NASCIO Announces Finalists for 2021 NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards

Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, August 31, 2021 —The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has selected 30 finalists across 10 categories for the State IT Recognition Awards. Projects and initiatives from NASCIO member states and territories were eligible for nomination. Over 60 NASCIO members served as volunteer judges to review the over 110 submissions, narrowing the nominees down to three finalists in each category. From these finalists, a recipient from each category will be announced during the NASCIO Annual Conference in October.

The award nominations showcase the use of information technology to address critical business problems, more easily connect citizens to their government, improve business processes and create new opportunities that improve the lives of citizens. To ensure states have access to the innovations and leading practices of their peers, all award submissions have been added to NASCIO’s Awards Library.

Award finalists for the 2021 State IT Recognition Awards are:

Business Process Innovations 
State of California: Less Clicks, More Care: Automating COVID-19 Testing & Results Letters
State of Georgia: Halt! Who goes there? Georgia DOL’s Identity Verification Project
Commonwealth of Virginia: The Virginia IT Agency’s Fast-Tracked Digital Transformation

Cross-Boundary Collaboration & Partnerships 
State of Connecticut: Contact Tracing Innovation – ContaCT
State of Illinois: Illinois Drive-up Wi-Fi Map
State of Nebraska: Bottling Lightning: IT “Happened in Nebraska”

State of Minnesota: Securing State Payment Card Data for Minnesotans
State of North Carolina: NC’s Whole of State Approach to Cybersecurity: Working across the State to  Prepare, Prevent and Support
State of Ohio: Bringing Power to the People: Self-service Tools & Account Transparency

Data Management, Analytics & Visualization 
State of Georgia: From Here to Broadband Access: The Georgia Broadband Map
State of North Carolina: Bridging the Data Divide and Bringing Health Equity
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Opioid Open Data Dashboard Project

Digital Government: Government to Business 
State of Colorado: Simplifying Colorado’s Sales & Use Tax Filings
State of Michigan: Michigan Liquor Ordering (MILO)
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Construction Documentation System Version 3

Digital Government: Government to Citizen 
State of Louisiana: Virtualizing Disaster SNAP
State of Ohio: Advancing Ohio Data Transparency and Access
State of Tennessee: MyTN: Digitizing and Transforming the Citizen Experience with Tennessee

Emerging & Innovative Technologies  
State of Colorado: Bolstering Law Enforcement Safety with Colorado Digital ID
State of Minnesota: MNbenefits: Piloting Secure Self-Service for Minnesota’s Benefits
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Robotic Process Automation

Enterprise IT Management Initiatives 
State of Indiana: Access Indiana: Building & Deploying the Next Generation Citizen & Business Authentication System
State of North Carolina: North Carolina is a Leader in the Nation for Next Gen 911
State of Tennessee: Tennessee’s IT Budget Transformation

Information Communications Technology (ICT) Innovations  
State of Colorado: Transforming Raw Data into Actionable Insight with Location Intelligence
State of Minnesota: Communicating P-EBT Benefits to Families When Schools Closed
State of North Carolina: Solving Claim Status Questions Through Automation: Unemployment Benefit Claim Status Solution

State CIO Office Special Recognition 
State of California: My Turn: California’s Front Door to Vaccine Access
State of Connecticut: Triumph Through Tragedy
State of Minnesota: Innovation Informs Minnesotans about COVID-19 Resources, Risks, and Guidance

NASCIO Contact
Emily Lane
Programs and Brand Director
National Association of State Chief Information Officers