NASCIO announces 2018 State IT Recognition Awards finalists

The winners from this group of 31 projects and programs will be announced at the association's annual conference later this year.

Arkansas’ school broadband upgrade , Illinois’ blockchain initiative and a multi-state consortium for unemployment benefit applications are among the finalists named Wednesday as part of an annual program recognizing the best projects and programs in state government technology.

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers revealed a list of 31 finalists across 10 categories of state government technology functions as part of its State IT Recognition Awards. This year marks the 30th consecutive year that NASCIO has held the program, one that Arkansas CIO Yessica Jones called in a press statement “prestigious.”

“Peer review is what sets NASCIO awards apart from others in the field and this recognition from peers is especially meaningful to the award finalists,” Jones said.

The finalists, which include projects like the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology’s Security Operations Center and Michigan’s Investment Reporting Tool, were selected by NASCIO members who volunteered as judges.


Winners in each of the 10 categories are to be announced during an awards dinner at NASCIO’s annual conference in San Diego in October.

“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,” New Hampshire CIO Denis Goulet said in a press release.

The 2018 State IT Recognition Awards finalists:

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?

Colin Wood

Written by Colin Wood

Colin Wood is the editor in chief of StateScoop and EdScoop. He's reported on government information technology policy for more than a decade, on topics including cybersecurity, IT governance and public safety.

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