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NASCIO Announces Finalists For 2009 Recognition Awards

NASCIO has selected 30 state IT initiatives in 10 categories as finalists for the 2009 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government. This year’s high quality of nominations shows that states continue to innovate and achieve great results, despite the difficult economic climate. NASCIO has selected 30 state IT initiatives in 10 categories as finalists for the 2009 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government. This year’s high quality of nominations shows that states continue to innovate and achieve great results, despite the difficult economic climate.

State information technology best practices should be promoted and shared,said Deputy Director of Information Technology, State of Oklahoma and NASCIO Awards Committee Co-Chair, Joe Fleckinger. The Recognition Award program provides a showcase of innovative initiatives from across the nation and encourages state governments to continue to focus on efficiency, excellence and quality service to citizens.

Celebrating its 21st consecutive year, the Recognition Awards Program features categories reflecting the wide range of IT projects currently under development within state government. Emphasis was placed on recognizing programs that exemplify best practices, support the public policy goals of state leaders, represent an innovative use of existing and new technology, assist government officials to efficiently execute their duties, provide cost-effective service to citizens and are transferable to other agencies or units of government.

NASCIO’s Recognition Award program highlights leadership, innovation and collaboration, stated Greg Wass, Chief Information Officer, State of Illinois and NASCIO Awards Committee Co-Chair. Learning from the successes of our colleagues around the country, we can all reap the benefit of efficient business practices, quality information management, and sound technology policy.

Thirty exemplary initiatives were chosen as finalists from 117 submissions by 31 states. NASCIO’s Awards committee, comprised of judges from NASCIO’s state and corporate members, selected the 2009 award finalists. Full submissions from all nominations are posted on NASCIO’s website at www.nascio.org/awards.

One initiative in each category will be honored as the award recipient during the State Dinner and Award Presentation at NASCIO’s Annual Conference on October 26 in Austin, Texas.

The following is a list of award finalists organized by category:

Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery

State of Illinois  Illinois National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (I-NEDSS)

State of Tennessee – Enterprise Storage, Backup/Recovery, and Tape Virtualization

State of Utah – Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Across Government Boundaries

Cross Boundary Collaboration & Partnerships

State of Michigan – Government, Business and Academia collaboration to increase supply of graduating technology professionals, and promote economic growth
Commonwealth of Virginia – University IT Internship Partnership
State of Washington – Enhanced Driver License/Identification Card Project

Data, Information & Knowledge Management

State of New York – NYS Enhanced Drivers License – A Smart Way to Travel
State of Texas – Revenue and Sales Reporting (RASR) Business Intelligence Platform

Commonwealth of Virginia – Virginia Performs: Virginia’s Performance Leadership and Accountability System

Digital Government: G to B

State of Michigan – Certificate of Need (CON) e-Serv

State of Nebraska – Court Document E-filing

State of Utah – On the Spot Renewal System and Highway Patrol Safety Inspections

Digital Government: G to C

State of Minnesota – Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Technology Initiative Project

State of North Carolina – Integrated Voice Recognition System for Unemployment Insurance Initial and Continued Claims

Commonwealth of Virginia – Virginia.gov Portal Widgets

Digital Government: G to G

State of California – DCSS – California Child Support Automated System

State of Michigan – Michigan Standard Desktop Environment

State of North Carolina – Probation Officer’s Dashboard

Enterprise IT Management Initiatives

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – IT Shared Services

State of Texas – Business Process Improvements Project at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

State of West Virginia – West Virginia IT Consolidation Program

ICT Innovations
State of North Carolina – Wearable Inspection Grading Information Network System

State of South Dakota – Research, Education & Economic Development Network

State of Washington – Statewide Electronic Collision & Ticket Online Records (SECTOR)

Information Security & Privacy
State of Maine – CERTS

State of Michigan – Secure Wireless LAN

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – Commonwealth Application Certification & Accreditation (CA)2

IT Project & Portfolio Management

State of California – How to transform from a Project Management Office to a Performance Management Office on a shoestring budget

State of Oklahoma – Information Technology and Telecommunications Application

Commonwealth of Virginia – Virginia Technology Portfolio 2.0

State government projects and initiatives from the member states, territories, and the District of Columbia were eligible to be nominated for these prestigious annual awards. Criteria for selection included a description of the business problem and solution, significance of the project to the improvement of the operation of government, and the benefits of the project.

Contact Dianne Adams, NASCIO Programs and Education Coordinator at (859)
514-9167 or [email protected] for more information.

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