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For immediate release: August 12, 2010
Meghan Penning

States Deliver IT Innovation, Even in Economic Downturn: Finalists Announced for 2010 NASCIO Recognition Awards

LEXINGTON, Ky., August 12, 2010 – Innovation and excellence in information technology continue to thrive within state government, despite the economic challenges states are facing, according to the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. NASCIO has selected 33 state IT initiatives in 10 categories as finalists for its 2010 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government

Finalists in NASCIO’s prestigious awards program, which is celebrating its 22nd consecutive year, were announced today, and one initiative in each category will be honored at NASCIO’s upcoming Annual Conference. Projects and initiatives from NASCIO member states, territories, and the District of Columbia were eligible for nomination, and finalists were selected by NASCIO’s Awards Committee from a field of more than 130 nominees.

“State information technology best practices should be promoted and shared,” said Brenda Decker, chief information officer for the state of Nebraska and co-chair of the NASCIO Awards Committee. “This award program provides a showcase of innovative initiatives from across the nation and encourages state governments to continue to focus on efficiency, excellence and quality service to citizens.”

Decker and co-chair Jerry Fralick, North Carolina chief information officer, indicated that the nominations demonstrate that states strive to support the public policy goals of state leaders, provide cost-effective service to citizens, and make available solutions that are transferable to other agencies or units of government. To ensure states can access the innovations and best practices of their peers, details about all the nominated projects are posted on NASCIO’s website at

“NASCIO’s Recognition Awards program highlights leadership, innovation and collaboration,” Fralick said. “Learning from the successes of our colleagues around the country, we can all reap the benefit of efficient business practices, quality information management, and sound technology policy.”

Awards finalists in the 2010 program are as follows:
Cross Boundary Collaboration & Partnerships
State of Arkansas - Universal Financial Aid Management System
State of Michigan - Public Safety Communications System
State of New York - The Psychiatric Services & Clinical Knowledge Enhancement System

Data, Information & Knowledge Management
State of Michigan - K-20 Improvement Project
State of New York - Smart 2010
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - PA Child Support Portal

Digital Government: Government to Business
State of California - Leafy Green Inspection Tracking System
State of Colorado - Oil and Gas Permitting eForm
State of Nevada - Department of Motor Vehicles' Vehicle Information Database
State of West Virginia - Division of Motor Vehicles Electronic Skills Testing Commercial

Driver's Licensing Testing
Digital Government: Government to Citizen
State of California - C-IV: Providing Californians Accurate and Efficient Access to Health and Social Service Benefits
Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Health Connector -
State of Michigan - Helping Hand Portal

Digital Government: Government to Government
State of California - Water Information System (WINS): Improving the Efficiency and
Transparency of Water Billing
State of North Carolina - Window of Information on Student Education: Wave Three
Commonwealth of Virginia - Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

Enterprise IT Management Initiatives
State of Michigan - Business One-Stop
State of Tennessee - The Virtual State of Tennessee
State of Utah - Creating Utah's Cloud Infrastructure

Improving State Operations
State of Florida - MyFloridaMarketPlace
State of Illinois - Data Center Server Consolidation and Virtualization Project
State of Michigan - Michigan Bridges

Information Communications Technology Innovations
State of Colorado - Ahead of Its Time: The Colorado Statewide Digital Trunked Radio System
State of New York - 511NY
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - StarNET
Commonwealth of Virginia - Virginia Interoperability Picture for Emergency Response

Open Government Initiatives
State of Colorado - Online Transparency Initiatives
Commonwealth of Kentucky - Open Door Website
State of Minnesota - "What's in My Neighborhood?" Website Redesign Project
State of North Carolina - State Board of Elections Voter Portal

Risk Management Initiatives
State of Michigan - The Government Cloud Protection Program: Disaster Recovery  Services
Transformed for the Perfect Storm
State of North Carolina - Protecting, Securing and Making NC Voter Data Available
State of West Virginia - Cyber Security Program

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. The primary state government members are senior officials who have executive level and statewide responsibility for information technology leadership. State officials who are involved in agency level information technology management may participate as state members. Representatives from other public sector and non-profit organizations may also participate as associate members. Private sector firms may join as corporate members and participate in the Corporate Leadership Council. For more information
about NASCIO visit

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

Shawn Vaughn
Membership and Communications Coordinator
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
(859) 514-9156

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