NASCIO applauds state programs

In its annual competition for outstanding information technology programs, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers recently recognized projects, ranging from online education to tax compliance, from 11 states.

This year, the association received 117 nominations from 30 states. Winners were selected in nine categories, and two special recognition awards were also given. Criteria for selection were based on project description, how long the project has been working, its significance to government, its benefits to agencies and constituents, and its return on investment.

The awards were have to been announced at NASCIO's annual conference, scheduled for Sept. 16-18 in New Orleans. But the event was canceled in the wake of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11.

The awards (www.nascio.org/awards) include:

* NC Classes On-Line, an initiative to encourage North Carolina teachers to develop their own classroom Web pages, thereby promoting accessibility.

* The Advanced Regional Traffic Interactive Management and Information System Traveler Advisory Telephone Service (ARTIMIS TATS), an intelligent-transportation-system project that manages traffic in the northern Kentucky and Cincinnati metropolitan area.

* CAL-Buy, California's online procurement system, developed with Accenture.

* Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Connect program, which standardizes desktop software and e-mail statewide.

* FARSTaR (Field Audit Research, Selection, Tracking and Reporting), the Michigan Revenue Compliance Bureau's fully automated and integrated audit compliance process for more than 550,000 registered business taxpayers.

* Idaho's Web-based Information Technology Training Program, which combines the IT training resources of state agencies, higher education institutions, major computer hardware and software firms, and private training organizations.

* A public/private partnership between the Virginia Department of Taxation and American Management Systems Inc. to re-engineer the agency's business processes to manage state revenues.

* eChild Support, an Internet-based solution by New Mexico's Human Services Department and Accenture to help parents and employers exchange information on child support.

* The Washington State Digital Government Plan, designed to help agencies build e-government applications through collaboration rather than duplicating efforts.

* A statewide effort by West Virginia's government to help all its public schools receive E-Rate funding for Internet access.

* The System for Electronic Rate and Form Filing (SERFF), an automated system for states to receive, comment on, and approve or reject insurance industry rate and form filings.

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