The Department of Environmental Protection has won a 2016 Pennsylvania Excellence in Technology Award for innovations leading to improved network operations and cost savings.
The annual Excellence in Technology awards, presented to multiple state agencies by the PA Office of Administration and Government Technology magazine, recognize outstanding accomplishment, dedication, innovation, and leadership in information technology to enhance government service.
The DEP award was presented to the Bureau of Information Technology Network Administration Section: Greg Fiedler, Matt Clark, and Dave Hayes.
“These professionals have worked tirelessly to bring the DEP network up to speed by evaluating how the department currently manages its essential network communications and finding efficiencies, cost savings, and more practical approaches to managing customer service,” said CIO Sean Crager.
This year, the Network Administration team has: challenged the traditional way in which DEP received network services and evaluated, tested, and begun to deploy a new technology network that will save DEP approximately $900,000 over 5 years; taken the initiative to clean up and rebuild all of the network closets in the Rachel Carson State Office Building, resulting in a 5-year savings of approximately $190,000 by eliminating unused network equipment and its associated support costs; and rolled out a new wireless network throughout the entire building and consolidated its operations into an easy-to-manage interface.
The 2016 Excellence in Technology Awards were presented at the annual PA Digital Government Summit, December 1, at the Harrisburg Hilton.
(Photo: DEP Network administrators Greg Fiedler, Matt Clark, and Dave Hayes and State CIO John MacMillian.)(Reprinted from the December 8 DEP News. Click Here to sign up for your own copy.)