NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards Information

The NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards honor innovation and excellence in the use of information technology in state government.  NASCIO is seeking nominations of transformational projects and initiatives that address critical business problems, improve business processes and increase citizen engagement in state government. 

Nominations are closed for the 2019 awards. Recipients will be announced at the NASCIO Annual Conference in Nashville this October. The submission window for the 2020 awards will run March – May 2020.

Award Process & Resources





Who can submit?

  • Nominations will be accepted from state and territory members in good standing. Corporate, academic and nonprofit members must work with a state CIO office to coordinate nominations.
  • Nominations must be made by the state CIO office or other state members with the state CIO approval.

What projects are eligible?

  • Projects must be state-focused (not regional, local or national). Multi-state projects are encouraged and must be submitted by the lead state.
  • All projects must have been fully implemented between December 2016 and December 2018. Projects submitted in the Innovative Emerging Technologies award category, can be in implementation or beta stage through June 2019.
  • The nominated project must be able to stand on its own. If the project is a phase of a larger initiative, only the benefits of the phase will be evaluated and recognized.
  • Outsourced projects will be considered as long as they are managed and controlled by the state.
  • Projects previously recognized as an award recipient are not eligible. All other submissions (finalists and non-finalists) can be resubmitted as long as they meet the guidelines.

What else should I know?

  • Only one nomination per category per state is permitted.
  • Each project must be submitted in only one award category.
  • Each state can win up to two recognition recipient awards per year. If a state has recipient-level ratings in more than two categories, the two highest scored categories will be chosen. In the other categories, the second highest score will be elevated to recipient and the original recipient will remain a finalist. Multi-state initiatives and the State CIO Office Special Recognition recipients are exceptions to this rule.

All nominations must follow the prescribed format outlined below.


  • Length of submission not to exceed seven pages total
  • Font should be easily readable
  • Nomination must be submitted in PDF

Required Sections

  • Page 1: Cover Page (title, category, state, project initiation and completion dates)
  • Page 2: Executive Summary
  • Pages 3-7: Project Narrative: Concept, Significance and Impact

Supplemental Materials

  • Nominations may include URLs of public-facing project-specific sites. Judges may visit a site for clarification, but the project narrative will be the main basis of scoring. When writing the narrative, please assume judges will not visit the site. The inclusion of URLs is beneficial to other states when the nomination is added to the NASCIO Awards Library.
  • Do not include/mail supplemental materials (videos, brochures, press releases, news articles, marketing materials, CDs/DVDs), as these items will not be reviewed by judges.


NASCIO will review all nominations to determine compliance with eligibility, nomination requirements, and alignment with selected award category. If the nomination does not meet the guidelines, the nominator will be notified and granted 48 hours to resolve the situation. Nominations that remain non-compliant will not be reviewed by judges.

Nomination Scoring


Nominations are reviewed and scored by a volunteer panel of NASCIO state and corporate members. In each award category, the three (3) highest rated nominations will be named as finalists. The highest rated nomination in each award category will be named as the award recipient. 

Each of the following elements will make up a portion of the total score as indicated below.

  1. Exemplar (20% of total score): The project represents visionary and transformational use of information technology in state government.
  2. Concept (20% of total score): The project successfully addresses an important dilemma in public service and/or encourages civic engagement.
  3. Significance (20% of total score): The project is consequential, relevant and transformational for state government and/or constituents.
  4. Impact (40% of total score): The project leads to substantial and measurable change; it makes state government better.


NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards Library