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Gov. Ricketts Congratulates the Office of the Chief Information Officer on National Recognition

Gov. Ricketts with Chief Information Officer Ed Toner and team members from the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Gov. Ricketts visits with Chief Information Officer Ed Toner and team members from the
Office of the Chief Information Officer to congratulate them on their recent award.


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Ricketts highlighted a national award received by the Nebraska Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for a recent initiative which consolidated the state’s technology infrastructure and IT support services.  Nebraska’s successful initiative was chosen by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) as a recipient of the 2018 Recognition Awards.  Nebraska was named the award winner in the category of “Enterprise Technology Management Initiatives.

“Our mission is to create opportunity through a more effective, more efficient, and more customer-focused state government.  Our CIO team is helping us fulfill our mission,” said Governor Ricketts.  “We are utilizing our technology resources efficiently and we are automating business processes so that we can better serve the people doing business with our state.  Congratulations to our CIO, Ed Toner, and his team on this well-deserved award and for their outstanding work to deliver better value to our taxpayers.”

Nebraska’s IT consolidation efforts began in 2016, and so far the state reports that agencies have avoided $30 million in estimated costs.  Participating agencies included all cabinet agencies.  The enterprise functions achieved during the initial three phases of consolidation include: the state’s enterprise data and operations center; a single state network; two completely redundant data centers with failover ability; procurement reviews and IT project governance; and a statewide service desk for IT support.

“We are honored to be recognized as an outstanding example of how states are working hard to improve the efficiency of state government,” said CIO Ed Toner.  “Our vision, with this initiative, is to reduce the state’s IT expenditures and increase support for Nebraska’s government agencies.”

Eleven state governments were recognized for their outstanding achievements in information technology last week, during NASCIO’s annual conference, in San Diego, California.  Recipients were selected by the NASCIO Awards Committee from a field of more than 100 nominees.  Awards were announced Tuesday, October 24, 2018.

2018 NASCIO Award Recipients

State of New Mexico (Business Process Innovations), State of Georgia (Cross-Boundary Collaboration & Partnership), State of Missouri (Cybersecurity), State of Indiana (Data Management, Analytics and Visualization), State of Illinois (Digital Government: Government to Business), State of Michigan (Digital Government: Government to Citizen), Commonwealth of Kentucky (Emerging and Innovative Technologies), State of Nebraska (Enterprise IT Management Initiatives), State of Michigan (Information Communications Technology (ICT) Innovations), and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (State CIO Office Special Recognition).

More Background Nebraska’s NASCIO Award

Nebraska’s official award acceptance video:

NASCIO Announcement: