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Champion Award

AWARDS & RECOGNITION   |   NASCIO's Technology Champion Award

Applaud Outstanding Technology Leadership
Nominations are now being accepted for NASCIO's Technology Champion Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of information technology in the public sector.

Why
Information technology - and the sound policy to manage it - facilitates the information sharing and knowledge transfer critical to protect national assets, provide cost-effective government services, and establish responsive communication to meet the needs of today's citizens.

The Award
NASCIO's members recognize the need for strong, cross-jurisdictional leadership to advance sound information technology policy. Through NASCIO's Technology Champion Award, we strive to acknowledge innovators who promote excellence in both technology and good government. Nominees should have a proven track record of sustained interest in and advocacy for IT in the public sector. The ideal candidate demonstrates a broad-ranging impact felt beyond his/her jurisdiction or organization.

Eligible Nominees

  • Elected or appointed official representing federal, state or local government.
  • Academician, author, journalist or an individual from the non-profit or private sector.

Non-Eligible Nominees

  • Current state CIOs
  • Individuals employed by NASCIO
  • Corporate members

Selection Criteria

  • NASCIO's Technology Champion is an individual whose personal leadership has made a critical contribution to the effective use of information technology in the public sector. His/her contribution may have cross-jurisdictional impact or be in a specific category (government efficiency, homeland security, healthcare, education, information security, research, etc.).
  • NASCIO's Technology Champion is also an innovator whose work has made demonstrable impacts to advance information technology as an effective tool for government.

Nominators

  • Members
  • Non-members
  • NASCIO staff

Selection Process
The final determination of NASCIO's Technology Champion is made by NASCIO's Executive Committee.

Recognition
The recipient will be announced during NASCIO's Midyear Conference in April 2015.

Nominations due date: January 22, 2015.

ONLINE NOMINATION FORM

Nominations are now closed

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.

Prior Recipients:


2014 National Technology Champions
Dave McClure, Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, U.S. General Services Administration
2013 National Technology Champions
William Pelgrin,President & CEO of the Center for Internet Security
2012 National Technology Champions
Dr. Alan Shark, CEO and Executive Director, PTI
2011 National Technology Champions
Aneesh Chopra, United States Chief Technology Officer

Vivek Kundra, United States Chief Information Officer
2010 National Technology Champion
Martin O'Malley, Governor, Maryland
2009 National Technology Champion
Tom Carper, Senator, Delaware
2008 National Technology Champion
Peter Harkness, Editor and Publisher, Governing Magazine
2007 National Technology Champion
Cathilea Robinett, Executive Director, Center for Digital Government
2006 National Technology Champion
Secretary Michael Leavitt, US Department of Health and Human Services
2005 National Technology Champion
Jerry Mechling, Lecturer in Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
2004 National Technology Champion
Jim Geringer, Governor of Wyoming 1995 – 2003
2003 National Technology Champion
Congressman Tom Davis, US House of Representatives, Virginia
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