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The State of Alabama Office of Information Technology (OIT) is proud to announce that Secretary Jim Purcell and Chief Information Security Officer Ryan Allen are being recognized nationally for their hard work and leadership.

Secretary Jim Purcell was awarded the Alabama CIO of the Year ORBIE Award in the Nonprofit/Public Sector category at an award ceremony held Friday at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham.

“I am proud of Jim and congratulate him on this well-deserved award for his hard work,” says Governor Kay Ivey. “Under Secretary Purcell’s strong leadership, OIT continues to exemplify its mission to make state government do its work for the citizens of Alabama better, faster, safer and cheaper.”

“I am honored to have been recognized by my peers with this award,” says Sec. Purcell. “This would not be possible without everyone at OIT and the support of Governor Ivey.”

This was the inaugural Alabama CIO of the Year Orbie Awards program. The awards honor chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership. Nearly 100 nominations were received before being narrowed down to 25 finalists in five categories including Nonprofit, Corporate, Enterprise, Large Enterprise, and Global. More information on the awards can be found at

In addition, Sec. Purcell was named the winner of a “GoldenGov: State Executive of the Year” award and CISO Ryan Allen took home “Cybersecurity Leader of the Year” at the 2019 StateScoop 50 Awards. The awards honor the projects and people driving state government technology and cybersecurity. Thousands of people were nominated for the awards. StateScoop then narrowed the list to 180 of those who received the most nominations, and more than 2 million votes were cast between March and April to select the final 50 winners. You can read more here: