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Press Releases

March 19, 2014 Colorado Information Marketplace: Data Host for this Weekend's App Contest
February 25, 2014 New Chief Technology Officer for State of Colorado
January 10, 2014 GIS Use on ColoradoUnited.com Wins National Award
December 3, 2013 First Phase of Digital Trunked Radio System Upgrade Complete
October 23, 2013 Cyber Security Awareness Month: Coloradans to Get FREE Tips from the Experts
September 13, 2013 Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology Wins 2013 Technology Project of the Year at the Colorado Technology Association APEX Awards
July 8, 2013 By taking the State's Internet Broadband Speed Test you not only find out how fast your Internet connection is running but you help provide critical data about Broadband service across the state.
April 1, 2013 Computerworld Honors Program selects OIT as a 2013 Laureate in the Collaboration category.
March 18, 2013 Kristin Russell Honored as one of Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers of 2013
March 18, 2013 OIT Selected as Participant in the National Center of Women and Information Technology's (NCWIT) Pacesetters Program
September 18, 2012
June 6, 2012

June 1, 2012

Governor’s Office of Information Technology announces the Colorado Information Marketplace

March 14, 2012 Kristin D. Russell Named a Computerworld 2012 Premier IT Leader
September 13, 2011 Colorado Launches Public Safety Communications Training for First Responders
June 22, 2011 New Online Tool Opens Another Door to Public Assistance Programs for Coloradans in Need
June 16, 2011 State Seeks Resident/Business Feedback on Broadband
February 3, 2011 Governor Hickenlooper Names Kristin Russell Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer
October 21, 2010 Governor Ritter Proclaims October Cyber Security Awareness Month
September 27, 2010

Governor Ritter Applauds $15.4 Million for Adams County Emergency Responders and State Broadband Mapping

April 30, 2010 State Health IT Program Director Appointed 
December 2, 2009 Colorado Broadband Footprint Unveiled 
November 30, 2009

Colorado Awarded $2.1 Million to Improve Broadband

November 18, 2009

Self-Service Website Improves Access to Public Benefits (PEAK Phase 1) 

October 27, 2009

Colorado Governor Receives Inaugural State Technology Champion Award from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)

