County Receives Information Technology Award for Citizen Outreach and Emergency Response
July 27, 2016
Fairfax County was again honored as a technical innovator, placing second among counties of its size in the annual Digital Counties Survey. Fairfax County has been ranked in the top five for six consecutive years, earning first place two times during this span.
The award was presented at the National Association of Counties (NACo) annual conference on July 23 and accepted by Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross. Deputy County Executives David Molchany and Pat Harrison, Chief Information Security Officer Mike Dent and Community Services Board Director Tisha Deeghan were also in attendance.
The evaluation and awards are given through a partnership between the National Association of Counties, Government Technology magazine and the Center for Digital Government (CDG). Wanda Gibson, Chief Technology Officer and Director of the Department of Information Technology, credits "the visionary leadership and governance model in Fairfax County, which fuels our agile innovation strategy that aligns with County goals, includes participation of the tech-savvy citizenry and adjusts to community needs.”
The county was recognized for milestone achievements in citizen communication and engagement including:
- The NewsCenter publishing platform and social media strategy.
- MyFairfax personalized single sign-on web portal to securely conduct business with the county, including electronic payments.
- Best governance practices to align IT strategies with county business objectives.
- High achievement in flexible technology infrastructure, agile development, and effective use of resources.
- Leading and coordinating emergency response across the national capital region (NCR) through interoperable communications initiatives including identity management and data exchange.
The Digital Counties Survey evaluates localities on their ability to demonstrate successful outcomes, improve services and boost efficiencies through the strategic use of technology. Winners were chosen based on their work to innovate, improve transparency and proactively address citizen demands and expectations.
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