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The NASCIO Technology Champion Award honors outstanding contributions in the field of information technology in the public sector. Recipients further NASCIO’s vision of government in which the public is fully served through the efficient and effective use of technology policy.
Submissions for the 2018 award are closed. The recipient will be honored during the NASCIO 2018 Midyear Confrence.
Nominees must be an elected or appointed official representing federal, state or local government. Academicians, authors, journalists or individuals from the nonprofit or private sector are also eligible.
Nominations will be accepted from NASCIO members and non-members. NASCIO staff may also nominate outstanding individuals they encounter in the course of their work.
The NASCIO Technology Champion is an individual whose personal leadership has made a critical contribution to the effective use of information technology in the public sector on a national scale. While the recipient’s contributions may be focused in a specific category (public policy, government efficiency, homeland security, healthcare, education, information security, research, or innovation) or a specific state, their work has broader implications that help to advance IT as an effective and transformational tool for government.
The final determination of the NASCIO Technology Champion is made by the NASCIO Executive Committee.
Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia
Governor McAuliffe has exemplified superior executive direction and leadership in the field of public sector information. His leadership in IT has had immediate positive impact and is expected to have long reaching benefit for the Commonwealth of Virginia and serves as an example nationally.
Governor McAuliffe has made Cyber Security leadership a trademark of his administration. Virginia was the first state to adopt the NIST cyber security framework and establish an Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) for cyber security.
At a high level, his accomplishment can be broken down into two areas: nationwide-efforts as Chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) and Commonwealth-specific efforts for economy diversification and the protection of citizen data.
As NGA Chair, the Governor showed leadership by making cyber security the top priority for states under a “Meet the Threat: States confront the Cyber Challenge” initiative. A primary goal of the initiative is for states to develop strategies for strengthening cybersecurity practices as they relate to state IT networks, health care, education, public safety, energy, transportation, critical infrastructure, economic development, and the workforce.
Specific to Virginia, the Governor has also made significant efforts to diversify the commonwealth’s economy and protect citizen data. Cyber Security is one of Governor McAuliffe’s top priorities and a key component of the New Virginia Economy. This includes the development of a sustainable talent pipeline capable of providing skilled, industry-ready workers to meet this increasing demand.
Through the Virginia Cyber Commission, a holistic, education-centric approach to building the Commonwealth’s cyber ecosystem has been developed These initiatives include:
Former Director, United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, Department of Homeland Security
Ann Barron-DiCamillo lead DHS’s cybersecurity efforts as Director of US-CERT. In this role, she responded to major incidents, analyzed threats, and shared information with partners around the world. US-CERT is a 24/7 operation that analyzes hundreds of incident reports and over 40 billion netflow transactions daily; compares suspicious files against millions of malicious code samples; and works with over 400 public and private sector partners, all while protecting Americans’ privacy and civil liberties.
Ann oversaw a team of 150 federal employees and 100 contractors, which produces 20,000 actionable mitigation measures yearly. She regularly briefed the Secretary of Homeland Security and senior White House leaders on cybersecurity incidents and trends, and testified before Congress as a cybersecurity expert. Ann’s team led the response to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach, assessing the situation and providing immediate mitigation, as well as implementing long-term remediation tactics. As part of this process, Ann’s team developed signatures to protect government systems from intrusions, a tool that can now be used across the public sector to increase security while still encouraging collaboration. Ann also ensured broader lessons learned from the incident were shared with other government agencies and stakeholders so everyone could learn from the situation and implement preventative measures. Her work in the immediate aftermath of the OPM hack was the basis for U.S. CIO Tony Scott’s 30-day “cyber sprint” initiative, designed to assess and improve agencies’ cybersecurity measures.
Ann is dedicated to improving the nation’s cybersecurity environment through information sharing, and by doing so encourages government transparency and collaboration. Her view is that one person’s detection is another’s prevention, and believes that sharing cybersecurity data with others will increase the safety of public sector networks around the globe – and allow for information technology to be utilized as an effective government tool without security fears
Ann’s contributions are well recognized within the public sector IT and cybersecurity communities. In 2015, she was named a “Top 10 Women ‘Power Players’ in IT Security” by SC Magazine. She was also recognized as one of the “Top 10 Women Cyber Guardians You Should Know” in 2015 by NextGov. Ann is also an adjunct professor at American University, where she teaches a course on cybersecurity, risk management and governance to help improve education on cybersecurity practices for the future generation of public sector IT leaders.
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.
Dave McClure, Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, U.S. General Services Administration
The NASCIO Technology Champion Award honors innovative leadership to promote sound information technology solutions, policies and practices. This year the award recipient is Dave McClure, Associate Administrator from the office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the U.S. General Services Administration.
