NASCIO Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in State IT: Finalists Announced for 2016 NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has selected 37 IT initiatives in 11 categories as finalists for the State IT Recognition Awards. This year’s high quality of nominations shows that states continue to innovate and achieve great results.
The prestigious awards program, in its 28th consecutive year, honors outstanding information technology achievements in the public sector. Finalists have been named in each award category; the recipient in each category will be announced at the upcoming NASCIO Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida this September. Projects and initiatives from NASCIO member states, territories, and the District of Columbia were eligible for nomination. Finalists were selected by the NASCIO Awards Committee from a field of more than 130 nominees.
“Recognition Awards are determined by peer review,” said Dewand Neely, CIO for the state of Indiana and Award Committee co-chair. “Our volunteer judges undertake a difficult task in scoring nominations, but their review is what sets NASCIO awards apart from others in the field. Recognition from peers holds a special meaning.”
“The prestige of this awards program and its importance to the state IT community is confirmed by the large number of NASCIO members that submit nominations and give of their time as judges,” said James Collins, CIO for the state of Delaware and Awards Committee co-chair. “Though finalists and recipients are named, at its core, this program is about honoring the innovative and important work in state IT that often goes uncelebrated.”
To ensure states can access the innovations and best practices of their peers, details about all nominated projects are posted on NASCIO’s website,
Awards finalists in the 2016 program are as follows:
Cross Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships
State of Connecticut: Connecticut State Gigabit Connections Enable Local Government Collaboration
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Delivering on the Promise of Digital Learning: Unprecedented Collaboration between State Government and Public Schools 
State of Michigan: Michigan Medicaid as a Service
State of Michigan: Michigan Cyber Disruption Response Plan
State of Texas: SPECTRIM: Statewide Portal for Enterprise Cybersecurity Threat, Risk and Incident Management 
Commonwealth of Virginia: Reducing Risk through Enterprise Data Identification
Digital Government: Government to Business
State of Florida: Clearinghouse for Health Care Applicant Screening
State of Mississippi: Mississippi Secretary of State Boss: Business One Stop Shop
State of Oregon: Oregon License Directory
State of Utah: State Construction Registry
State of Washington: Health Information Exchange
State of West Virginia: Public Defense Fraud Detection
Digital Government: Government to Citizen
State of California: UI Online
State of Georgia: Accessible Platform Initiative
State of Iowa: Iowa Administrative Rules Public Comment
State of West Virginia: DMV Self-Service Application 
Disaster Recovery/Security & Business Continuity Readiness 
State of Connecticut: Innovation in Business Continuity: Colocation at Springfield, MA Data Center
Emerging & Innovative Technologies 
State of Arkansas: Gov2Go-Arkansas' Citizen-Centric Government Service Delivery Platform
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Patient Safety Visual Analytics Reporting System
Commonwealth of Virginia: Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission
Enterprise IT Management Initiatives
State of North Dakota: North Dakota K-12 Identity Management Services Project
State of Ohio: Data Center Co-Location Service 
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Securely Exchanging Data across the Private and Public Information Highway
State of Wyoming: Wyoming Enterprise Extendable Code Library
Improving State Operations
State of Arkansas: Enables Arkansans to Receive 70% More Unclaimed Property
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Informing and Enhancing the Work of the State Auditor to Drive Business Improvements across State Government 
State of Michigan: MiLogin
Commonwealth of Virginia: BeneVets Automated Claim Application
Information Communications Technology Innovations
State of Michigan: Michigan Forest Inventory System (MiFl)
State of Ohio: Expanding Unified Communications Across Ohio: True Enterprise Collaboration
State of Wyoming: Wyoming Unified Network
Open Government Initiatives
State of California: CHHS Open Data
District of Columbia: 2015 Sensor Flight and Data Capture Project
State of Florida: Contract Accountability and Transparency
Special CIO Recognition Award
State of California: California Department of Technology CalCloud
State of Washington: Washington State Employer of Choice
State of Wisconsin: State of Wisconsin eGovernment Program