County Receives Information Technology Award for Citizen Engagement, Data Sharing and Security


July 25, 2017

News Highlights

  • County receives fifth place national technology award as an innovator and leading jurisdiction of its size.
  • County recognized for leadership in IT security and data sharing initiatives.
  • Honor highlights county's citizen engagement, social media and regional emergency coordination.


Fairfax County was again honored as a technical innovator, placing fifth nationally among counties of its size in the annual Digital Counties Survey. Fairfax County has been ranked in the top five for seven 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 22 and accepted by Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross. David Bartee, Information Technology Program Director, was 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 "our county leadership for embracing technology, allowing us to successfully navigate economic, demographic and fiscal challenges. We emphasize agility, flexibility and scalability to meet both current and future strategic initiatives.”

The county was recognized for achievements in citizen engagement, regional cooperation and security including:

  • An artificial intelligence-based endpoint security system, as well as a new security information and events management system. The inclusion of machine learning allows the county to keep pace with new and emerging threats.
  • The county social media strategy, providing guidance for all agencies to further engage their clients.
  • Serving over 19 million visits to the government’s website.
  • Leading and coordinating interoperable communications initiatives, including a regional geo-spatial data exchange that involves 23 other governments.

The Digital Counties Survey winners were chosen based on their work to innovate, improve transparency and proactively address citizen demands and expectations.

"As technology continues to grow in all facets of our lives, county governments are adapting and innovating," said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. "The Digital Counties Survey spotlights how counties deploy technology to enhance services and benefit residents while being responsible stewards of taxpayer resources."

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