Golden Gov: State Executive of the Year

Chris Atkins Name
OMB Director Title
State of Indiana Organization

Indiana’s CFO Chris Atkins understands that technology plays a vital role in delivering services to citizens and is a huge proponent in harnessing big data and data analytics across state agencies. He reports to Gov. Mike Pence and has been key in getting executive alignment for technology utilization across agencies. Chris made the bold move to have the CIO report directly to him, aligning money, business and technology into one line of business. Chris understands that utilizing technology starting with data is the key for making better decisions.

Ron Baldwin Name
CIO/State Information Technology Service Division Title
State of Montana Organization

Ron Baldwin has partnered with Montana’s state agencies to make e-government services more seamless and effective. Baldwin is truly an innovative, respected and trusted leader who is utilizing cost effective models to build e-government services. Recently Baldwin participated in the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana to perform a cost savings and customer satisfaction analysis on specific services. Over a 5 year period, the state realized $3.4 million in operation savings due to online service operations of state government.

Paul Baltzell Name
CIO Title
State of Indiana Organization

Paul’s focus on the benefits of mobility and big data analytics is solving real problems for his state. His work on Indiana’s Management and Performance Hub (MPH) and its underlying technology made data-driven decision making a reality. Transparency website queries that once took hours now take a few minutes, and state reports that once took a month now take just thirty minutes. From drug abuse figures to infant mortality rates, data-driven decision making enabled by the MPH is a powerful catalyst for state legislation.

David Behen Name
Director & CIO Title
State of Michigan Organization

David brings a distinctive mix of public service and entrepreneurial spirit to his role as Michigan’s CIO. An IT guy at heart, he truly understands the value of IT and what it can do for customer service. With David’s help, Michigan is driving cybersecurity innovations, working to defend state networks with a cyber disruption plan and a 24/7 security operations center — a hybrid approach involving both the state police and National Guard as well as private sector partners enables a secure, customer-centric government.

David Cagigal Name
CIO Title
State of Wisconsin Organization

David Cagigal is leading efforts to provide more efficient, effective, innovative and accountable government through the consolidation of 17 agency IT infrastructures into the state’s enterprise environment; guiding an enterprise resource planning implementation across 38 agencies and replacing 120 administrative systems, which will save the state over $99 million; and launching Wisconsin’s first transparency website, OpenBook Wisconsin. With his leadership of the self-funded portal implementation, the e-gov portal has provided more than $6 million in cost avoidance for the state, while 28 applications and mobile apps were launched, including the newly designed Wisconsin.Gov.

Monica Coughlin Name
Chief Strategy Officer Title
Colorado Governor's Office of IT Organization

Colorado’s IT office is doing something unique compared to most other state IT organizations by driving IT economic development. At the helm of these efforts is Chief Strategy Officer Monica Coughlin. Monica and her team build on existing relationships and foster new ones between businesses and the state of Colorado that bolster a highly robust IT ecosystem. Two of the companies Monica worked with last year could bring another 400 new tech jobs to Colorado. That's what we call innovative efforts.

Adel Ebeid Name
Chief Innovation Officer Title
City of Philadelphia Organization

The new CIO, Adel Ebeid, came in 2011 with a bold vision to change the culture from "building IT" to "managing IT" while inspiring staff to embrace the role of a "tech broker" as opposed to "tech providers." With a strong push for more cloud/mobile/social/data, the team was able to adjust its tech portfolio so that 30 to 50 percent of the tech footprint resides in the cloud, leaving behind things that the organization must be accountable for.

John Gale Name
Secretary of State Title
State of Nebraska Organization

As Nebraska secretary of state and chairman of the Nebraska State Records Board, John Gale has pushed for increased and improved online access to state government. While secretary, John has significantly improved the state’s election system, vastly increased the state’s online programs and streamlined the state’s business services. Significant online services include implementing the Corporate Document eDelivery application for corporations and businesses to submit documents online, and Uniform Commercial Code and Effective Financing Statement online filings and searches which are required for commercial or business dealings and transactions.

Mark Gower Name
CISO/ Office of Management & Enterprise Services Title
State of Oklahoma Organization

Recently Mark’s leadership and vision provided the roadmap for the state of Oklahoma to standardize security protection across 135 agencies and gain a centralized ability to monitor endpoint security, and the results are impressive. Examples include zero significant disruption from malicious code since deployment, $2.3 million in projected five-year savings for taxpayers, six person-years in IT staff productivity reclaimed by centralizing security, and on-time deployment for 28,000 endpoints in six months. The standardized approach has allowed the state to develop what they now call the state of Oklahoma Cyber Command Services.

Suma Nallapati Name
Secretary of Technology & CIO Title
Colorado Governor's Office of IT Organization

In her short time with the state, Colorado’s Secretary of Technology and CIO Suma Nallapati has intuitively responded to the service delivery needs of Colorado’s agencies. She set a clear “back to basics” agenda for the state’s information technology team while increasing transparency for executive branch agencies with a customer dashboard called “OneView” from which they can track projects, budgets, security, resources, personnel and project health. Suma’s new focus is on major incident and change management.

Craig Orgeron Name
State of Mississippi Organization

Dr. Craig Orgeron brings over 25 years of information technology experience in the private sector and on the federal and state level. Currently, he serves as the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) and CIO for the state of Mississippi. Orgeron’s leadership helps to fulfill the mission of ITS which is to provide trusted information technology and telecommunications leadership and services that offer proven, cost effective solutions to all stakeholders in Mississippi government.

Carlos Ramos Name
CIO Title
State of California Organization

In 2014, Carlos Ramos, as California's CIO, has spearheaded the state's efforts for mobile technology, project management and cybersecurity. Ramos was also behind the successful launch of the state's cloud program, CalCloud, and mapping technology to help public safety officials fight wildfires.

Jennifer Rasmussen Name
Deputy Court Administrator for IT Title
State of Nebraska Organization

Jennifer’s successes to streamline business process by implementing technology both to constituents and court staff is industry leading. The courts have many online processes that drastically reduce court costs and expenses, including appellate case search and juror application/pooling. She oversees the juror implementation and training process and encourages 93 courts to use the Juror Application. The appellate case search was developed to attract the adoption of the 2015 Appellate Court eFiling project. Attorneys that e-file find it beneficial to access to court documents in real-time.