October 19, 2009

State GIS Coordinator Jon Gottsegen Elected Next NSGIC President 


OIT in the News


April 2014 Chief Information Security Officer Jonathan Trull talks about the Heartbleed vulnerability in Government Technology's Govs Run the Heartbleed Bug Test.  This timely article includes information about two resources people can use to find out whether sites have been affected.
March 2014 Kristin Russell among those on Vala Afshar's list of Top 100 CIOs to Follow on Twitter.
March 2014 Secretary of Technology & State Chief Information Officer Kristin Russell contributes her thoughts in Goverment Technology's 7 Ways to Innovate Government IT.
March 2014 StateScoop is Getting to know Colorado's new CTO in an interview with Suma Nallapati.
March 2014 GovTech talks with OIT's Chief Technology Officer Suma Nallapati in Colorado's New CTO Does Tech and Management in Collaborative Style.
February 2014 Mike Dillon, Chief Operations Officer, talks with StateScoop about current and future projects.  Watch the interview on StateScoopTV: Colorado OIT COO Mike Dillon.
January 2014 You may have heard of disruptive technology but at OIT, it's all about disruptive support.  Chief Operations Officer Michael Dillon explains in the StateTech article Colorado Adopts Disruptive Support with Help from Google Apps.
January 2014 The Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise (CITE) Awards will honor OIT with a special award for "Best Use of GIS."  This award recognizes the important role GIS played in providing Coloradans with information related to the September 2013 flooding via the ColoradoUnited.com website.
December 2013 Jonathan Trull, Chief Information Security Officer, was chosen as one of the "People Who Made A Difference in Cybersecurity 2013" by the SANS Institute.  This award recognizes the significance of the implemention of Secure Colorado to better protect state assets and data.
December 2013 OIT's Charlie Wick talks with "The Watch" about Colorado's Long Distance Learning Program in the article titled Delivering 'Hamlet' Across Colorado.
December 2013 Government Technology talks with Sherri Hammons and Kristin Russell about Sherri's amazing accomplishments during her time at the State in Sherri Hammons Leaves Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology.
December 2013 Michael Brown, Director of Enterprise Applications Architecture is featured in the fall issue of Public CIO in the article Decision-Maker Perspective: Michael W. Brown, State of Colorado, Chooses Data Center Modernization.
December 2013 The Denver Business Journal talks with Kristin Russell and takes A look at Colorado government's shift to Google, one year later.
November 2013
Secretary of Technology & CIO Kristin Russell was a recent guest on CXOTalk where she spoke on many of the innovative efforts undertaken in Colorado.  An article about that interview and her "...absolutely refreshing view of government from an extraordinary thought leader" is found on a Huffington Post blog titled Inspired CIOs are More Innovative.  The full CXOTalk interview is accessible here.
October 2013 The Governor's Office of Information Technology received the ISM 2013 Recognition Award for Excellence in Human Services Technology (Application of New Technologies category).  The award was in recognition of OIT's implementation of database-as-a-service for the Colorado Benefits Management System (CBMS), the system that determines eligibility for state-managed programs like Medicaid, Food Assistance and more.
September 2013 Government Technology talks with Kristin Russell about what service delivery managers can do for state government.
September 2013 Apex Technology Project of the Year iconThe Governor's Office of Information Technology received the Apex 2013 Technology Project of the Year award for its implementation of the Colorado Information Marketplace (CIM).  CIM takes Best of Breed ideas from the private sector to create a reusable, transparent and trusted environment for data sharing and gives Coloradans access to information that was previously unavailable or difficult to obtain. 
September 2013 Colorado and Kristin Russell are cited as an example of what states are doing with Shared Systems in Governing magazine's article What CIOs Need to Achieve Their Top 3 Priorities.
August 2013 Secretary of Technology and CIO Kristin D. Russell shares her "secret sauce" in a Public CIO magazine article CIOs Share Their Secrets for Success.
August 2013 CIO 100 Award 2013 logo  OIT is recognized by IDG's CIO magazine as one of the CIO 100 award winners!  OIT was recognized for its innovative use of technology in regard to the Colorado Benefits Management System (CBMS), the system that determines eligibility for state-managed programs like Medicaid, Food Assistance (SNAP) and Children's Basic Health Plan. 
June 2013 CIO of the Year logoThe Denver Business Journal (DBJ) names Kristin D. Russell as the public/non-profit CIO of the Year in the Public/Non-Profit category.  The CIO of the Year awards recognize local technology leaders who achieve company goals, develop their teams and give back to the community.  The four winners are selected by the Colorado chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM).
June 2013 Colorado receives the 2013 Informatica Innovation Award for OIT's work on the RISE Link Project and "for its use of the Informatica Platform to maximize return on data by delivering benefits beyond IT."
June 2013 Computerworld Laureate badgeOIT is honored as a Finalist in the 2013 Computerworld Honors Program.  OIT received this prestigious award in the Collaboration category for its implementation of the Colorado Information Marketplace, one piece of which is data.colorado.gov.  This category "[r]ecognizes organizations for the innovative use of IT to promote knowledge-sharing and enable collaboration that results in measurable economic, social, environmental or innovation gains."
May 2013 Chris Wells, Director of Healthcare Information Technology, cited in Government Technology's article Colorado Experiments with Telemedicine for Inmates.
May 2013 Chief Technology Officer Sherri Hammons' work on the Colorado Benefits Management System (CBMS) and WyCAN (a four state consortium working together on creating an unemployment system on a SaaS model) are discussed in The Legacy Play, a thought leadership paper published by the Center for Digital Government.
April 2013

In recognition of OIT's work on the RISE Link project, the State of Colorado was announced as a finalist in the Data Quality, Master Data Management (MDM), and Megatrend: Big Data categories of the 2013 Informatica Innovation Awards.  Winners will be announced in June.

