We didn’t plan it this way, but 2014 turned out to be the year of the team. Never in the 12-year history of the Government Technology Top 25 have we recognized so many groups of people in our annual salute to the public sector’s Doers, Dreamers and Drivers. It represents a healthy trend toward multiagency and multijurisdictional collaboration.
For anyone seeking good examples of shared vision and shared services, 2014’s Top 25 offers several.
For instance, cooperation between the mayors of Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., brought Google Fiber to both cities. And the co-chairs of a bi-state Innovation Team are helping to ensure that both communities get the most from the new resource.
Collaboration also paid off for Virginia, where two state agency leaders dared to think beyond their own immediate needs. The result is a shared service to improve identity management and access control for multiple state programs.
We also honored teams behind two state health insurance exchanges. Given all the bad news surrounding HealthCare.gov and some of the state exchanges, we wanted to recognize a couple that worked.
Kentucky’s no-frills Kynect HIX set the standard for state exchanges after it launched smoothly and continued to function without the widespread disruptions and outages plaguing many other sites. The site had enrolled more than 116,000 people in plans by the end of 2013, and the team behind it deserves credit.
We also picked the team leading Covered California for a Top 25 honor. California’s HIX rollout wasn’t perfect — there are still complaints about long wait times and low enrollment in the state’s Latino communities — but it was pretty darn good. Given California’s size and complexity, we think the team did well, and more than 625,000 residents had signed up for coverage as of mid-January.
Of course, the 2014 Government Technology Top 25 includes stellar individuals too, representing a broad spectrum of qualities that support IT-powered transformation in government. Our honorees include elected officials with vision, agency secretaries with the courage to think differently, and state and local CIOs with the right mix of leadership ability and technical chops. One of our favorites is a Washington state desktop support specialist who leads a successful program for technology interns.
Congratulations to this year’s winners. Individual or team, high profile or under the radar — we’re proud to tell their stories.