NASCIO honors eight states

2003 NASCIO Recognition Awards

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers honored eight states for outstanding technology projects that improve government.

It's the sixteenth year the nonprofit association — whose membership includes all state chief information officers — has doled out such awards. This year, the program received a record 133 nominations from 33 states for nine categories. Additionally, Texas was given special recognition for using biometrics to improve the state's welfare system.

Selection criteria included a project description including how long it's been in operation, significance of it to government operations, benefits to recipients — including taxpayers or state agencies — and return on investment.

Awards will be presented during NASCIO's annual conference Sept. 9 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

NASCIO Awards CategoryWinnerProjectDescription
Government-to-BusinessMichiganEmployer Filed ClaimsAllows employers to electronically submit an unemployment claim for a laid-off worker.
Security and Business ContinuityMichiganSecure Michigan Initiative ProjectComprehensive model for assessing vulnerability and risks, as well as promoting solutions in securing systems and networks.
Accessibility and ParticipationTennesseeInformation InfrastructureA managed-services network that provides local, long, mobile and global access to emerging data, voice, video and Internet services.
Communication InfrastructureSouth DakotaStatewide radio systemAccess to the first trunked system to use digital VHF is free of charge. Ninety-five percent of all public safety radio users were issued radios also at no charge.
Government-to-governmentCalifornia Public Employee Retirement System (Calpers)Secure portalMore than 2,500 state and public agency employers that work with Calpers use the portal to exchange retirement, health, and payroll information.
Government-to-citizenWashingtonINETWeb-based application allows individuals interested in working for the government to apply for a job, and provides state agencies with easy access to qualified, available and diverse candidates.
Enterprise information architectureNorth CarolinaAdaptive architecture for criminal justiceMoved the justice system from a mainframe to a Java-based platform with reduced costs, improved information sharing and greater flexibility.
Innovative use of technologyKentuckyVirtual Adult Education PortalHelps "undereducated adults with improved access to basic reading, writing, math, and employability skills."
Information technology management categoryVirginia Virginia Information Technologies Agency Abolished three state agencies and consolidated IT divisions within 94 executive branch offices into one single entity. Officials expect to save more than $100 million a year, create greater accountability, and improve efficiency and operations.

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