March 2013 Jonathan Trull, Chief Information Security Officer, talks with Government Technology about Colorado's shift in culture regarding IT security issues in an article titled Colorado Embraces New IT Security Philosophy.
February 2013 Government Technology's Top 25 Honoree  Congratulations to Kristin Russell on being named one of Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers for 2013!  This award recognizes visionaries in the public sector for their innovations in improving and strengthening government services.
February 2013 Chief Information Security Officer Jonathan Trull talks with CSO Online about How Colorado's CISO is revamping the state's information security -- on a $6,000 budget.
February 2013 40 Under 40 Logo Monica Coughlin, Director of IT Economic Development & Broadband Strategy, and Jessica Roe, Chief Communications Officer, were selected as honorees in the Denver Business Journal's Forty Under 40 awards. This annual award recognizes 40 dynamic up and coming leaders under the age of 40 for their business success and contributions to the community.
January 2013 Secretary of Technology & Chief Information Officer Kristin Russell and State Chief Information Security Officer Jonathan Trull discuss Colorado's move to Google Apps for Government and how email is being protected in Government Technology's article New Tool Helps Colorado Better Secure Cloud Email Data.

October 2012

Kristin Russell is featured in State Tech magazine videos during NASCIO's annual convention. To view, click on any of the following links: The Zen Factor of Being a CIO; The New, New Citizen-Centric Government; and IT Aims to Do More and Do it Better.  Ms. Russell is also quoted in StateTech's article Lessons Learned About Multi-State Collaboration.

October 2012

Kristin Russell talks to Government Technology about Colorado's move to Google Apps for Government.  Watch the video interview here.

October 2012

The Center for Digital Government has released the results of the rigorous 2012 Digital States Survey and Colorado is at the front of the pack!  With a B+ rating, Colorado is among the top 16 states receiving high marks for their use of digital technologies to improve service delivery, increase capacity, change cost structures and reach policy goals. 

September 2012

Kristin Russell, Secretary of Technology & CIO, and Sherri Hammons, Chief Technology Officer were video-interviewed by Computerworld's Enterprise Mobile Hub, about the state's plan for enabling state employees to do work anytime, anywhere, from any device and how security concerns are begin addressed. 

Part 1: Colorado CIO & CTO: BYOD Starts Here

Part 2: Making Colorado a "Mobile Magnet"

September 2012

2012 CIO Top 10 LogoKristin Russell was named a 2012 Top 10 Breakaway Leader by Global CIO Executive Summit. This prestigious peer nominated and judged award recognizes CIOs from across the globe for their leadership in elevating their people, partners and business.  Click here for a list of all award recipients and quotes from their own executives.

August 2012

DGAA Award LogoThe Colorado Eligibility Application Kit (PEAK) was a winner of the Digital Government Achievement Awards (in the Government-to-Citizen state government category). This national award from e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government recognizes and highlights outstanding applications that are enabling government to operate more efficiently.

July 2012

A large number of public sector IT employees across the nation will be eligible for retirement in the next five years. Kristin Russell authors a StateTech column titled Tackling the Government IT Talent Gap in which she shares her strategy on attracting new workers to public service.

June 2012

Computerworld Laureate badgeOIT named a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate in two categories: PEAK  - the Colorado Program Eligibility and Application Kit (received finalist distinction) in the Collaboration category and Colorado Statewide Interoperability Training Program in the Safety/Security category.  More about this prestigious honor can be found in the article titled Computerworld Honors 2012 Winners: Using Technology to benefit society.

June 2012

Read about the recently debuted Colorado Information Marketplace (CIM) at data.colorado.gov in Public CIO's article titled New Website a One-Stop Shop for Colorado Data.

May 2012

Kristin Russell and Sherri Hammons talk about the benefits of a private sector partnership with customers and their recently published white paper for a Citizen Engagement Platform (CEPaaS) in Government Technology's article Colorado Eyes New CRM Model for Government.

April 2012

The Denver Post lists Kristin Russell as one of 20 up and coming leaders and influential women in Colorado.

April 2012

Chief Technology Officer Sherri Hammons discusses the Colorado Information Marketplace in Governing's article Colorado Government Takes a Play from "Moneyball".

February 2012

Kristin Russell is featured in Government Technology' article State CIOs Discuss Next IT Priorities.

