NASCIO Honors Exceptional State Initiatives

Finalists Announced for 2013 NASCIO Recognition Awards

LEXINGTON, Ky., Thursday, August 15 — Successful information technology initiatives continue to be vital to the success of state government, according to the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). NASCIO has selected 35 state IT initiatives in 11 categories as finalists for its 2013 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government. These initiatives deserve to be highlighted and shared in order to promote innovation, foster better government, and engage citizens.

Finalists in NASCIO’s prestigious awards program, which is celebrating its 25th consecutive year, were recently announced, and one initiative in each category will be recognized 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 120 nominees.

“The state recognition award nominations for 2013 demonstrate that states continue 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,” said Claire Bailey, Arkansas director and chief technology officer and co-chair for the NASCIO Awards Committee. “Congratulations to this year’s award finalists, who represent top state IT initiatives across the nation.”

Stu Davis, chief information officer and assistant director and co-chair for the NASCIO Awards Committee said, “More than ever, state information technology best practices should be promoted and shared and the NASCIO Recognition Awards program provides the platform for highlighting leadership, innovation and collaboration. We can all benefit from this year’s compelling collection of nominations.”

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 2013 program are as follows:

Cross Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships
California: Online Voter Registration
Virginia: Customer Relationship Management
Kansas: KLER Justice Solution
Nebraska: Network Nebraska-Education

Data, Information and Knowledge Management
California: Enhanced Call Tracking System (ECaTS)
Pennsylvania: JNET and PennDOT Facial Recognition Integration
Georgia: The Point Implementation
Michigan: Unemployment Insurance Agency Overpayment Recovery

Digital Government: Government to Business
Utah: Avenue H: Health Insurance Marketplace
California: Electronic Services Expansion Project
Massachusetts: iCORI (Internet- Accessible Criminal Offender Record Information)

Digital Government: Government to Citizen
Nebraska: Handicap Parking Permit Application and Management System
Massachusetts: mTicketing for Commuter Rail and Ferry Services
Utah: myCase: Self-service Account Management for Recipients of Public Assistance

Enterprise IT Management Initiatives
Michigan: Candid Assessment Delivers ICT Roadmap to Drive Improvements
District of Columbia: Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), Enterprise Contracts Management Services
Minnesota: Managing State IT through Service Level Agreements: An Unprecedented Journey

Fast Track Solutions
Delaware: State Police Mobile Crime Tip Line App (iOS and Android)
Nebraska: Capitol Live Mobile App
Utah: Legislative Bill Watch

Improving State Operations
California: Business Information Systems Project
Massachusetts: Juvenile Justice Enterprise Management System
Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Employee Onboarding

Information Communications Technology
Hawai’i: Mobile Emergency Command Interfaced (MERCI)
New Mexico: Wildfire Watch
California: The Enhanced 9-1-1 Grant Project

Open Government Initiatives
California: Election Results Website
Massachusetts: Open Checkbook
Utah: Open Transportation Data in the Cloud with uGATE and UPlan

Cyber Security
Michigan: Cyber Training 3.0: New Solutions Addressing Escalating Security Risks
Pennsylvania: Managed Enterprise Internet and Security Services
Hawai’i: Single Sign On (SSO) for the Hawai’i State Department of Education

State CIO Office Special Recognition
Virginia: eGov Business Process Re-Engineering
Oregon: Federal Tax Information (FTI) Joint Agency Committee
California: The State of California GeoPortal