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

In a Sept. 23 press release, NASCIO said it received 90 submissions and a judging panel of 60 NASCIO members had narrowed the field to 30 finalists across 10 categories for its annual awards. Award winners will be announced during the NASCIO Virtual Annual Conference in October.

“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,” NASCIO explained.

Award finalists for the 2020 State IT Recognition Awards are:

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 and 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, and 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 and 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 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
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