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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2017

CONTACT: Erin Choy
External Affairs Manager
(850) 412-6041
Erin.Choy@ast.myflorida.com

GOVERNOR SCOTT’S “FIGHTING FOR FLORIDA’S FUTURE” BUDGET FIGHTS TO TRANSFORM STATE GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Agency for State Technology (AST) today highlighted Governor Rick Scott’s proposed 2017-2018 “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget which recommends $75.9 million to help transform state government technology. The “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget provides additional resources to address customer agency growth and enhance information technology (IT) security and remediation.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          CONTACT: Erin Choy
September 20, 2016                                                                (850) 510-7073
Erin.Choy@AST.MyFlorida.com

STATE OF FLORIDA RECEIVES AWARDS FOR TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION

ORLANDO, Fla. – The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has selected the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) as recipients of the 2016 NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2016

CONTACT: Erin Choy
(850) 510-7073
Erin.Choy@AST.MyFlorida.com

AGENCY FOR STATE TECHNOLOGY EARNS NATIONAL HONORS

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Agency for State Technology (AST) Chief Information Officer and Executive Director Jason Allison announced today that the State of Florida was named “Most Improved” and earned a B+ in the Center for Digital Government’s Digital States Survey 2016.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2016

State Chief Information Officer and Executive Director Jason Allison, Florida Agency for State Technology, Profiled in NASCIO State CIOs Make a Difference Campaign

LEXINGTON, Ky., May 16, 2016 — State Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Executive Director of the Agency for State Technology Jason Allison is making a difference in the lives of Floridians by focusing on best practices, quality and service.

Over the next two weeks, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers will feature the work and accomplishments of Allison and the Florida Agency for State Technology (AST) in the State CIOs Make a Difference Campaign. Allison and AST’s profile will specifically highlight the agency’s impact since its establishment two years ago, and the core principles that guide the agency’s work.

“Our priorities first and foremost are to meet the customer agency’s needs,” said Allison. “Our job is to be there to support them every step of the way. Technology is there to support the business; their successes are our successes.”

To learn more about Allison and the work of AST, see the information sheet provided. Visit the campaign website at www.NASCIO.org/CIOsMakeaDifference and follow #StateCIOsRock for campaign highlights and updates.

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About NASCIO
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers is the premier network and resource for state CIOs and a leading advocate for technology policy at all levels of government. NASCIO represents state chief information officers and information technology executives from the states, territories, and the District of Columbia. For more information about NASCIO visit www.nascio.org.

AMR Management Services provides NASCIO’s executive staff. For more information about AMR visit www.AMRms.com.


Appointment of Inspector General (PDF Document)

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StateScoop logoAST's Jason M. Allison (Executive Director and State CIO) wins "State Up & Comer 2015" Award

April 27, 2015

AST's Jason M. Allison (Executive Director and State CIO) wins "State Up & Comer 2015" in StateScoop's 2015 50 Awards, which honors the best and brightest who make state and local government more efficient and effective.

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Senator John Legg, District 17 — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2015

CONTACT: Jim Browne, (813) 909-9919

Senator John Legg Announces Florida Digital Classrooms 2.0

Continuing to Merge the Best Educational Practices with Digital Innovation

Lutz, FL — State Senator John Legg filed legislation today for Florida Digital Classrooms 2.0.  Building on the success of last year’s HB 5101, this bill continues to merge the best educational practices with digital innovation.  The Governor’s 2015 budget recommendation doubles the amount of funding for the Digital Classroom Initiative, proposing $80 Million this year.

The digital classroom program funds technology in schools, focused on the five key education areas of infrastructure, professional development, digital devices, outcomes, and assessments.  Districts create their own customized plan to further academic achievement by harnessing technology.  Each school district is eligible for a share of the dedicated funding for digital classrooms, with a minimum of $250,000 to our rural districts.

This bill provides additional technical resources to the local level, where the Department of Education (DOE), school districts, and individual public schools may seek the expertise and guidance of the Agency for State Technology with their digital planning.  Local districts benefit by additional requirements on the DOE to provide an online portal for accepting digital plan applications and a streamlining of the process.  It also requires the Agency for State Technology to work in conjunction with DOE, for statewide digital assessment and analysis of district digital classroom plans, increasing effectiveness while bringing accountability and transparency to the technology funds.

“Last year’s Florida Digital Classroom has become a model for other states,” said Senator Legg.  “This 2.0 version will increase the effectiveness of technology in the classroom, better preparing our students with the skills they will need in our information-driven economy.”


Appointment of AST General Counsel (PDF Document)
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