.  He's truly worthy of national recognition for his work as an IT leader.

As director of the Montana Department of Administration, it's been my pleasure and distinct honor to work with Dick over the past seven years.  As our state's CIO, he's distinguished himself as a true IT visionary and leader.  Dick has kept Montana state government on the cutting edge of the innovative use of technology in providing high quality programs and services, while paying rigorous attention to risk management and service delivery costs.

We are fortunate indeed to have Dick providing the necessary leadership to help Montana state government define the future role of information technology services."
Janet R. Kelly, Director, Montana Department of Administration


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