Calvin Rhodes Name
CIO/Georgia Technology Authority Title
State of Georgia Organization

Georgia CIO Calvin Rhodes leads a public-private partnership that’s consolidating and modernizing the state’s IT enterprise. He leads a related initiative to make it easier for state agencies to benefit from IT marketplace changes. He also oversees statewide IT policies and standards. Georgia’s leadership in technology to improve government services was affirmed when the Center for Digital Government awarded the state an A- in the 2014 Digital States Survey; only three states scored higher.

Robert Woolley Name
Chief Technical Architect /Dept. of Technology Services Title
State of Utah Organization

Robert Woolley has an incredible understanding and vision for technology in the state of Utah. His depth of understanding enables him to make highly technical analyses and recommendations in many challenging areas of technology architecture. As the chief technical architect for the state of Utah's Department of Technology Services, he has represented the state on the Western States Contracting Alliance Cloud Contract and helped improve accessibility using Google Apps.

Innovation of the Year

ARSTAR STreamline Auto Renewal Program
Arkansas Dept. of Finance & Administration Organization

Arkansas offers free online car tag renewal, but customers who procrastinate need car tags immediately. Physically visiting the local revenue office only compounds the stereotypical frustration of long lines at the DMV. The solution? Self-service kiosks. Kiosks offer the same services as online renewal without the customer taking a number and waiting in line for an agent. Once the renewal process is complete, the tags are immediately available for pickup. Since July 2014, more than 12,000 customers have used the kiosk in five offices with an estimated 50 percent utilization rate.

Central Business Licensing & Registration Portal Program
Maryland Dept. of Business & Economic Development Organization

The Central Business Licensing and Registration Portal (CBL) is Maryland’s cross-agency online business registration system that streamlines the regulations and permitting process for new businesses. CBL allows entrepreneurs, through a single website, to complete and submit the forms required to create a legal business entity, register a new business trade name, establish tax accounts and order certified copies. The system reduces the time it takes to register a new business from an average of 10 weeks to five to seven days.

Colorado Statewide Child Abuse Hotline Program
Colorado Dept. of Human Services Organization

The Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline went live on Jan. 1, 2015, to provide one statewide, easy-to-remember toll-free number to report suspected child abuse and neglect. The hotline serves as an immediate, efficient route to the counties that are accepting and responding to child abuse and neglect inquiries and reports. Every single call is answered by a live person. The hotline enables the Department of Human Services to capture new critical information on a statewide basis, such as volume, duration, speed of answer, wait time, transfers and abandonment.

Content Management System Platform Program
State of Wisconsin Organization

Wisconsin agencies use at least five different content management systems (CMS) platforms, but that could soon change. Agencies now have the option to adopt, at no cost, the unified Wisconsin CMS, powered by SharePoint 2013. Implemented in April 2014 with the launch of Wisconsin.Gov, the CMS offers two templates for adoption, facilitating unified, mobile-responsive design and the opportunity to leverage the same content across multiple sites. Template enhancements can be rolled out across different agency sites, and each site can leverage the powerful authoring interface to let authors create and manage content directly.

CyberWARN Program
State of Oklahoma Office of Management & Enterprise Services Organization

State of Oklahoma CyberWARN Information Services, a division of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, implemented the state of Oklahoma CyberWARN program to protect mission-critical networks and state digital assets 24 hours a day, seven days a week. CyberWARN is a system designed to monitor and respond to issues that arise from hacking, malware, spam email campaigns, intrusions and anything that threatens the security of the state’s digital infrastructure. It uses an array of intelligence feeds where correlation engines aggregate the data into a monitored visual intelligence display dashboard.

TOPS - Transportation Online Permitting System Program
District of Columbia DOT Organization

TOPS enables home owners, tenants, and businesses alike to apply for the specific type of public space occupancy, construction, excavation, annual or rental permit required for use of the public space within the District of Columbia. This includes permits to occupy metered and unmetered curbside parking, sidewalk, alley or travel lane areas for an activity or construction related work.

Innovating Municipal IT: Accessing Technology & Democratizing Data in Philadelphia Program
Office of Innovation & Technology/City of Philadelphia Organization

Philadelphia’s effort to make data publicly available and accessible, coupled with equally strong work providing the city’s underserved communities with access to technology and the Internet, has yielded outcomes of greater benefit than if either open data or digital inclusion were pursued individually. Integrating these two frequently compartmentalized initiatives so that they interact with and complement one another provides Philadelphia's communities with a unique experience in civic technology. Our outcomes express themselves in civic applications that allow residents to engage in personally meaningful ways with their neighborhood and government.

Livestock Reporting Program
Montana Dept. of Revenue Organization

The first phase of Livestock Reporting went live January 1, 2015, and within the brief inaugural period, 1,368 livestock owners opted to enter their information online rather than fill out a paper report. This application provides greater convenience and access to government for Montana farmers and ranchers, who can enter livestock counts, view their assessment and pay their annual fees in a simple, single interface. State staff have less paper to handle, and information flows seamlessly to the department for fee calculation and collection, to counties, and to Livestock.

Management & Performance Hub Program
State of Indiana Organization

The state of Indiana is harnessing big data. Agencies across the state are collaborating to tackle big problems by using data to target issues, such as infant mortality, recidivism, and tax fraud. Indiana is taking a new innovative approach. Instead of deploying a one-size-fits-all solution, Indiana is using advanced mathematics, technology and in-memory computing to determine the root causes of problems and develop unique individualized solutions. This technological resource is being used as an enterprisewide solution for complex problems.

Maryland Safety Inspection System Program
Maryland State Police Organization

The Maryland State Police launched the statewide vehicle safety inspection service. This service improves the vehicle inspection process by allowing authorized vehicle inspection stations to report inspection results to the MSP electronically. This service creates a database that the MSP can use to track all vehicle inspections throughout the state and helps to eliminate fraudulent inspection certificates. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration also receives inspection data electronically, which eliminates the need for the paper certificate to be provided to the agency by the vehicle owner and reduces foot traffic at MVA branch offices.

Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority (MP-PAA) Facilities Reservations Program
Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission Organization

The multi-jurisdictional Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority works to preserve water access in Virginia’s Middle Peninsula. It did not have resources to offer access on many of its holdings, though, and needed a way to self-fund the costs. MP-PAA teamed up with Virginia Interactive to provide an innovative new mobile friendly facilities reservation service for hunting tracts, boat slips, parking and other outdoor recreational opportunities on MP-PAA lands. The service has enabled the authority to open up properties that would otherwise remain unused.

Minnesota Homeless Veterans Registry Program
Minnesota Dept. of Veterans Affairs Organization

An innovative new tool is helping Minnesota get one step closer to ending homelessness for veterans. After a rapid development process, the state launched the Minnesota Homeless Veteran Registry for organizations to share client-level information securely and with the veteran’s consent. A team of more than 20 staff from a dozen agencies has been collaborating to ensure that every veteran on the list is getting the fastest access to housing they can.

Motor Vehicle Registration Renewal Program
Nebraska Dept. of Motor Vehicles Organization

The motor vehicle registration proof of insurance innovation allows individuals to upload a picture of their insurance card if the renewal system is unable to verify their current insurance. The image is then submitted to the county treasurer’s office to review and approve online, in one simple transaction. Currently, insurance companies report policies electronically two times a month, making your registration renewal online possible, but not all insurance companies are required to report electronically due to certain exceptions. Program
Indiana Office of Technology Organization

Indiana constituents and businesses across the country now have the ability to create an online profile,, which allows instant access to services, news, events, traffic and more. Users are able to register an account using social media (Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) or a custom username and password. As users navigate the simple one-page registration, the application uses innovative logic to build the user’s profile. The most important selection upon registration is the user’s “I Am” selection. This feature allows users to specify what demographics they fall within.

myStafford Citizen Portal Program
Stafford County, VA Organization

The Stafford County Treasurer's Office, the Stafford Department of Utilities and Virginia Interactive teamed up to launch the award-winning myStafford Citizen Portal, a forward-thinking mobile friendly bill payment solution allowing citizens to enroll in e-billing and view and pay their different bills online. The self-service portal brings convenience to citizen and significant efficiency gains and cost savings to Stafford County. With more than 4,000 e-bill customers, the Portal is empowering citizens and saving the county over $41,000 annually.

PMO Agile Center of Excellence Program
State of Maine Office of IT Organization

PMO Agile – Center of Excellence leads adoption of agile methodologies within state IT projects. It mentors state agencies in agile fundamentals, promotes successful collaborative on projects and establishes an Agile culture. The agile certification track has six training courses established, educating more than 260 employees with 5000-plus hours of training incorporating agile fundamentals. The success of the agile project implementation has led to a 90 percent reduction in blocked claims processing time, from 40 to four days, with 70 percent faster pay time and 90 percent reduction in staff time.

Responsive Web Design Implementation Program
Georgia Technology Authority Organization

In 2014, the Georgia Technology Authority set out to help Georgia state agencies make their websites mobile-friendly using responsive design. Georgia became possibly the first state to make its entire official Web platform automatically display content at the ideal resolution regardless of a visitor’s device, and 70 state agency sites are now mobile-friendly. The enterprise platform is also among the nation’s first to fully incorporate federal Section 508 compliance standards and best practices from the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) for web accessibility. They ensure an inclusive, accessible experience for users with assistive technology.

Subscription Application & Portal Program Organization Subscriber Application and Portal gives constituents a single sign on and registration process to access dozens of online services, across many state agencies. Agencies include the Department of Motor Vehicles, Secretary of State, Supreme Court, etc. Connecting with government is now intuitive, easy and available 365/24/7. These applications were built using state-of-the-art technology in a responsive design. The portal offers quick links to all services, how to and learn more instructions and demonstrations.

Dashboard App Program
Tennessee General Assembly Organization

Tennessee has redefined the administration of its legislative process with the “Dashboard” iPad app for legislators in session. It displays meetings and bill information in real-time, so documents and actions appear just seconds after the gavel drops – no more paperwork in binders. But it doesn’t just replace paper; it offers a 360-degree view of every bill. The former manual process for research and bill-related documents included printing several packets, each between 300-500 pages, every week.

Utah Hunting & Fishing App Program
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Organization

The official mobile hunting and fishing application from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is the first state digital wallet to allow law enforcement to scan and verify official licenses and permits with existing equipment. Official digital documents are a new concept for state governments. Increasingly individuals are looking to smart phones and other mobile devices to interact with government and to carry vital information and records. The application allows access to information remotely that has never been available digitally in the field before.

State IT Program of the Year

Central Business Licensing & Registration Portal (CBL) Program
Maryland Dept. of Business & Economic Development Organization

The Central Business Licensing and Registration Portal (CBL) is Maryland’s cross-agency online business registration system that streamlines the regulations and permitting process for new businesses. CBL allows entrepreneurs, through a single website, to complete and submit the forms required to create a legal business entity, register a new business trade name, establish tax accounts and order certified copies. The system reduces the time it takes to register a new business from an average of 10 weeks to five to seven days. Up to 62 percent of all business filings in Maryland are completed online with 25 percent from mobile devices.

Commercial Driver License Knowledge Practice Test Mobile Application Program
Wisconsin/DOA-DET Organization

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation offers a suite of new online services designed for the unique needs of commercial drivers. The free Commercial Driver License Knowledge Practice Test mobile application allows new commercial drivers the ability to prepare for tests prior to visiting a license branch for testing. While the mobile-responsive Commercial Driver License Guide, the first of its kind in the nation, enables both current and potential new commercial drivers the ability to check their eligibility and real-time license status for personalized step-by-step instructions and pre-populated documents based on what they want to do.

Dept. of Revenue Infrastructure Modernization Initiative Program
Colorado Governor's Office of IT Organization

In 2014 the Governor’s Office of Information Technology completed the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Infrastructure Modernization initiative — an incredible project that completely upgraded systems, resulting in faster service and greater accuracy. The project modernized the core data infrastructure and facilitated the migration of mission-critical applications — the state’s core tax system, sales tax analysis, sales tax calculator, and motor vehicle renew by mail, emissions and accident reporting, among others — to a virtualized environment, and implemented security control consistent with state standards and security best practices. This was the single largest, non-enterprise infrastructure improvement since Colorado’s 2008 IT consolidation.

