State CIO group announces finalists for annual awards program

The winners of NASCIO's annual state IT recognition awards will be announced at the group's annual conference in Orlando.

Wisconsin’s e-government program and Connecticut’s work to bring super-fast internet to its agencies were among the 37 initiatives selected as finalists for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ annual State IT Recognition Awards.

The finalists were selected from 130 projects, nominated from the 50 NASCIO member states, territories and the District of Columbia. The program, in its 28th consecutive year, aims to “honor outstanding information technology achievements in the public sector,” according to a release from NASCIO. Volunteer judges in the state IT community will peer review projects to select winners. 

The finalists represent 20 different states, plus the District of Columbia. Michigan has the most finalist positions, with four projects recognized. California and Virginia follow with three initiatives. 

“At its core, this program is about honoring the innovative and important work in state IT that often goes uncelebrated,” said Delaware CIO James Collins, who chaired the NASCIO committee with Indiana CIO Dewand Neely that selected the finalists. 


Last year, programs in Colorado, Virginia, Oregon, Minnesota, Ohio, Idaho, Michigan and North Carolina received State IT Recognition Awards.

The 2016 winners will be announced in September at NASCIO’s Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The finalists for this year’s awards, broken down by category, are:

Cross Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships

  • Connecticut: Connecticut State Gigabit Connections Enable Local Government Collaboration
  • Massachusetts: Delivering on the Promise of Digital Learning: Unprecedented Collaboration between State Government and Public Schools
  • Michigan: Michigan Medicaid as a Service


  • Michigan: Michigan Cyber Disruption Response Plan
  • Texas: SPECTRIM: Statewide Portal for Enterprise Cybersecurity Threat, Risk and Incident Management
  • Virginia: Reducing Risk through Enterprise Data Identification

Digital Government: Government to Business

  • Florida: Clearinghouse for Health Care Applicant Screening
  • Mississippi: Mississippi Secretary of State Boss: Business One Stop Shop
  • Oregon: Oregon License Directory
  • Utah: State Construction Registry
  • Washington: Health Information Exchange
  • West Virginia: Public Defense Fraud Detection

Digital Government: Government to Citizen

  • California: UI Online
  • Georgia: Accessible Platform Initiative
  • Iowa: Iowa Administrative Rules Public Comment
  • West Virginia: DMV Self-Service Application

Disaster Recovery/Security & Business Continuity Readiness

  • Connecticut: Innovation in Business Continuity: Colocation at Springfield, MA Data Center

Emerging & Innovative Technologies

  • Arkansas: Gov2Go-Arkansas’ Citizen-Centric Government Service Delivery Platform*
  • Pennsylvania: Patient Safety Visual Analytics Reporting System
  • Virginia: Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission

Enterprise IT Management Initiatives

  • North Dakota: North Dakota K-12 Identity Management Services Project
  • Ohio: Data Center Co-Location Service
  • Pennsylvania: Securely Exchanging Data across the Private and Public Information Highway
  • Wyoming: Wyoming Enterprise Extendable Code Library

Improving State Operations

  • Arkansas: Enables Arkansans to Receive 70% More Unclaimed Property
  • Massachusetts: Informing and Enhancing the Work of the State Auditor to Drive Business Improvements across State Government
  • Michigan: MiLogin
  • Virginia: BeneVets Automated Claim Application

Information Communications Technology Innovations

  • Michigan: Michigan Forest Inventory System (MiFl)
  • Ohio: Expanding Unified Communications Across Ohio: True Enterprise Collaboration
  • Wyoming: Wyoming Unified Network

Open Government Initiatives

  • California: CHHS Open Data
  • District of Columbia: 2015 Sensor Flight and Data Capture Project
  • Florida: Contract Accountability and Transparency

Special CIO Recognition Award

  • California: California Department of Technology CalCloud
  • Washington: Washington State Employer of Choice
  • Wisconsin: Wisconsin eGovernment Program*

* Denotes that finalist was a 2016 StateScoop 50 award winner.

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