Over three decades in the public, private and non-profit sectors, Dave McClure has been one of the most active and influential participants in the development and implementation of advanced technology in government. He has been at the center of IT modernization since the 1990s, when, as director for the information management studies at the Government Accountability Office, he pioneered GAO’s best practices reports, leading to the Clinger-Cohen and E-Government acts.
Dave McClure wields significant influence within the government IT community and its public, private, academic and non-profit partners. In addition to working with the White House and Office of Management and Budget to implement the administration’s open government, digital strategy and IT efficiency programs, he serves on the Federal CIO Council Executive Committee and the Federal Digital Services Advisory Group. He is regularly consulted by the American Council for Technology as a charter member of its Executive Advisory Council.
Dave is a friend of NASCIO and has collaborated with us on joint research projects and is always willing to listen to opportunities to assist states.
During his career he has been recognized repeatedly as an influential IT leader, receiving dozens of major awards in the government IT community.
William Pelgrin is the President & CEO of the Center for Internet Security, and Founder and Chair of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). Pelgrin has made significant contributions to technology policy and practice in the public sector by championing cyber security and facilitating collaborative solutions for state and local governments across the nation. His philosophy is one of partnership in order to get the job done and serve the needs of the public sector. Pelgrin founded the MS-ISAC, which is now a division of the non-profit Center for Internet Security, in recognition of the need for a coordinated approach to IT security. The MS-ISAC is the ISAC for state, local, territorial and tribal (SLTT) governments. Prior to the MS-ISAC, there was no single, coordinated resource for information sharing and response for SLTTs for cyber security.
Pelgrin also recognized the tremendous interdependencies between cyber and physical security, with each playing an important role in securing our nation's critical infrastructure. To that end, he has actively pursued a collaborative relationship with physical security partners within the states and local governments--including state Homeland Security Advisors and law enforcement officials--many of whom participate in the MS-ISAC. Pelgrin established the Cyber Threat Intelligence Coordinating Group (CTICG) as a means to facilitate valuable situational awareness and identification of interrelationships between physical and cyber security activities.
Through Pelgrin's leadership, and in partnership with the US Department of Homeland Security, the MS-ISAC provides managed security services for more than two dozen states and local governments, and the number continues to grow. In addition to his contributions in providing policy and operational support to SLTT governments, Pelgrin also realized the challenges that many SLTTs face in being able to implement IT security solutions. To address this, he launched the Trusted Purchasing Alliance (TPA) division of the Center for Internet Security in mid- 2012.
Alan Shark's career has spanned over 28 years as a widely recognized leader in the nonprofit technology and management fields, with an emphasis on technology applications for business and government. He has championed and practiced excellence in technology-enabled management and good government, with an emphasis on cross-boundary collaboration. Under his leadership, PTI actively supports local government executives and elected officials through research, education, executive-level consulting services, and national recognition programs. During the last few years PTI has also become a partner with NASCIO in developing and implementing shared state and local government strategies and practices, including advocacy for collaboration at the federal level. Shark has been a strong partner in advocating for and forging a viable state, local and federal partnership collaboration platform. As an author, lecturer, and speaker on information technology developments and applications for most of his career, his experience has balanced and embraced the business, government, education and technology sectors.
Shark also serves as a government advisor to TechAmerica's State & Local Government Cloud Commission. He is also the chair of the newly formed ad-hoc panel on technology leadership for the National Academy for Public Administration. This will help foster greater understanding of technology innovation at all levels of government.
Aneesh Chopra is the United States Chief Technology Officer and in this role serves as an Assistant to the President and Associate Director for Technology within the Office of Science & Technology Policy. He works to advance the President’s technology agenda by fostering new ideas and encouraging government-wide coordination to help the country meet its goals from job creation, to reducing health care costs, to protecting the homeland. He was sworn in on May 22nd, 2009. Prior to his appointment, he served as Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia from January 2006 until April 2009. He previously served as Managing Director with the Advisory Board Company, a publicly-traded healthcare think tank. Chopra was named to Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue in 2008. Aneesh Chopra received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and his M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Vivek Kundra was appointed as the United States Chief Information Officer by President Obama in March 2009. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Kundra served in Mayor Fenty's cabinet as the CTO for the District of Columbia and Governor Kaine’s cabinet as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has also served in leadership roles in the private sector.
The World Economic Forum selected Kundra as a 2011 Young Global Leader, representing a group of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future. He has been recognized as the 2009 Chief of the Year by InformationWeek for driving unprecedented change in Federal IT and as the 2008 IT Executive of the Year for his pioneering work to drive transparency, engage citizens and lower the cost of government operations. He has also been recognized by InfoWorld among the top 25 CTO's in the country.
