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For immediate release: August 11, 2011
Meghan Penning

NASCIO Recognizes Exceptional State Initiatives

LEXINGTON, Ky., Thursday, August 11 — Successful information technology initiatives in state government deserve to be highlighted and shared in order to promote innovation, foster better government, and engage citizens, according to the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. NASCIO has selected 30 state IT initiatives in 10 categories as finalists for its 2011 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 23rd consecutive year, were recently announced, 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 100 nominees.

“The NASCIO 2011 State Recognition Awards strive to recognize the best practices of state IT initiatives across the nation," said Brenda Decker, Nebraska chief information officer and co-chair for the NASCIO Awards Committee. "Congratulations to this year’s award finalists that provide a showcase of innovative projects across multiple states delivering on efficiency, proven results and positive changes for citizens.”

Jerry Fralick, North Carolina chief information officer and co-chair for the NASCIO Awards Committee said, “The award finalists represent top state IT initiatives across the nation. The Awards Committee and NASCIO believe that these best practices should be shared for learning and implementation across government entities for increased efficiencies and services to citizens.”

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

Awards finalists in the 2011 program are as follows:

Cross-Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships
State of California – Routing on Empirical Data (RED) Project
State of West Virginia – Statewide Local E-Government Implementation & Adoption
State of Virginia – Virginia Vital Events and Screening Tracking System

Data Information and Knowledge Management
State of California – California Courts Protective Order Registry
State of Michigan – Department of Human Services Decision Support System
State of North Dakota – North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s Direct Certification

Digital Government: Government to Business
State of Oklahoma – Prescription Monitoring Program/Building a National Model
State of Michigan – USAHerds Cattle Tracking, Protecting our Food Supply
State of Utah – Utah Clinical Health Information Exchange

Digital Government: Government to Citizen
State of Arkansas – Mobile Portal and Online Services Suite
State of Virginia – ARRA Energy Rebate Systems
State of North Carolina – North Carolina State Parks Central Reservation System

Enterprise IT Management Initiatives
State of Pennsylvania – Consolidation & Virtualization of IT Services for PA
State of California – Data Center Optimization: California’s Blueprint for Success
State of Michigan – Optimizing Government Technology Value: Establishing Enterprise Metrics to Ensure Operational Readiness and Business Availability

Fast Track Solutions
State of California – California Mobile Development Program
State of Virginia – Gas and Oil Board Escrow Estimator
State of Michigan – MiCloud Automated Hosting Service

Improving State Operations
State of Utah – Authentication as a Service: Single Sign-On Customer Authentication
State of Michigan – Connecting Citizens and Government – a Shared CRM Platform
State of Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Child Support Enforcement Data Exchange

Information Communications Technology Innovations
State of Michigan – Michigan Business Intelligence System
State of Missouri – Smart Phone Conservation Agent Application
State of Utah – Universal Framework

Open Government Initiatives
State of Oregon – “The First Citizen Social Interactive State Data Portal”
State of North Carolina – E-mail and Open Government
State of New Jersey – YourMoney.NJ.Gov; New Jersey’s Transparency Center

Risk Management Initiatives
State of California – E-Commerce Portal Infrastructure
State of Tennessee – Tennessee Emergency Medical Awareness, Response and Resources (TEMARR)
State of West Virginia – West Virginia Office of Technology 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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