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2005 NASCIO Recognition Awards

With the need for government to become more efficient, successes in information technology in state government deserve to be highlighted and shared now more than ever. For the seventeenth consecutive year, NASCIO: Representing Chief Information Officers of the States has honored outstanding achievements in the field of information technology through its Recognition Awards Program. Emphasis was placed on recognizing those information technology initiatives which best assist government officials in executing their duties and providing cost-effective service to citizens.

Award winners were announced in press releases and letters to governors and other elected officials. In the past, the NASCIO Recognition Awards have been featured in several national publications and award winners have gone on to win in other prestigious competitions. The award winners were also honored at the 2005 NASCIO annual conference in San Diego, California. In addition, the executive summaries of all nominations are posted below to share these best practices with other states.


Click on the category name to view each of the 2005 submissions.

Communications Infrastructure
Initiatives or facilities to promote economic development, interoperability and improve quality of life by facilitating or providing communications capabilities that enable state government to operate more efficiently and effectively or offer more innovative, responsive and personalized services to citizens. An emerging challenge is the ability to deliver affordable (non-discriminatory pricing) broadband Internet connectivity to all citizens, regardless of geographic location or economic status (i.e., address the digital divide in communications technology).
RECIPIENT: North Carolina Taxpayer Assistance & Collection Center

Digital Government: Government to Business (G to B)
For applications that foster innovative, timesaving, cost-effective transactions between government and businesses. Applications focus on convenience and streamlining exchange of information. Examples include automation of procurement, registration, licensing and permitting.
RECIPIENT: Michigan Motor Fuel Automation Project

Digital Government: Government to Citizen (G to C)
For governmental applications that provide service to citizens. Examples include unemployment compensation, welfare benefits, licensing, vehicle registration, justice/safety programs, insurance, retirement programs, environmental service, tax collections, etc. Submissions can include any type of electronic interface. Please make specific note of development initiatives that assure expanded access to, and independent use of, information technology by people with disabilities or others who would not normally have easy access to IT initiatives.
RECIPIENT: Michigan Talent Bank

Digital Government: Government to Government (G to G)
For digital government initiatives aimed at enhancing government to government interaction, transactions, and/or services. Examples include multi-state, multi-agency, state to local government, state to federal government, integrated justice systems, and state to employee programs or projects that have produced significant efficiencies and/or improved service.
RECIPIENT: Utah CommuterLink Program

Enterprise Architecture
To design, develop or implement a solution-based enterprise architecture framework, consisting of technical, business, and information architectures. A holistic Enterprise Architecture framework will enable integration, shared services, interoperability and sharing of information with other entities across boundaries. This effort should help improve efficiency, deliver exceptional service and reduce costs to citizens, business, and other governmental entities.
RECIPIENT: North Carolina Statewide Technical Architecture

Innovative Use of Technology
For unique uses of current technology or application of leading-edge technology. Examples include a customer kiosk information delivery system, multimedia learning applications, technologies enabling rehabilitation, geographic information systems, artificial intelligence (AI) systems, and microapplications, i.e. PDA and wireless.
RECIPIENT: Washington AMBER Alert 911 Web Portal

Security and Business Continuity
This category encompasses IT security projects, as well as business continuity initiatives as they relate to disaster recovery, business recovery, business resumption, contingency planning, homeland security, bio-terrorism and health alerts. Business continuity initiatives can embrace a broad range of service-delivery options including paper-based and electronic, manual and automated, individual and integrated.
RECIPIENT: North Carolina Statewide Security Initiatives Program

State IT Management Initiatives
This category is not an applications category. It will encompass statewide efforts in the areas of planning, policy-setting, standards development, public/private partnerships, recruitment and retention, training, management practices, outsourcing, consolidation or decentralization, major technology studies, strategic initiatives, budget and cost containment, project management and quality. Given the ongoing fiscal crisis within most state governments, please note innovations that have helped states more effectively address or manage the monetary shortfall.
RECIPIENT: Michigan Implementation of Consolidated IT Services

Honorable Mentions

  • Communications Infrastructure:
    Utah Wireless Integrated Network

  • Digital Government: Government to Citizen:
    Kansas WebFile
    Benefits without Barriers: Improving Citizen Access to Social Services through Technology (COMPASS - COMmonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Services)

  • Innovative Use of Technology:
    Michigan - Using Decision Support and Advanced Analytics for Innovative Fraud Detection

  • State IT Management Initiatives:
    Information Technology Governance in Pennsylvania

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