State CIO group announces finalists for IT awards

For the 27th year in a row, NASCIO will recognize state IT initiatives in several states in its State IT Recognition Awards at its annual conference.

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North Carolina’s Innovation Center and Minnesota’s online permitting system were among the 44 initiatives selected as finalists for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ annual State IT Recognition Awards.

Eligible projects and initiatives came from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The finalists were selected by the NASCIO Awards Committee from a field of more than 100 nominees, according to a release from the association. Four different projects were recognized in 11 different categories. One winner per category will be announced at the association’s annual conference in Salt Lake City in October.

Virginia leads the field with five initiatives recognized as finalists. Pennsylvania was recognized with four, while Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and Washington received three finalist spots.


Last year, NASCIO recognized Oregon, North Carolina, Washington, New Mexico, Georgia, California, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Texas with awards at its annual conference in Nashville.

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

  • Colorado — Universal Application
  • Iowa — Property Tax Reform
  • North Dakota — Health Information Network
  • Ohio — Health and Human Services Transformation
  • Colorado — Secure Colorado: Achieving quick and sustainable risk reduction
  • Idaho — Cybersecurity Program
  • Michigan — Cyber Disruption Response Strategy
  • Pennsylvania — Advanced cyber analytics improves cybersecurity intelligence and response program
  • Kansas — Business Center
  • Massachusetts — Enhancing the state’s health care landscape through the trusted information exchange
  • Missouri — Geosciences Technical Resource Assessment Tool (GeoSTRAT)
  • Virginia — Enhancing customer service through the mobile collectors application
  • Arkansas — A mobile filing system that enables citizens to receive 172 percent more unclaimed property
  • Minnesota — MPARS Permitting and Reporting System
  • Virginia — Electronic death registration and birth certificates on demand
  • Washington state — Customer-focused service enhancements to online tax filing system
  • Delaware — Combined disaster recovery and continuity of operations program
  • Oregon — Oregon-Montana Disaster Recovery Phases 1 & 2
  • Pennsylvania — All Eyes: A security breach exercise
  • Virginia — Disaster Recovery/Continuity
  • Colorado — PEAKHealth Mobile Application*
  • Minnesota — Crowdsourcing Minnesota’s Unsession
  • Oregon — OReGo: Oregon Road Usage Charge
  • Washington state — COBOL to Cloud: Transparent real-time change detection and data exchange from on-premises legacy mainframe system to software as a service
  • Michigan — IT Investment Fund: Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability
  • Ohio — IT Optimization: Driving business value
  • Pennsylvania — Treasury Transformation and Modernization Project
  • Virginia — Strategic planning with security as a priority
  • California — Strategic Offender Management System Project
  • Idaho — Internet Unemployment System (iUS)
  • Massachusetts — Preventing healthcare fraud through predictive modeling
  • Pennsylvania — PennDOT Mobile Highway Construction App
  • Washington, D.C. — Citywide Wireless
  • Minnesota — Workforce One Re-write
  • Utah — Utah Hunting and Fishing
  • Wyoming — Unified network a leap into a new era
  • Michigan — Enterprise Information Management
  • North Dakota — eTranscript System
  • Texas — Open Data Portal
  • Virginia — Va. Roads: Portal for map-based transportation information
  • California — Project Academy Series
  • North Carolina — Innovation Center*
  • Oklahoma — IT Unification: Phase One
  • Washington state — Prioritization of information technology budget requests

* – Denotes that finalist was a 2015 StateScoop 50 award winner.

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