The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) announced the finalists for its State IT Recognition Awards.

The 30 finalists, spread over 10 categories, were selected by 60 NASCIO members from 110 submissions. NASCIO said the award nominations “showcase 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.” Award winners will be announced during the NASCIO Annual Conference in October.

Award finalists for the 2021 State IT Recognition Awards are:

Business Process Innovations

  • State of California: Less Clicks, More Care: Automating COVID-19 Testing and Results Letters
  • State of Georgia: Halt! Who goes there? Georgia DOL’s Identity Verification Project
  • Commonwealth of Virginia: The Virginia IT Agency’s Fast-Tracked Digital Transformation

Cross-Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships

  • State of Connecticut: Contact Tracing Innovation – ContaCT
  • State of Illinois: Illinois Drive-up Wi-Fi Map
  • State of Nebraska: Bottling Lightning: IT “Happened in Nebraska”


  • State of Minnesota: Securing State Payment Card Data for Minnesotans
  • State of North Carolina: NC’s Whole of State Approach to Cybersecurity: Working across the State to Prepare, Prevent and Support
  • State of Ohio: Bringing Power to the People: Self-service Tools and Account Transparency

Data Management, Analytics, and Visualization

  • State of Georgia: From Here to Broadband Access: The Georgia Broadband Map
  • State of North Carolina: Bridging the Data Divide and Bringing Health Equity
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Opioid Open Data Dashboard Project

Digital Government: Government to Business

  • State of Colorado: Simplifying Colorado’s Sales and Use Tax Filings
  • State of Michigan: Michigan Liquor Ordering (MILO)
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Construction Documentation System Version 3

Digital Government: Government to Citizen

  • State of Louisiana: Virtualizing Disaster SNAP
  • State of Ohio: Advancing Ohio Data Transparency and Access
  • State of Tennessee: MyTN: Digitizing and Transforming the Citizen Experience with Tennessee

Emerging and Innovative Technologies 

  • State of Colorado: Bolstering Law Enforcement Safety with Colorado Digital ID
  • State of Minnesota: MNbenefits: Piloting Secure Self-Service for Minnesota’s Benefits
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Robotic Process Automation

Enterprise IT Management Initiatives

  • State of Indiana: Access Indiana: Building and Deploying the Next Generation Citizen and Business Authentication System
  • State of North Carolina: North Carolina is a Leader in the Nation for Next Gen 911
  • State of Tennessee: Tennessee’s IT Budget Transformation

Information Communications Technology (ICT) Innovations 

  • State of Colorado: Transforming Raw Data into Actionable Insight with Location Intelligence
  • State of Minnesota: Communicating P-EBT Benefits to Families When Schools Closed
  • State of North Carolina: Solving Claim Status Questions Through Automation: Unemployment Benefit Claim Status Solution

State CIO Office Special Recognition

  • State of California: My Turn: California’s Front Door to Vaccine Access
  • State of Connecticut: Triumph Through Tragedy
  • State of Minnesota: Innovation Informs Minnesotans about COVID-19 Resources, Risks, and Guidance
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