February 2012

Kristin Russell discusses the relationship between risk taking and innovation in CIO magazine's article Premier 100 IT Leaders: Earning the rewards of risk-taking and how she is using her private sector experiences to improve state government.

February 2012

Learn more about Kristin's philosophy and see why she is a great choice for for the Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders award in the PC Advisor article Premier 100 IT Leader profile: Kristin D. Russell.

February 2012

Kristin Russell named one of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders for her bold approach to transforming the status quo and changing the way IT services are delivered in the State of Colorado!

December 2011

Government Technology's article titled Oregon, Montana, Utah and Colorado Partner to Share GIS Data in the Cloud discusses the multi-state RFI and resulting recommendations to develop an RFP for a multi-tenant GIS cloud and creating a governance structure.

November 2011

Kristin Russell graces the cover of Public CIO. In the accompanying article CIOs Seek Ways to Replace Legacy Systems, Kristin talks about her belief that state governments can address this challenge by thinking differently and working together.

October 2011

The Center for Digital Government recently honored Colorado as the winner of its very first annual Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Award. The award program recognizes the commitment of government agencies to keep confidential data secure despite evolving threats. The award highlights our state’s early adoption of technology and implementation of processes to mitigate risks and combat security breaches.

October 2011

The Colorado Oil and Gas Commission's eFORM program selected as one of eight national winners of The Council of State Government's Innovation Awards. The award recognizes Colorado for making smart use of technology to deliver services more efficiently and affordably and for helping reduce the average time it takes to get a permit for drilling a well.

September 2011

Government Technology publishes an article titled Unique Radio Standards Training Debuts in Colorado which is about the free Colorado Interoperability Training Program being offered by OIT.

June 2011

Jonita LeRoy, OIT Business Development Rep, nominated for a CSIA Apex award in the Champion of the Year category! The prestigious Apex technology awards recognize outstanding accomplishments and leadership by Colorado's technology companies and professionals.

June 2011

Denver Business Journal publishes article titled Russell focused on improving state's IT infrastructure (published June 10, 2011).

May 2011

ColoradoBIZ Magazine publishes article titled Athena finalist: Kristin Russell, State's secretary of technology defies stereotypes.

April 2011

Computerworld Laureate badge Colorado PEAK named to the Class of 2011 Computerworld Honors Program Laureates in the Human Services category! This program recognizes organizations that create and use information technology to promote and advance the public welfare, benefit society, and change the world for the better.

April 2011

InformationWeek names Kristin Russell a "Government CIO 50."

March 2011

Kristin Russell Discusses New Role as Colorado CIO and Secretary of Technology published March 22, 2011 by GovernmentTechnology.

March 2011

Kristin Russell was interviewed by ColoradoBIZ Magazine on March 10, 2011. Watch the interview and hear Kristin discuss the future of technology in Colorado.

March 2011

Secretary of Technology and State Chief Information Office Kristin Russell is one of five finalists for the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce "2011 Athena Award."  This award honors the Denver woman who best exemplifies exceptional professional achievement, devotion to community service, and generosity in actively assisting other women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

March 2011

In advance of its "C-Level @ A Mile High" event, CSIA, Colorado's Technology Association, interviewed Chief Financial Officer Todd Olson. Click here to listen to the "Celebrity" podcast.

January 2011

DTRS System Technician Matthew Englebrecht is interviewed by Mission Critical Communications for its on-line article titled Colorado Relocates 700 MHz Narrowband Licenses.

October 2010

Public PIO published Chief Information Security Officer Travis Schack's opinion piece titled Back to Security Basics.

August 2010

Acting State CIO Leah Lewis talks about Colorado's planned hybrid approach to cloud computing in a FedTech article titled The Many Faces of Cloud.

June 2010

An article on Colorado's Data Sharing Strategy was published in Public CIO along with a companion video interview with the state's Chief Data Officer Micheline Casey.

March 2010

CivSource published a three-part series on OIT:
Part I - Moving Mountains: Colorado charts path towards IT consolidation in new report
Part II - Moving Mountains: Concurrent Swim Lanes in OIT's consolidation plan
Part III - Moving Mountains: Sharing data on both sides of the Continental Divide


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