Innovation Center Program
State of North Carolina/ OITS Organization

North Carolina’s Innovation Center is a "try before you buy" lab where state employees, students and industry collaborate to test technology before the state invests. More than $6 million worth of technology has been evaluated at no cost to the state, including digital and mobile solutions that improve efficiency and customer service. Agencies can be confident that the technology they’re purchasing will meet their needs, and the state has saved $22 million by aggregating its buying power. The iCenter has become a national model, with North Carolina leading NASCIO’s National Innovation Community of 44 states who share ideas about government innovation.

IT Project Management Professional Development & Certification Program Program
Georgia Technology Authority Organization

Georgia’s state CIO realized state agencies needed project management support, which led to the IT Project Management Professional Development and Certification Program. The program helps state agencies build expertise in IT project management and offers 15 courses, all at no charge to Georgia state employees. The program confers two professional certifications: (1) Project Manager Certification is designed to better align traditional project management to state business practices and (2) Project Assurance Manager Certification is designed to enable an agency to perform project assurance activities on its own projects. Four hundred people from 19 states agencies have participated in the program.

Maine Business Answers Program
Maine Dept. of Economic & Community Development Organization

Maine Business Answers ( is an online service offered by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. The service was designed to make it easier to conduct business in the state of Maine. Business Answers helps individuals determine the business licenses and permits they need to start a business by walking them through a series of questions. Once all questions are answered, a list of licenses and permits is provided with additional contact information for each document. Business Answers also includes a searchable directory of all licenses and permits, available to those individuals looking for a specific form.

Maine Corporate Fraud Monitoring Program
Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions Organization

The Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions was just the second state agency in the nation to introduce an online corporate fraud monitoring service ( Users who sign up for the service create an online profile that will keep track of the business entities they want to monitor. This profile allows users to review, add or delete entities from their account, update email addresses for notifications and view a list of filings completed against the entity over the past year. If a new filing occurs, the customer will receive an immediate email notification informing them of the change.

Maine Official Business Directional Signage Billing Service Program
Maine DOT Organization

Businesses that choose to display directional signage on Maine state roads have a new convenient way to process their annual dues. The Official Business Directional Sign (OBDS) Electronic Billing service ( is provided by the Maine Department of Transportation. The online service replaces paper invoice processing for department staff by automatically notifying account holders through email that their invoice is due. Users can then log into the system to view their account details and pay by electronic check or a credit/debit card. Upon submittal the system provides immediate confirmation that the payment has been sent to the agency.

Maine State Communications Network (MSCommNet) Program
State of Maine/OIT Organization

We can hear each other now, clearly and everywhere, as state police, wardens, forest rangers, marine patrol, and public safety personnel communicate on the unified Maine State Radio Communications Network, fully operational since December 2014. From conception through engineering and construction of the 40 mountaintop towers and microwave interconnections, 2500-plus state radios now communicate seamlessly, an unprecedented project orchestrated by Maine’s Office of Information Technology (OIT). Where once stood five antiquated radio analog systems, OIT now provides a single integrated radio service with unprecedented interoperability, reliability, security and safety for all.

Maine State Park Campground Reservations Service Program
Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Organization

The Maine State Campground Reservations service ( is provided by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The online service allows the public to create or cancel a reservation at 12 different Maine state parks and provides the ability for a user to reprint their campsite permit at any time. The service features a mobile-friendly responsive design that adapts to any device the customer may use in order to complete their purchase. During the opening day for 2015, over 1,000 online reservations were processed in the first hour with a peak of 71 permits processed in a one-minute time frame.

Maryland Safety Inspection System (MSIS) Program
Maryland State Police Organization

In June 2014, the Maryland State Police (MSP) launched the statewide Vehicle Safety Inspection service. This service improves the vehicle inspection process by allowing authorized vehicle inspection stations to report inspection results to the MSP electronically. This service creates a database that the MSP can use to track all vehicle inspections throughout the state and helps to eliminate fraudulent inspection certificates. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) also receives inspection data electronically which eliminates the need for the paper certificate to be provided to the agency by the vehicle owner and reduces foot traffic at MVA branch offices.

Management & Performance Hub (MPH) Program
State of Indiana Organization

Indiana’s Gov. Pence signed Executive Order 14-06 on March 17, 2014, tasking the Office of Management and Budget and Indiana Office of Technology to create the Management and Performance Hub. The MPH creates a center of excellence around performance, data and transparency. The vision of MPH is to have the most effective, efficient and transparent state government in the country. What has happened since implementation of MPH is the creation of a culture of collaboration across the state agencies. MPH has built a real-time, data-driven management system using cutting edge technology that can give insights into state government operations.

Notary Public Application Program
New Jersey Division of Revenue & Enterprise Services Organization

In July 2014, the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services launched the Notary Public Application, a portal that enables applicants to apply for and obtain new and renewed notary commissions online. The new service revolutionized the state’s commissioning process, turning a manual, time-consuming and error prone task set into an electronic workflow that automatically routes applications to the division and legislative offices throughout the state for electronic approvals. Thus, the system integrates multiple levels of government seamlessly, thereby reducing fulfillment time from two to three months to about one week. In less than eight months, the applicant adoption rate has increased to 90 percent.

NY Drupal Project Program
New York State/ITS Organization

Largely untouched for 15 years, underwent a 10-month modernization project focusing on mobile use and citizen engagement. The objective was to make the site a customer-centric destination, allowing citizens to access the information and services they need, and conduct online transactions in a centralized location. is now a cloud-hosted, open source website with simplified navigation and responsive Web design to account for mobile devices. In its first month, the investment in showed a significant return on investment: unique visits increased 2360 percent, page views increased 251 percent and unique monthly mobile visits increased 277 percent over the same month in 2013.

OMES- IS/ Texas DIR Multi State Procurement Cooperative Contract Deal Program
State of Oklahoma/OMES IS Organization

The Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services, Information Services Division (OMES-ISD) and the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) have partnered in a multi-state procurement cooperative for technology equipment and services. The contract was signed in June 2014. The agreement puts each state on the other state’s preferred technology provider list, which allows both states access to one another’s technology contracts and services. “The Red River Deal” will save Oklahoma and Texas millions of dollars in technology purchases through an agreement brokered between the two state governments’ information technology providers.

