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Award Recipient: Washington Technology Employer of Choice Initiative (video)

  • September 2016
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Award Recipient: Washington Technology Employer of Choice Initiative (video)

State of Washington: Technology Employer of Choice Initiative
NASCIO 2016 State IT Recognition Award Recipient in the category of State CIO Office Special Recognition

Executive Summary*
Finding and retaining a cutting-edge technology workforce is the single most important and impactful challenge for the public sector. Moreover, in Washington State,  nearly half of the government workforce is eligible to retire within the next five years. For Washington, this challenge is compounded by the fact that state government competes for talent in a region that has some of the biggest technology brand names in the world, including Microsoft, Amazon, Disney, Expedia, Valve, Apple and more.

The state must be able to position itself as a viable competitor of talent in the region so that agencies can hire and retain the technology workforce  necessary to do business.Talent competitors have been adapting their workforce strategies to be more competitive. Theyhave aligned their strategies to the needs of the millennial and digital native generations, and state government must do the same. Finding strategies that will work in the public sector means taking risks and piloting new ideas. The state’s consolidated technology agency, Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech),  is addressing IT talent management challenges by implementing a diverse set of strategies, including:

Experimenting with self-management (Holacracy)
Piloting physical space changes
Reclassifying state government technology jobs
Hiring for value alignment instead of skills
Finding top talent in innovative ways
Transforming practices in government

Each of these strategies is at a different phase of implementation, but WaTech is already seeing results. By embracing emergent and innovative organizational and recruitment methodologies, WaTech  is helping position Washington state government as a technology employer of choice.

*Read full award nomination

NASCIO 2016 Best Practices

  • September 2016
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NASCIO 2016 Best Practices

Each year NASCIO honors outstanding IT projects among the states through the NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards. The Awards showcase innovation and excellence in the use of information technology in state government, such as transformational projects and initiatives that address critical business problems, improve business processes and increase citizen engagement in state government.

In 2016, NASCIO's 28th consecutive year of the awards program, volunteer judges selected 12 recipients across 11 categories.

NASCIO 2015 Best Practices

  • December 2015
  • Number of views: 6436
NASCIO 2015 Best Practices
Each year NASCIO recognizes outstanding IT projects among the states. This year 11 recipients were chosen. Their projects are highlighted in the annual Best Practices Book.

NASCIO 2014 Best Practices

  • October 2014
  • Number of views: 5301
NASCIO 2014 Best Practices

Each year NASCIO recognizes outstanding IT projects among the states. This year 11 recipients were chosen. Their projects are highlighted in the annual Best Practices Book.

2009 Best Practices in the Use of Information Technology in State Government Booklet

  • October 2009
  • Number of views: 3773
2009 Best Practices in the Use of Information Technology in State Government Booklet
Released in conjunction with NASCIO's 2010 Best Practices in the Use of Information Technology in State Government Awards, this booklet contains summaries of innovative state government programs in the following areas: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery ; Cross-Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships; Data, Information and Knowledge Management; Digital Government – G to B; Digital Government – G to C; Digital Government – G to G; Enterprise IT Management Initiatives; Information Communications Technology Innovations; Information Security and Privacy; and IT Project and Portfolio Management.

2008 Best Practices in the Use of Information Technology in State Government Booklet

  • September 2008
  • Number of views: 3875
2008 Best Practices in the Use of Information Technology in State Government Booklet
Released in conjunction with NASCIO's 2008 Best Practices in the Use of Information Technology in State Government Awards, this booklet contains summaries of innovative state government programs in the following areas: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery ; Cross-Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships; Data, Information and Knowledge Management; Digital Government – G to B; Digital Government – G to C; Digital Government – G to G; Enterprise IT Management Initiatives; Information Communications Technology Innovations; Information Security and Privacy; and IT Project and Portfolio Management.

2007 Best Practices in the Use of Information Technology in State Government

  • October 2007
  • Number of views: 3975
2007 Best Practices in the Use of Information Technology in State Government
Released in conjunction with NASCIO's 2007 Best Practices in the Use of Information Technology in State Government Awards, this booklet contains summaries of innovative state government programs in the following areas: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery ; Cross-Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships; Data, Information and Knowledge Management; Digital Government – G to B; Digital Government – G to C; Digital Government – G to G; Enterprise IT Management Initiatives; Information Communications Technology Innovations; Information Security and Privacy; and IT Project and Portfolio Management.

2006 Compendium of Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology

  • December 2006
  • Number of views: 3267
2006 Compendium of Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology
A product of NASCIO’s Recognition Awards program, this compendium highlights the most innovative initiatives and best practices identified from this year’s record number of submissions. Included are the complete nomination materials from the twelve award-winning initiatives as well as the projects commended with honorable mentions.

Best Practices in the Use of Information Technology in State Government

  • October 2006
  • Number of views: 4217
Best Practices in the Use of Information Technology in State Government
Released in conjunction with NASCIO's 2006 Best Practices in the Use of Information Technology in State Government Awards, this booklet contains summaries of innovative state government programs in the following areas: Business Continuity; Cross-Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships; Data, Information and Knowledge Management; Digital Government – G to B; Digital Government – G to C; Digital Government – G to G; Enterprise Architecture; Enterprise IT Management Initiatives; Information Communications Technology Innovations; and IT Project and Portfolio Management.

Best Practices in the Use of Information Technology in State Government

  • October 2005
  • Number of views: 4201
Best Practices in the Use of Information Technology in State Government
Released in conjunction with NASCIO's 2005 Best Practices in the Use of Information Technology in State Government Awards, this booklet contains summaries of innovative state government programs in the following eight areas: Communications Infrastructure, Digital Government – G to B, Digital Government – G to C, Digital Government – G to G, Enterprise Information Architecture, Innovative Use of Technology, Security & Business Continuity, and State IT Management Initiatives.
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