NASCIO Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in State IT: Finalists Announced for 2018 NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards

LEXINGTON, Ky., Wednesday, September 5, 2018 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has selected 31 finalists across 10 categories for the State IT Recognition Awards. This is the 30th consecutive year NASCIO has honored outstanding information technology achievements in state government through the awards.

Projects and initiatives from NASCIO member states, territories, and the District of Columbia were eligible for nomination. NASCIO members served as volunteer judges to review the 120+ submissions, narrowing the nominees down to finalists in each category. From these finalists, a recipient will be announced during an awards dinner at the upcoming NASCIO Annual Conference this October in San Diego, CA.

“For thirty years, NASCIO awards have honored exemplary state information technology projects,” said Denis Goulet, Commissioner, Department of Information Technology, State of New Hampshire and Awards Committee Co-Chair. “These awards provide a national platform to honor states and project teams on a job well done and to demonstrate the integral and transformative nature IT can have on state government and the experiences of citizens.”

“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 to serve as judges,” said Yessica Jones, Director and Chief Technology Officer, Department of Information Systems, State of Arkansas and Awards Committee Co-Chair. “Peer review is what sets NASCIO awards apart from others in the field and this recognition from peers is especially meaningful to the award finalists.”

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 will be added to the NASCIO’s awards library by late September.

Award finalists for the 2018 State IT Recognition Awards are:

Business Process Innovations
State of California: CBIG – California Business Incentives Gateway
State of New Mexico: SHARE: From a Four-Letter Word to a Five-Letter Success
State of Oregon: Department of Revenue’s Core Systems Replacement Project

Cross-Boundary Collaboration & Partnerships
State of Georgia: Georgia Gateway
State of Maine (with Rhode Island and Mississippi): Launching an Unemployment Application in a Consortium Model
State of Michigan: Michigan's Investment Reporting Tool

State of Illinois: Department of Innovation & Technology, Security Operation Center
State of Missouri: Vendor Security Risk Management and Benchmarking
State of South Dakota: Email Threat Assessment Evaluation

Data Management, Analytics & Visualization
State of Indiana: Facilitating Data-Driven Innovation – Indiana Management Performance Hub
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Treasury Transparency Project
State of Utah: Discover: Utah's Base Map and Imagery Services

Digital Government: Government to Business
State of Arizona: Arizona myDEQ Environmental Compliance Portal
State of Illinois: Unemployment Insurance Tax Modernization
State of Indiana: INBiz: Taking Hoosier Businesses to the Next Level
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Electronic Permitting for Department of Environmental Protection

Digital Government: Government to Citizen
State of Arizona: Department of Child Safety “Mobile First” Strategy and Tablet Deployment
State of California: California Correctional Health Care Services, Electronic Health Record System (EHRS)
State of Michigan: Michigan Education and Career Pathfinder

Emerging & Innovative Technologies
State of Illinois: Illinois Blockchain Initiative
Commonwealth of Kentucky: Kentucky’s Integrated Eligibility and Enrollment System
State of Mississippi: My Mississippi, My Technology

Enterprise IT Management Initiatives
State of Florida: Primary State Data Center Consolidation
State of Nebraska: Operation Enterprise IT: A Hybrid Consolidation
State of South Carolina: Program Management Office and Governance Structure

Information Communications Technology (ICT) Innovations
State of Arkansas: Arkansas Public School Computer Network Broadband Upgrade
State of Delaware: Text 911 Speechless Crisis Communication Option Increases Accessibility
State of Michigan: Mi Bridges: Helping Michigan Citizens Every Step of the Way

State CIO Office Special Recognition
State of California: California Cybersecurity 4-Core Partnership
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Center of Excellence for Electronic Grants
​State of Washington: “REBOOT” – Where is the Value in Starting Over?