NASCIO Technology Champion Award Overview

NASCIO’s Technology Champion Award recognizes one individual annually for outstanding contributions in the field of information technology in the public sector. The recipient champions the critical role of IT and innovation in the business and continuity of state government and advances the belief that IT is a transformational tool that enables positive change for citizens.

Nominees may be elected or appointed officials representing federal, state or local government. They might also be an academician, author, journalist, or from the non-profit or private sector. Nominations are accepted from members, non-members and staff.

The selection of the recipient is made by the NASCIO Executive Committee, they draw heavily on their expertise as leaders in information technolgy.
The selection criteria focus on:
▪ An individual whose personal leadership has made a critical contribution to the effective use of information technology in the public sector.
▪ An innovator whose work has made demonstrable impacts to advance information technology as an effective tool for government.

Nominations for the 2020 award will open in December 2019.

NASCIO Technology Champion Award Recipients

Kate Brown 2019 Recipient:
Gary Herbert, Governor, State of Utah
Kate Brown 2018 Recipient:
Kate Brown, Governor, State of Oregon

Terry McAuliffe 2017 Recipient:
Terry McAuliffe, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia

Ann Barron-DiCamillo 2016 Recipient:
Ann Barron-DiCamillo, Former Director, United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, Department of Homeland Security

John R. Kasich 2015 Recipient:
John R. Kasich, Governor, State of Ohio

Dave McClure 2014 Recipient:
Dave McClure, Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, U.S. General Services Administration

William Pelgrin 2013 Recipient:
William Pelgrin, President & CEO of the Center for Internet Security

Dr. Alan Shark 2012 Recipient:
Dr. Alan Shark, CEO and Executive Director, PTI

Aneesh Chopra 2011 Recipient:
Aneesh Chopra, United States Chief Technology Officer

Vivek Kundra 2011 Recipient:
Vivek Kundra, United States Chief Information Officer

Martin O'Malley 2010 Recipient:
Martin O'Malley, Governor, Maryland

Tom Carper 2009 Recipient:
Tom Carper, Senator, Delaware

Peter Harkness 2008 Recipient:
Peter Harkness, Editor and Publisher, Governing Magazine

Cathilea Robinett 2007 Recipient:
Cathilea Robinett, Executive Director, Center for Digital Government

Michael Leavitt 2006 Recipient:
Secretary Michael Leavitt, US Department of Health and Human Services

Jerry Mechling 2005 Recipient:
Jerry Mechling, Lecturer in Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Jim Geringer 2004 Recipient:
Jim Geringer, Governor of Wyoming 1995 – 2003

Tom Davis 2003 Recipient:
Congressman Tom Davis, US House of Representatives, Virginia