AWARDS & RECOGNITION | NASCIO's Technology Champion Award
NASCIO's members recognize the need for strong, cross-jurisdictional leadership to advance sound information technology policy. Each spring NASCIO’s Executive Committee recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a clear understanding of the fundamental role that information technology can play in efficient and effective government operations. The NASCIO Technology Champion Award honors innovative leadership to promote sound information technology solutions, policies and practices. Recipients have a proven track record of sustained interest in and advocacy for IT in the public sector.
2015 NASCIO Technology Champion Recipient
John R. Kasich, Governor, State of Ohio
The NASCIO Technology Champion Award honors innovative leadership to promote sound information technology solutions, policies and practices. The 2015 award recipient is Ohio Governor John Kasich, who has been an outspoken champion for technology.
Governor Kasich’s vision and leadership has been integral to the success of multiple technology projects in Ohio. During his tenure a number of key milestones have been met, including significant cost savings through network consolidation and optimization, and improving public safety by upgrading first responder communication networks. Kasich also supported the establishment of a Technology Board to enhance enterprise IT alignment and ensure that agency interests are represented within the IT governance process and duplicate activities are minimized. The board aligns agencies according to common purpose within Lines of Business (LoB): Health and Human Services, Business and Industry, Administration and Finance, Public Safety and Criminal Justice, and Infrastructure and Environment. This model for IT governance process has encouraged the creation of new, innovative, enterprise-focused solutions that meet LoB requirements. The LoB structure facilitates communications between agencies and the central IT Office as it pertains to shared solutions and services and assists in the development of strategies that increase value and decrease infrastructure and operating costs.
In his 2012 State of the State address, the Governor announced his commitment to expand the capacity of the Ohio Academic Resources Network from 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) to 100 Gbps. He envisioned the increased capacity to support job growth, medical research, higher education, manufacturing and a medical corridor in Ohio. The project was completed in eight months and established a 100 gig, 1,850-mile, statewide fiber-optic backbone, connecting 10 major cities and linking to Internet2’s international 100 Gbps network.
Governor Kasich understands the critical nature of technology in delivering services to citizens and businesses and the importance of technology in supporting education and development of Ohio’s future leaders.
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Tom Carper, Senator, Delaware
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