OpenRange Program
State of Oklahoma/OMES IS Organization

OpenRange is a state of Oklahoma program that provides tools through which other governmental entities can utilize the state’s procurement power for their purchases of technology products and services. Created by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services Information Services (OMES IS), the program offers statewide contracts for products and services as well as enterprise technology solutions to governmental entities that include, but not limited to, higher education, K-12 school districts, cities, counties and municipalities.

Program Eligibility & Application Kit (PEAK) Program
Colorado Governor's Office of IT Organization

In 2014 three major enhancements were made to the Program Eligibility and Application Kit (PEAK), the online service for Coloradans to screen and apply for medical, food and cash assistance programs. The new customer chat function has diverted an estimated 5,196 calls (38,450 minutes) since June 22, saving the state $322 permonth. The new PEAK email form has diverted an estimated 15,596 calls (115,410 minutes) since June 22, resulting in savings of $966 per month. The last enhancement, a customer self service for certain services, has diverted an estimated 7,844 calls, saving $549 per month since Aug. 1.

Security Education & Awareness Training (SEAT) Program
State of Oklahoma/OMES IS Organization

State of Oklahoma Security Education and Awareness Training (SEAT) Information Services, a division of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, implemented a pilot program for security education and awareness training for all state of Oklahoma agency IT staff. The program provided online access for 44 modules of core security training topics, including phishing, passwords and encryption, as well as compliance topics such as PCI, HIPAA and PII. In 2015 the program will be launched statewide to all state of Oklahoma agency employees at no cost to the individual agencies. Empowering state employees to use their security education in day-to-day job duties to prevent security incidents is the true value of the program.

State of Oklahoma Performance-Informed Budgeting Program
State of Oklahoma/OMES IS Organization

The state of Oklahoma recently implemented an Oracle Hyperion financial system that will link performance of statewide programs to funding. This effort was led by the exemplary team at OMES. As Gov. Fallin announced at the State of the State, “Oklahoma will become the first state in the nation to develop a comprehensive budgeting system that ties spending to measurable goals and outcomes… for the first time in state history, we will truly hold ourselves accountable as a state government.” Agencies will collaborate on funding requests for statewide programs – reducing redundancy and driving superior performance and tax payer value.

State of Tennessee IT Academy Program
State of Tennessee/ OIR Organization

The state of Tennessee’s IT Academy is an IT training program created as an organized effort to provide the state’s IT staff the skills to support the use of modern computer technologies. In addition, the IT Academy is an effort to attract and retain some of Tennessee’s top talent. The IT Academy’s goals are to provide the state’s employees with an increased level of technical subject matter expertise, as well as an overall performance improvement in creativity and technical problem solving among the IT population.

State Personnel System Program
State of Maryland Organization

Maryland embarked on a vision to embrace a workday cloud solution, delivering benefits and innovative technologies for 165,000 state and non-state employees. Within 11 months, Phase 1 went live with 55,000 employees on time and under budget. Real-time data on mobile devices and self service across the workforce is now available. Accurate reports of positions filled and unfilled, and total picture of the workforce is now available to requesting officials and Maryland StateStat. Phase 2 of the project will bring another 110,000 non-state employees, across the university system, onto the benefits application in another innovative vision of shared services efficiencies.

Strategy to Execution Framework Program
State of Wisconsin/OET Organization

Wisconsin's Enterprise Technology Team created an innovative "Strategy to Execution" Framework to guide the successful delivery of a number of major initiatives, including statewide agency infrastructure consolidation program, secure the enterprise program, BI program, portal management program and enterprise project management program. The framework links five major IT disciplines, including governance, portfolio management, service management, enterprise architecture and financial management into a single comprehensive approach to execute IT strategy. This innovative framework is used in every major enterprise IT initiative and has resulted in the ability to execute complex strategies, set priorities and orchestrate resources. This framework also provides a step by step approach to create strategy and has been used to develop the statewide IAM, BI and UC strategy.

Tennessee Case Connect Program
Tennessee Dept. of Human Services Organization

The Case Connect system is a faster and more efficient way for family assistance applicants to check the status of their application online. It offers a self-service method for them to see both in-person interview dates and their application status online 24/7, dramatically reducing phone calls and visits to the local office. The application, specifically optimized for mobile devices, replaces a system that involved visiting or calling the local office twice in the course of the application process. Since its launch, usage over a four-month average is about 27,000 times per month, meaning 108,000 fewer calls and visits so far.

The Drupal Project Program
City of Los Angeles IT Agency Organization

In 2014, the City of Los Angeles IT Agency launched a new Web platform to provide best-in-class digital services to its four million citizens. It replaced outdated technology with the Drupal open source CMS, a cloud platform and an innovative Acquia multi-site deployment tool. The Drupal project delivered faster site response times, responsive design for mobile devices, rich site content, resilient disaster recovery and integrated with the L.A. open data portal. In addition to managing the city’s enterprise sites, such as, the platform is available to other city departments fueling digital transformation at the city of L.A.

The Maryland Cloud Program
Maryland Dept. of IT Organization

The state of Maryland Department of Information Technology implemented the Maryland Cloud Program, an infrastructure-as-a-service solution based on a validated, integrated infrastructure to support several independent, decentralized executive state agencies. The solution accelerates application deployment, lowers overall total cost of ownership, reduces operational complexity, and speeds virtualization and application delivery allowing the agencies to better support its constituents, year over year.

Vermont Content Management System Program
State of Vermont Organization

The Vermont Content Management System is a no-cost enterprise-wide website development tool which hosts 85 websites for Vermont state government. Enhanced in 2014 with a self-service site launching tool and new template. The system has gathered the attention of other states which look to capitalize on its convenient, cost saving functionality and the empowerment it brings to non-technical staff now able to build their own websites. A collaborative effort between multiple agencies, the design of the new template is responsive and robust, and helps the state avoid over $200,000 annually in hosting costs. Recent website examples include and

Veteran's Registry Application Program
Nebraska Dept. of Veterans Affairs Organization

The VA launched an online application that allows veterans and active military the ability to apply for the VA Registry. If registered, constituents may apply for a driver’s license with veteran indicator or military honor license plate from the DMV. A solid partnership between these agencies provides an effortless process for constituents and at the same time, maintain accurate data and transmit approved applicant information to the DMV daily. This process eliminates staff from an enormous amount of data entry and proves advanced in technology by offering responsive design, mobile friendly application, 508 compliancy and document upload features.

