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New NASCIO program to recognize individual IT contributions

To recognize individual achievements and contributions in state government information technology, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers is accepting nominations for a new award.
The NASCIO State Technology Champion Award is designed to recognize one individual annually for outstanding contributions in the field of information technology in state government.  Information technology – and the sound policy to manage it – is an essential element of 21st century government. 
Information technology facilitates the information sharing and knowledge transfer critical to establishing cybersecurity protections, responsive government services, and effective communication to meet the needs of today’s citizens. 
Nominations will be accepted through Monday, August 3, 2009.  

Through this award, NASCIO strives to acknowledge state leaders who promote innovation, excellence 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 has demonstrated a broad-ranging impact felt statewide or beyond. 
Nominees must be an employee, elected official, appointed official or other appointee representing state government.  Those working under contract with private sector firms are not eligible for consideration.  The State CIO is not eligible for this award. 

Selection Criteria
* The State Technology Champion is an individual whose personal leadership has made a critical contribution to the effective use of information technology by state government. 
* The State Technology Champion is also an innovator whose work has made demonstrable impacts to advance information technology as an effective tool for government. 

Selection Process
Nominations will be accepted from members as well as non-members, and NASCIO staff may also nominate outstanding individuals they encounter in the course of their work.
The State Technology Champion Subcommittee will review all nominations and present a final slate of candidates to the Executive Committee for consideration.  The requisite state CIOs will be consulted during the selection process. 
The final determination of the State Technology Champion is made by NASCIO’s Executive Committee.  The recipient will be announced during a ceremony at NASCIO’s Annual Conference on October 26 in Austin, Texas. 

Nominations will be accepted through August 3, 2009 and can be submitted online at   
Please do not include any marketing materials with your nomination.

If state agencies should need additional assistance, feel free to contact Steve Landers at COT (502) 564-4792 or


Last Updated 6/25/2009