August 16, 2008 By News Report
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has selected 30 state IT initiatives in 10 categories as finalists for the 2008 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government.
NASCIO's Recognition Awards Program, celebrating its 20th consecutive year, features categories reflecting the wide range of IT projects currently under development within state governments. Emphasis was placed on recognizing programs that exemplify best practices, support the public policy goals of state leaders, represent an innovative use of existing technology or a use of new technology, assist government officials to efficiently execute their duties, provide cost-effective service to citizens and are transferable to other agencies or units of government.
"State information technology best practices should be promoted and shared," said Oklahoma Deputy Director of IT and NASCIO Awards Committee Chair, Joe Fleckinger. "Recognizing NASCIO's 20th year of the program, NASCIO's leadership has revised the process and expanded recognition to a field of finalists. The program provides a showcase of innovative initiatives from across the nation and encourages state governments to continue to focus on efficiency, excellence and quality service to citizens."
Thirty exemplary initiatives were chosen as finalists from 114 submissions by 30 states. NASCIO's Awards committee, composed of NASCIO state and corporate members representing leading public and private IT organizations, selected the 2008 award finalists. One initiative in each category will be honored as the award recipient during the state dinner and award presentation at NASCIO's annual conference on September 23 in Milwaukee.
The following is a list of award finalists organized by category:
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Cross-Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships
Data, Information and Knowledge Management
Digital Government: Government to Business
Digital Government: Government to Citizen
Digital Government: Government to Government
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.