West Virginia Online Vehicle Registration Renewal Program
West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles Organization

Online vehicle registration renewals for West Virginia citizens were just a dream until 2014. The WV DMV had to get creative when they developed a solution, due to a statutory requirement that property taxes already be paid at the county level. The tax data was not easily accessible in the 55 counties, nor could it be validated automatically. To enable online renewals, the DMV created a Web-based review process that integrates with all available counties to allow one-click validation of tax payment by DMV staff. Possible savings total $10-$20 per renewal for citizens and 47,000 hours annually for the DMV.

State Up & Comer

Jason Allison Name
CIO/Executive Director Title
State of Florida Organization

Tapped in late 2014, Jason Allison was named Florida's chief information officer by Gov. Rick Scott. The state, through the years, has had a number of state CIOs, but what makes Jason's ascension unique is his previous service in a number of capacities of state government. He had been an analyst, an agency CIO and most recently the closest advisor to Gov. Scott on all matters IT, especially IT budgeting. He brings these unique talents to lead an organization that has a mix of key leadership with experience in Florida government as well as from industry. He also has the backing of a governor and legislature who has indicated (and enacted into law) that they don't expect his agency to do everything in the first year. This suits the state well and should make for a successful run at true enterprise.

Kayla Cole Name
Business Analyst Title
State of Maine /OIT Organization

Kayla Cole was the lead advocate in the Office of Information Technology’s transition to Agile Project Management. She developed and implemented new processes and laid foundation for PMO’s Agile Center of Excellence, achieving three agile-related certifications to advance knowledge and support the states transition. She is highly requested by business partners to lead agile projects and is the vice president of the Capital Scrum of Maine Agile group. Recently, she welcomed public and private sector members to foster continuous education of agile best practices through direct member experience, mentored multiple project teams and stakeholders in applying and benefiting from agile methodologies, and was recognized as the Division of Accounting and Financial Services employee of the month for September.

Jose Colon Name
CIO Title
District of Columbia DOT/ Office of IT & Innovation Organization

Jose continually develops innovative IT solutions, improving agency service delivery, generating revenue, and providing transportation solutions for District constituents and visitors. Some projects under his leadership include Cyclomedia, which provides current street-level imagery of District alleys, streets and other assets within five centimeter accuracy for improved asset management; "Ride DC," which lets restaurants and businesses enter their address to create stationary dashboards displaying real-time information on nearby transit options; adding smartphones on Circulator buses, sending the location to DDOT every three seconds; and the use of WAZE through a data-sharing agreement with Google receiving information imported from DDOT apps. WAZE displays traffic alerts like slow traffic, police activity and etc. to plan District travel.

Nikhil Deshpande Name
Director, Interactive Title
Georgia Technology Authority Organization

As team lead for Georgia’s state portal,, Nikhil Deshpande completed a major portal redesign, making it the nation’s first to use responsive design technology. The portal automatically adapts its display to a mobile device’s screen size. In 2014, he and his team applied responsive design to 70 Georgia state government websites, making them all mobile-device friendly. He moved the state’s Web platform from a proprietary content management system to an open-source system hosted in the cloud. Mr. Deshpande also inaugurated and oversees GovTALKS, quarterly conferences aimed at helping Georgia state agencies create great websites and user experiences.

Sandra Longs Name
Training Manager Title
Prince George's County Maryland / OIT Organization

Sandra Longs was the primary architect of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) Dream Team which is focused on the cultivation of high achievers in STEAM through partnerships between private industry, educational institutions and government. Her work with County students was the direct precursor to the concept that resulted in a $7 million Career Connect Grant that was awarded to Bladensburg HS, Fairmont Heights HS and Potomac HS by President Obama on Monday, April 7, 2013. The STEAM Dream Team that Ms. Longs created is the realization of new educational initiatives from K-20, paid internships/apprenticeships and hands on experience in STEAM, all of which will help to create a career pathway and to establish Prince George’s County as a pipeline of young, capable STEAM talent. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to provide hands on experience and to measure the impact of proactive models that improve classroom performance, test scores, student matriculation and eventual career success for Prince George’s County Public School System (PGCPS) students.

Sara Marshall Name
Director of Business Intelligence & Analytics Title
State of Indiana Organization

Sara Marshall is the director of business intelligence and analytics for the state of Indiana. She keeps herself busy managing big data, working with state agency directors and staff showing them the art of the possible with their data. She is masterful in gaining trust, building rapport, and bringing new and unanticipated opportunities to life through running the Management and Performance Hub, a center of excellence located directly under Gov. Pence’s office. Sara recently completed law school. She definitely is one to watch, as one day she could be running the show from the office above the MPH center!

Madeline Paguio Name
Web Services Manager Title
City of Los Angeles, Information Technology Agency Organization

Laser focused on user experience and citizen satisfaction, Madeline Paguio manages Web services for the city of Los Angeles. Under her direction, the city transformed the portal with a complete redesign, incorporating citizen focus groups and social media. Her passion is that the city Web presence be easy for citizens, businesses and tourists to find content from 40-plus city departments without overwhelming them (aka ”SMART, OPEN, SOCIAL”). She also oversees the city's move to the Drupal platform, including responsive design and cloud infrastructure. Under her leadership, the city earned 2nd place in the 2014 Best of the Web competition.

Tim Treacy Name
Social Media Strategist, Title
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Organization

Tim Treacy is a social media powerhouse; thanks to the initiatives he’s implemented, @Massgov has gained a larger following than any other state website Twitter handle. These include the first intra-agency campaign – #MAsnow – which in the early months of 2014 garnered about 100 million impressions, a “Twitter town hall” on Earth Day, which produced about 2.8 million impressions, and a new method of promoting’s blogs. In addition to working to standardize processes, policies and tools across the organization, Tim is the commonwealth’s social media evangelist, providing coaching to agency social media teams to help them increase constituent engagement via a variety of platforms.

Brandon Williams Name
Director, Google Operations Title
Colorado Governor OIT Organization

Brandon Williams certainly isn’t going to just fix things for you. Instead, Brandon is going to teach you — he is going to ignite you to create what you thought simply wasn’t possible. Brandon led the charge after Colorado’s implementation of Google Apps for Government — now serving more than 70 apps, more than 40 third party apps and about 30,000 users. In 2014, there was $2.4 million in cost avoidance, a 3 million increase in Google Drive documents, major campaigns stood up on sites, such as and the Colorado Scholarship Initiative. Additionally, Brandon revamped the state's phishing/attack response to bring the threat-response-kill time from four-plus hours to under 15 minutes.

