30 state IT projects finalists for NASCIO awards

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has named this year’s finalists for its annual awards program that honors states’ information technology programs.

NASCIO has selected 30 state IT initiatives in 10 categories as finalists for its 2011 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government.

Projects and initiatives from NASCIO member states, territories, and the District of Columbia were eligible for nomination, and finalists were selected by NASCIO’s awards committee from a field of more than 100 nominees. The awards program is in its 23rd year.

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“The NASCIO 2011 State Recognition Awards strive to recognize the best practices of state IT initiatives across the nation," said Brenda Decker, Nebraska CIO and co-chair for the NASCIO awards committee.

“The Awards Committee and NASCIO believe that these best practices should be shared for learning and implementation across government entities for increased efficiencies and services to citizens,” said Jerry Fralick, North Carolina CIO and co-chair for the NASCIO Awards Committee.

Finalists will be formally announced at NASCIO’s annual conference in Denver Oct. 3. Details about all the nominated projects are posted on NASCIO’s website.

Awards finalists in the 2011 program are:

Cross-Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships

California – Routing on Empirical Data (RED) Project.

West Virginia – Statewide Local E-Government Implementation & Adoption.

Virginia – Virginia Vital Events and Screening Tracking System.

Data Information and Knowledge Management

California – California Courts Protective Order Registry.

Michigan – Department of Human Services Decision Support System.

North Dakota – North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s Direct Certification.

Digital Government: Government to Business

Oklahoma – Prescription Monitoring Program/Building a National Model.

Michigan – USAHerds Cattle Tracking, Protecting our Food Supply.

Utah – Utah Clinical Health Information Exchange.

Digital Government: Government to Citizen

Arkansas – Arkansas.gov Mobile Portal and Online Services Suite.

Virginia – ARRA Energy Rebate Systems.

North Carolina – North Carolina State Parks Central Reservation System.

Enterprise IT Management Initiatives

Pennsylvania – Consolidation & Virtualization of IT Services for PA.

 California – Data Center Optimization: California’s Blueprint for Success.

Michigan – Optimizing Government Technology Value: Establishing Enterprise Metrics to Ensure Operational Readiness and Business Availability.

Fast Track Solutions

California – California Mobile Development Program.

Virginia – Gas and Oil Board Escrow Estimator.

Michigan – MiCloud Automated Hosting Service Improving State Operations.

Improving State Operations

Utah – Authentication as a Service: Single Sign-On Customer Authentication.

Michigan – Connecting Citizens and Government – a Shared CRM Platform.

Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Child Support Enforcement Data Exchange.

Information Communications Technology Innovations

Michigan – Michigan Business Intelligence System.

Missouri – Smart Phone Conservation Agent Application.

Utah – Universal Framework.

Open Government Initiatives

Oregon – Data.Orgeon.gov “The First Citizen Social Interactive State Data Portal.”

North Carolina – E-mail and Open Government.

New Jersey – YourMoney.NJ.Gov; New Jersey’s Transparency Center.

Risk Management Initiatives

California – E-Commerce Portal Infrastructure.

Tennessee – Tennessee Emergency Medical Awareness, Response and Resources (TEMARR).

West Virginia – West Virginia Office of Technology Cyber Security Program.

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Rutrell Yasin is is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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