2016 StateScoop 50 Innovation of the Year Award Winners

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WIC ProgramDepartment of HealthOklahoma

Oklahoma WIC has a new program that helps more efficiently process special baby formula requests from families whose infants are allergic to regular formula. Previously, orders were placed by phone and vendors were paid outside the redemption process, meaning data within the system was incomplete. The solution from Xerox accommodates complexities while automatically recording transaction data. Oklahoma WIC now fulfills mail-order special formula needs easier, faster, with accurate reporting, and efficient ordering and distribution. 

AccessDNR Apple Watch AppDepartment of Natural ResourcesMaryland

In June 2015, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources debuted the AccessDNR Apple Watch app, which allows users to discover nearby waterways from their wrist. It was the first Apple Watch app created by a state government that uses geolocation. The app uses the iPhone's geolocation technology and Apple Maps to provide directions to the top 10 closest water access points or water trails. On-screen icons also indicate whether the site has a boat ramp or soft launch. To date, thousands of Marylanders have downloaded the AccessDNR mobile app.

Montana Business ChecklistMontana

The Montana Business Checklist is a powerful, easy-to-use service that brings all Montana's business permits and licenses into one location. This service helps users navigate through Montana's permitting and licensing, and helps develop businesses into Montana success stories. The service was developed by a partnership between the Montana Department of Administration, the Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development, as well as with the assistance of several other state agencies, including the Secretary of State, Department of Revenue, and the Department of Labor and Industry.

Oregon Ethics' Filing SystemGovernment Ethics CommissionOregon

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission launched a filing system to improve transparency and simplify the filing process for lobbyists, their clients or employers; and public officials. The system allows users to submit required reports, and automatically emails deadline notices and reminders. It features public access to all registrations and expenditure reports filed by lobbyists and clients, allowing instant searches of the information on laptops or mobile devices. This helps legislators determine who the people they meet are lobbying for. Since launching in late 2015, more than 5,000 registrations and filers have been submitted successfully online.


The Nebraska Secretary of State Elections Division launched a bilingual and cross-agency application for online voter registration in September. Branded NEReg2Vote, the interactive system securely retrieves, and then matches, users' personal information from the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. The application offers a simple interface for eligible users to enter or update their voter information. Navigation demonstrations and voter FAQs are available to assist first-time and returning voters. Adoption is projected to surpass 15,000 users by this year’s national election.


Gov2Go is a secure platform that offers residents a single point of contact for the Arkansas government. It acts as a digital assistant, tracking users’ assessment, property tax, car tag and other civic deadlines for the year and sending reminders when something is due. It also provides links to do everything online. Available as a web app and though iPhone, Android and Apple Watch apps, Gov2Go is coming soon to other states.

New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration CellNew Jersey

Joining forces to fight cyberattacks, New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the Office of Information Technology and State Police developed the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell. 

The NJCCIC aims to improve New Jersey’s business environment, empower small businesses to manage cyber risk, bolster infrastructure resiliency and protect privacy. Created by an executive order signed this year by Gov. Chris Christie, the NJCCIC is working closely with the FBI, law enforcement and multiple information sharing analysis centers such as the Multi-State Information Sharing Analysis Center.

LinkNYCNew York City

With thousands of pay phones sitting unused or damaged beyond repair across New York City, the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation devised a system to retrofit old phone booths into Wi-Fi kiosks that offer free, high-speed public internet to city residents and visitors. Though only a handful of kiosks are live now, the city plans to have several thousand in regular operation, providing wide coverage for the city's residents and visitors. The city is working on a solution that allows users to seamlessly jump between kiosk coverage areas without losing reception.

Threat Intelligence PortalOffice of CybersecurityMissouri

Missouri's Office of Cyber Security has built a portal to share threat intel that has been collected from interagency incidents and other sources. The portal provides a platform to share threat intel in a timely manner to trusted individuals and enables collaboration between OCS and its partners. The portal is innovative in the state government space, uses advanced technologies to feed it, and has the goal of safeguarding citizen's information by sharing threat intel as quickly as possible. The portal keeps the enterprise and partners updated about the threats, campaigns, malware and vulnerabilities they are facing.

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