State Leadership of the Year

Kishor Bagul Name
CTO/ ITS Title
New York State Organization

As CTO, Kishor works to align the state’s technology vision and architecture with business strategy, and leads the development and implementation of technology. In 2014 this meant leading the charge on modernizing using Drupal-based, open source, cloud-hosted and responsive Web design technologies. Kishor plans to ultimately modernize and migrate 170 sites into a central state portal using a standard design theme. The resulting site would put user experience first and create a single destination with a functional design.

Patrick Fernan Name
DMV Division Administrator Title
State of Wisconsin/DOT Organization

Over the past year, Patrick has embraced technology to improve and modernize the customer experience. By utilizing the e-government portal, DMV has released, on average, nearly one new mobile-responsive service a month. Highlights include the nation’s first personalized Commercial Driver License Guide, the state’s first online crash report system, a suite of data reports for purchase and a mobile app to prepare for the written CDL license test. And by expanding online services, the DMV has realized efficiencies, in both time and money, for the organization and its customers.

Tim Garza Name
Agency CIO Title
California Dept. of Natural Resources Organization

Responsible for 29 organizations within the California Natural Resources Agency, Tim was dealing with a reduced budget and 30 percent annual data growth. Tim consolidated the agency’s siloed infrastructure and developed a massive private cloud built on state-of-the-art technologies that reduced capital expenditures and operational expenditures by 42percent and 35 percent. The footprint alone equated to a 50 percent improvement in cooling efficiency, a 40 percent improvement in power efficiency and a 300 percent increase in storage capacity. His leadership has made CNRA a model for government cloud computing, realizing a return on investment in 18 months.

Vern Klassen Name
Technical Services Director, Dept. of Technology Title
State of Michigan Organization

Vern’s proven track record of statewide, mission-critical technology programs inspired Michigan’s next-gen digital infrastructure. Through a private, internal cloud, his team harnesses security applications necessary to meet Michigan’s many compliance requirements. Vern recognizes that automation drives innovation and consistently identifies new methods to build manual processes into rules-based functions, completing tasks that once took months in just hours. With Vern’s help, Michigan is investing in its future by creating an environment that embraces new technologies and institutionalizes state knowledge, reducing the reliance on outside sources.

Doug Nelson Name
Commissioner of Administration Title
State of Missouri Organization

Commissioner Nelson champions Missouri’s use of technology for the benefit of citizens. Stakeholders he collaborates with include Gov. Nixon, the legislature, department directors, other elected officials, the CIO, the National Guard, vendors and the public.

Steve Nichols Name
CTO Title
Georgia Technology Authority Organization

As CTO for the state of Georgia, Steve Nichols advises state agency leaders on technology issues. He plays a key role in consolidating and modernizing the state’s IT enterprise. In 2014, Nichols participated in a work group charged with creating standard language for government-sector purchase agreements for cloud services. Organized by the Center for Digital Government, the work group issued the Guide to Cloud Procurement after nine months’ effort. The best-practices guide addresses data ownership, security, breach notification, operations and audits.

Ted Ross Name
Assistant GM Title
City of Los Angeles IT Agency Organization

As assistant GM of the city of L.A. IT Agency, Ted passionately serves its 4 million residents. He leads a 182 employee team, responsible for 100-plus applications and a 24/7 Data Center. His dedication to digital transformation was shown recently through innovative projects, like the city’s first open data portal ( and a new Drupal platform that delivers responsive mobile websites. These projects were instrumental in L.A. earning 1st place in the 2014 Digital Cities Survey and 2nd place in Best of the Web.

Laura Rudy Name
Treasurer Title
Stafford County, VA Organization

Lead by Rudy, the Stafford County Treasurer's Office teamed up with other county departments and Virginia Interactive to launch the award winning myStafford Citizen Portal, a forward-thinking, mobile-friendly bill payment solution allowing citizens to receive e-billing and track and pay their various bills online. The self-service portal brings convenience to citizens and significant efficiency and cost savings to Stafford County. With more than 4,000 customers, the portal is empowering citizens and saving the county over $41,000 annually.

Jim Smith Name
State of Maine Organization

Viewed as an IT leader within the state of Maine, Jim is an exemplary leader who brings game-changing IT innovative approaches to the state, like business process management to streamline government operations, agile methodologies to deliver IT business projects faster, better, cheaper, cybersecurity initiatives in collaboration with industry and the universities, and workforce development initiatives to improve recruiting and retention, including an internship program and outreach to high school students through Project Login and "OIT Tech Night."

Jesse Springer Name
AIMS Unit Manager Title
Wyoming Medicaid Organization

Jesse has taken the lead on and supported many of the state's top Medicaid initiatives. Passed in 2013, the Wyoming Legislature mandated a number of Medicaid reform projects. Jesse has developed fiscal, budget, utilization and data management processes and strategies that have provided the metrics required to get these programs off the ground. In addition, Jesse is spearheading the Wyoming MMIS Reprocurement initiative, sourcing new and better ways of managing the multitude of systems, interfaces and databases currently supporting the Medicaid program.

Rep. Eric Swalwell Name
California Member of Congress Title
U.S. House of Representatives Organization

Rep. Swalwell is leading the charge to reinvent tech within Congress, calling for total overhaul.

Rep. Max Tyler Name
Colorado State Representative Title
Colorado General Assembly Organization

State Rep. Max Tyler is a technology champion who ensures that agencies solve true business problems — and don’t just implement new technology.
Rep. Tyler saw the benefit of lawmakers weighing in on IT projects and, with Colorado’s tech future in mind, established and chaired the Joint Technology Committee to gauge IT project costs, effectiveness and enterprise utilization. Rep. Tyler champions business process re-engineering to enable Colorado to leverage technology.

Industry Leadership of the Year

Todd Akers Name
VP, Public Sector Title
Acquia Organization

As leader of Acquia’s public sector business, Todd Akers and his team deliver digital solutions that help government empower greater citizen engagement by elevating the digital experience. He also led the development of an industry solution practice that enables agencies to quickly and cost-effectively adopt new digital technologies, including an open data solution that helps governments maximize digital engagement with citizens and comply with open data mandates — the number one priority for CIO’s.