Governor O’Malley was formally recognized with this award during a ceremony at NASCIO’s Midyear Conference on April 30.
Born in 1963, Martin O’Malley spent his childhood in Bethesda and Rockville, learning about the fundamental importance of public service from his parents, Tom and Barbara O’Malley. He attended the University of Maryland School of Law, and later became Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, a member of the Baltimore City Council, and eventually Mayor of Baltimore City.
Martin O’Malley is a fearless, intelligent public servant. As Mayor of Baltimore City, he helped bring communities together to build a safer, cleaner and healthier city. Now, as Governor of the State of Maryland, he is applying his knowledge, experience and energy to making State government work again for the people. Martin O’Malley’s administration has been credited with “accomplishing more in one year than most administrations accomplish in four,” and he is driven by a belief that all citizens share certain core values and goals, and works tirelessly to unite the State as One Maryland.
Born in West Virginia and raised in Virginia, Tom Carper attended The Ohio State University on a Navy R.O.T.C. scholarship, graduating in 1968 with a B.A. in economics. He first fell in love with Delaware when he looked out the window of a military transport aircraft flying into Dover Air Force Base during his first year in the U.S. Navy. He went on to complete five years of service as a naval flight officer and continued to serve in the Naval Reserve until retiring from military service in 1991 with the rank of captain.
After serving as a naval flight officer in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War and later as a P-3 aircraft mission commander, Carper returned to Delaware in 1973 where he earned his M.B.A. at the University of Delaware.
His career in public service began in 1976 when he was elected to the first of three terms as Delaware's state treasurer. In 1982, he was elected to represent Delaware in the U.S. House of Representatives.
After serving five terms as a U.S. congressman, Carper became the 78th governor of Delaware in 1993 and served two terms in that role. As governor, he pursued a common-sense agenda that cut taxes, increased employment and the 'rainy day' fund, boosted Delaware's credit rating to an all-time high, overhauled the state's education system and helped lead welfare reform initiatives in Delaware and the nation.
During his second term as governor, Carper was selected by his colleagues to serve as vice-chairman, then as chairman of the National Governors' Association (NGA). After serving as chairman, he directed the NGA's 'Center for Best Practices,' which focused on developing and implementing innovative solutions to policy challenges faced by governors across the nation. On Jan. 3, 2001, Tom Carper became Delaware's junior senator. With his re-election to the U.S. Senate on November 7, 2006, he has been elected to state-wide public office in Delaware 12 times. When Senator Biden stepped down to become vice president in January 2009, Carper became Delaware's senior senator.
For the 111th Congress, beginning in January of 2009, Senator Carper gained a seat on the prestigious Senate Finance Committee. He also retained his seats on the Environment and Public Works Committee and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and will continue to chair the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety and the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security.
He and his wife Martha Ann reside in Wilmington. Their youngest son, Ben, attends college in Virginia and their oldest son, Chris, attends college in Boston.
Peter A. Harkness has been editor and publisher of Governing, a magazine for leaders of state and local governments, since it was founded 21 years ago. Before that, he was editor and deputy publisher of the Congressional Quarterly, a Washington information company known for publishing what is regarded as the unofficial and independent "bible" covering the U.S. Congress.
Mr. Harkness has watched government at all levels, from Washington to the states, cities, and counties, for 38 years. His reporting assignments for CQ included the White House, Congress, and national politics. In 1987, he foundedGoverning magazine on the premise that much of the responsibility and authority for governing the country had moved down to the state and local level, yet no one in the national press was paying any attention.
He is a recipient of the Raymond Clapper Award for investigative reporting, awarded by the White House Correspondents Association, and is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, one of the few journalists to be inducted into its membership.
Cathilea Robinett is Executive Director of e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute focused on information technology policy and best practices in state and local government. She is also Executive Vice President of e.Republic, the Center’s parent company, where she regularly consults on editorial direction of its magazines (Government Technology, Public CIO, Emergency Management and Texas Technology) and the major themes of its annual conferences held across the country.
Robinett is a frequent speaker for worldwide government and education organizations, including Harvard University, the United Nations, the State Legislative Leaders’ Foundation, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, the World Congress on Information Technology and many more. She is quoted frequently in the press with articles appearing in USA Today, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and Forbes magazine to name a few.
For more than fifteen years, she has served as a thought leader and adviser to public and private sector professionals, and has worked extensively with jurisdictions throughout the nation helping them develop sound and successful strategies for the Digital Age.
