The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) today released the finalists for its State IT Recognition Awards that recognize “outstanding information technology achievements in state government” in 10 categories, according to a NASCIO release.

“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.”

To determine finalists, a volunteer committee of judges comprised of NASCIO members reviewed more than 120 submissions and selected the finalists. The award recipients will be announced during a ceremony at the NASCIO Annual Conference this October in San Diego, Calif.

Because the awards highlight innovation and best practices in state government, all award submissions are added to NASCIO’s awards library by later this month so other states can learn from leaders in the field.

The 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?
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