NASCIO names State IT Recognition Award finalists for 2020

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers says it plans to announce 10 winners at its virtual online conference in October.
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The National Association of State Chief Information Officers on Wednesday announced 30 finalists for its annual State IT Recognition Awards, showcasing some of the most impactful projects on data, digital government and process innovation.

The group said the finalists, which were chosen from 90 submissions from its membership, were selected by wide panel of member states and territories.

According to NASCIO’s announcement, finalists were chosen based on “the use of information technology to address critical business problems, more easily connect citizens to their government, improve business processes and create new opportunities that improve the lives of citizens.”

Winners in each category will be announced at NASCIO’s annual conference on Oct. 13.


NASCIO’s 2020 State IT Recognition Award finalists:

Business Process Innovations

  • State of Colorado: Colorado PEAK Chatbot
  • State of Minnesota: MNIT and MDH: Cloud, AI, and Data Lake Transformation
  • State of North Carolina: Modernizing Environmental Mapping with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Cross-Boundary Collaboration & Partnerships

  • State of Minnesota: Collaborative Maps Community of Practice: Creating Groundbreaking Accessible Map Guides
  • State of Montana: Montana Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System Project
  • Commonwealth of Virginia: Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation (FAACT)


  • State of Georgia: Who Let the “Cyber Dawg” Out? A Live-Action Cybersecurity Exercise
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Developing Key Security Risk Indicators Through Cyber Analytics and Correlation
  • Commonwealth of Virginia: Quantitative Risk Analysis for Improved Cybersecurity Risk Management

Data Management, Analytics & Visualization

  • State of Oregon: SMarT (Scars, Marks, Tattoos): Safety, Security, & CORE Measures Transformation
  • State of Ohio: Ohio Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice – Phase 1
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Maintenance-IQ – Empowering PennDOT Professionals with Data Visualization

Digital Government: Government to Business

  • State of Colorado: MyBizColorado
  • State of Delaware: Delaware One Stop
  • State of North Carolina: Improving Health Outcomes through the State Health Information Exchange

Digital Government: Government to Citizen

  • State of Colorado: myColorado
  • State of North Carolina: myNCDMV: The digital DMV experience
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: REAL ID Project

Emerging & Innovative Technologies

  • State of Indiana: Management Performance Hub, Enhance Research Environment
  • State of Minnesota: MNIT and DNR: Digital App Manages Public Water Access Sites
  • State of Wisconsin: DevOps platform including initial apps such as ePay, Machine Learning and others

Enterprise IT Management Initiatives

  • State of Colorado: DevSecOps
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky: Enterprise IT Project Portfolio Management
  • Commonwealth of Virginia: Virginia: Pioneering a New Method of State IT Services Delivery

Information Communications Technology (ICT) Innovations

  • State of Indiana: Department of Child Services, CCWIS VR Employee Engagement Platform
  • State of Maryland: Maryland First: First Responders Interoperability Radio System Team
  • State of Wisconsin: Electrifying HealthCare Communication in Corrections

State CIO Office Special Recognition

  • State of Minnesota: MNIT and MDVA: Modern Digital VATS-Education System Serves Veteran
  • State of Tennessee: The Best Recipe for IT Workforce, Culture and Guiding Principles
  • State of Washington: Paid Family & Medical Leave
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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