Michael O. Leavitt was sworn in as the 20th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on January 26, 2005. As secretary, he leads national efforts to protect the health of all Americans and provide essential human services to those in need. Prior to his current service, Leavitt served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Governor of Utah. While at EPA, Leavitt signed the Clean Air Diesel Rule, implemented new, more-protective air quality standards for ozone and fine particle pollution and organized a regional collaboration of national significance to clean and protect the Great Lakes.
Prior to his work in the Bush Administration, Sec. Leavitt was the nation's longest-serving governor. During his eleven years of service, Utah was recognized six times as one of America's best managed states. He was chosen by his peers as Chairman of the National Governors Association, Western Governors Association and Republican Governors Association because of his ability to solve problems across partisan lines. The application of technology is a passion for Secretary Leavitt. His understanding of the significance of technology and his articulation of the impact that the internet could have on society is evidenced in everything he as done in government over the past 14 years. He was one of the first government officials to recognize that the sociology of technology was more important than the technology itself and he provided the communications and leadership skills to bride the gap. During his tenure as Governor of Utah, the state's website was awarded "Best of Web," offering more than 260 services online. As Secretary of Health and Human Services he is committed to unleashing the power of technology to improve the quality of care, reduce mistakes and manage costs. He and his wife Jacalyn are the parents of five children.
Jerry Mechling, Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, is Director of the E-Government Executive Education Project. His studies focus on the impacts of information and digital technologies on individual, organizational, and societal issues. He consults on these and other topics with public and private organizations locally and internationally. Most recently he was primary author of Eight Imperatives for Leaders in a Networked World. A present Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and four-time recipient of the Federal 100 Award, he was formerly a Fellow of the Kennedy School Institute of Politics, served as an aide to the Mayor and Assistant Administrator of the New York City Environmental Protection Administration, and as Director of the Office of Management and Budget for the City of Boston. He received his BA in physical sciences from Harvard College and his MPA and PhD in economics and public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. He and his wife Teresa Cader, live with their daughters Katherine and Emma in Lexington, Massachusetts.
On April 26, at its 2004 Midyear conference, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) honored former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringerwith its Recipient Award. The award was developed to recognize an individual for outstanding contributions in the field of information technology policy.
"Governor Geringer's efforts to promote sound IT policy have had a broad impact beyond his home state of Wyoming. Geringer realizes the value of technology integration and is one of the champions of GIS and how to integrate it with all of the data necessary to solve state problems. NASCIO is honored to give Governor Geringer this prestigious award," said NASCIO President and Missouri CIO Gerry Wethington.
Jim Geringer was elected as Wyoming's 30th governor in 1994 and completed his second term in January 2003. During his time in office, Governor Geringer focused on improving education through standards, accountability and technology. He modernized economic planning extensively to include technology. In addition he has served as chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) Technology Task Force.
Governor Geringer's advocacy for technology has centered on the end result of how technology enhances services, emphasizing the benefits of integrated service delivery and enterprise-wide solutions.
Whether it is advancing the case for enterprise-wide information technology architecture, encouraging the reform of unwieldy federal IT funding policies, or fighting to bring a unified focus on e-government to Washington, Representative Davis has truly been a technology policy champion. In the last two years, Congressman Davis successfully passed several important bills through Congress, including the Digital Tech Corps Act, the E-Gov Act of 2002, the Federal Security Information Security Act, and the Critical Infrastructure Information Act. Davis' strong commitment to working with the states is critical to improving national information technology policies and practices.
From left, NASCIO President and Missouri State CIO Gerry Wethington, Congressman Tom Davis and Virginia CIO and Secretary of Technology George Newstrom at NASCIO's 2003 DC Fly-In where the Recipient Award was presented to Congressman Davis.
Congressman Davis is Chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform in the 108th Congress.
NASCIO is proud to present the inaugural Recipient Award to Congressman Davis.
Representative Davis was recently named Chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform in the 108th Congress after serving as Chairman of the newly formed Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy since January 2002. He also reclaimed his seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and serves on the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet.
Representative Davis serves as one of four co-chairs of the Information Technology Working Group, a group he founded to promote a better understanding of issues important to the computer and technology industries. In 1999, he sponsored the Y2K Act, legislation which ensured that businesses spent their money on Y2K compliance rather than saving it for costly lawsuits that might have otherwise arisen. Representative Davis was the recipient of the Electronic Industry Alliance's 1999 Congressional Technology Policy Award and was inducted into the American Electronics Association's High Tech Hall of Fame in Spring 2000.
Prior to his election to Congress, Representative Davis was the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County. Preceding this, Representative Davis served as Vice President and General Counsel of PRC, Inc., a high technology and professional services firm headquartered in McLean, Virginia.