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For immediate release: April 15, 2010
Meghan Penning

NASCIO Presents Governor O’Malley with National Technology Champion Award

(Lexington, KY) – The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) awards Governor Martin O’Malley with the association’s 2010 National Technology Champion Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to promote government performance excellence through sound information technology solutions, policies and practice.

“NASCIO is pleased to honor Governor O’Malley with this prestigious award,” said Steve Fletcher, NASCIO President and Utah State CIO. “He clearly understands the fundamental role that information technology plays in delivering efficient and effective services to citizens, and has innovatively leveraged IT to optimize government performance in the State of Maryland.”

Governor O’Malley’s vision for how technology can improve government performance is evident in his data-driven approach. First pioneered as the CitiStat program when he was Mayor of Baltimore, this concept has expanded into state-wide initiatives like Maryland’s StateStat and BayStat. As Governor, he has demonstrated he is a “champion” for technology by making IT an integral part of his management process, applying performance metrics to measure and continually monitor progress in a wide variety of statewide and regional programs. NASCIO and its members recognize that such leadership is key to advancing citizen service, information sharing and good government, and we applaud Governor O’Malley for his longstanding commitment to these efforts.

“Governor O’Malley is very deserving of this recognition,” said Elliot Schlanger, Maryland State CIO. “He relentlessly drives agencies to integrate technology, data and transparency into their missions every day. The citizens of Maryland benefit greatly from the Governor’s vision of technology in so many ways – prudent fiscal stewardship, efficient service delivery, quality educational opportunities and responsible public safety – just to name a few.”

NASCIO presents the National Technology Champion Award on an annual basis to acknowledge pioneers who promote excellence in both technology and good government. Nominees may be an elected or appointed official representing federal, state or local government, an academician, author, journalist, or an individual from the non-profit or private sector. However, current state CIOs and individuals currently employed by NASCIO corporate member companies are not eligible to receive this award.

This award will be presented to Governor O’Malley on Friday, April 30 at 10:30 am. If you are a press representative and would like to see this presentation or attend the Midyear Conference, please contact Shawn Karrick, NASCIO Membership and Communications Coordinator at

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NASCIO is the premier network and resource for state CIOs and a leading advocate for technology policy at all levels of government. NASCIO represents state chief information officers and information technology executives from the states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The primary state government members are senior officials who have executive level and statewide responsibility for information technology leadership. State officials who are involved in agency level information technology management may participate as state members. Representatives from other public sector and non-profit organizations may also participate as associate members. Private sector firms may join as corporate members and participate in the Corporate Leadership Council. For more information about NASCIO visit

Please contact Dianne Adams, NASCIO Programs and Education Coordinator, at (859) 514-9167 or, or contact Shawn Karrick, NASCIO Membership and Communications Coordinator, at (859) 514-9156 or with questions.

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