Zachary Beus Name
Analyst Consultant Title
Praescient Analytics Organization

Zachary Beus is a Praescient Analytics consultant working with the Los Angeles Police Department and other regional law enforcement agencies to support users of an advanced analysis platform. Zachary's analytical expertise and technical acumen have directly contributed to criminal investigations, which have led to arrests and prosecutions of dangerous offenders. He has been highly regarded for his ability to implement new tools and techniques for tracking and identifying personnel and vehicles.

Charlie Brandt Name
Managing Partner Title
KSM Consulting Organization

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence tasked the state’s Office of Management and Budget and technology office to develop a comprehensive, enterprisewide, data-driven management system, dubbed the Management and Performance Hub, with infant mortality as its first line of focus. Indiana partnered with KSM Consulting to find ways to use data from across the state to see new correlations and find root causes. KSM Consulting helps staff utilize SAP analytics software to gain a 360-degree view of the problem and approach problem solving in new and innovative ways.

Michael Donlan Name
VP, US State & Local Government Title
Microsoft Organization

Michael Donlan is Vice President of Microsoft’s State and Local Government business in the United States. In this role, he is responsible for working with customers and partners to deliver cloud technology solutions that enable results, cost savings and enhanced services for citizens and constituents.

Greg Herbold Name
Director, SLED National Programs Title
HP Organization

As the leader of U.S. programs for HP’s EG SLED group, Greg Herbold has spent years creating solutions that HP and its partners leverage to help state and local governments modernize their IT, build their foundation for mobility and big data, and accelerate their journey to the cloud. He is also a tireless advocate for the role of governments in education, particularly the primacy of STEM education in cultivating future government workforces and approaches for tackling the challenges and opportunities of state standards, digital testing in K-12 education, and the connectivity charter of ConnectED.

Tim Hwang Name
CEO & Founder Title
FiscalNote Organization

This 23-year-old innovator has created a tech startup that sifts through state legislation using open data to find trends. FiscalNote also uses machine learning and natural language processing to predict how likely a bill is to pass.

Tom Kennedy Name
VP, Public Sector Title
Symantec Organization

Mr. Kennedy is responsible for the strategy and execution across Public Sector for the newly formed Veritas company, currently a part of Symantec. Veritas is expected to be spun off of Symantec at the end of 2015. He manages all aspects of sales for Federal, State and Local, Education and National Health Care in the US.

Robert Knapp Name
COO Title
NIC Organization

As NIC's chief operating officer, Robert Knapp is responsible for digital government services in more than 3,900 federal, state, and local agencies nationwide. However, “responsible” does not sufficiently describe Robert’s commitment to ensuring that NIC’s more than 11,000 installed services are creating value by providing efficiencies, cost savings and responsive customer support in a secure manner. In addition to overseeing every aspect of NIC’s digital service delivery, Robert is an innovation evangelist who pushes his teams to find creative new digital government approaches.

Kevin McLaughlin Name
Director, State & Local Government Title
SAS Organization

Kevin is seen as a leader in both state government and the IT industry. Having worked for the state of North Carolina, he understands the needs of state governments, and in his role with SAS, he helps governments meet their needs and achieve their goals. Kevin was one of the industry leaders on the NCSL Leveraging IT Investments to Strengthen State Government task force. Helped bring state leaders to Cary, North Carolina, for a discussion of state IT issues.

Guy Miasnik Name
President & CEO Title
AtHoc, Inc. Organization

Mr. Miasnik co-founded the Silicon Valley Company in 1999. Today, it’s the recognized leader in networked crisis communication, safeguarding millions of people in thousands of organizations — including the vast majority of U.S. federal government personnel, leading corporations, industrial giants, health care institutions, universities, and state and local government — utilizing cutting-edge smart city technology. This year, Guy was instrumental in developing one of the most comprehensive, revolutionary advances in emergency preparedness, AtHoc Connect, which enables interoperable crisis communication with the community, letting organizations share critical information with others.

Shawn Rodriguez Name
Sr. Director, State & Local Government and Education Title
NetApp Organization

With a passionate focus to help his customers succeed, Shawn Rodriguez leads the state and local government and education sector for NetApp. Shawn and his team of more than 100 people serve the data storage and data management needs of state and local government customers, which support their efforts to deliver instructional content, shape tomorrow’s leaders, advance research efforts to cure diseases, protect and serve the public, and provide critical government services.

Sanjay Shah Name
Principal Title
Deloitte Organization

Sanjay Shah of Deloitte Consulting focuses on health and human services and, within that, modernizing platforms for state government clients. He has facilitated implementation of data platforms based on open, flexible and highly scalable big data technologies that provide advanced analytics capabilities used to develop focused, pre-built solutions for clients. Sanjay also partnered with the state of Colorado last year to build an easy-to-use, state of-the-art, bilingual mobile experience for Colorado Medicaid users. With a focus on demographics and best practices, they created iOS and Android apps — plus a responsive website — to serve the community.

John Stuhrenberg Name
VP, Government/Education Title
AT&T Organization

A 30-plus year telecommunications executive with almost a decade committed solely to serving the public sector, John Stuhrenberg is truly a government evangelist. In 2014, John led his team to deliver innovative solutions for thousands of public sector customers solving their most critical priorities — increasing efficiency, reducing cost and delivering citizen services better, faster and easier. Examples range from state-of-the-art solutions like citizen profiles for emergency response, where better and faster information literally saves lives, to cybersecurity solutions that have assisted government entities in their greatest time of need.

Bulent Taskan Name
Director, SLED Title
Level 3 Organization

Bulent Taskan is Level 3’s Director of Business Development for State/Local Government, Research and Education nationally. With customers in nearly all 50 states, Bulent is responsible for helping public sector become more agile by improving their network infrastructure to become more secure, efficient, reduce costs and able to leverage applications in the cloud. As a 20 year veteran in the Telecommunications industry serving public sector, Bulent has served in multiple associations as Past CAC Chair for the National Association of State Technology Directors, Past Vice Chair for the National Association of State CIOs and TechAmerica’s SLG Board.