NASCIO names 30 of the best technology projects in state government

Published: August 30, 2019

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NASCIO has released a list of awards recognition finalists representing 30 of the most innovative technology projects in state government.

Each state government develops hundreds of new technology projects each year, ranging from governor’s initiatives to harden cybersecurity defenses to new apps that make it easier for residents to renew a license or find a job. 30 of these projects were named as award finalists by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). Among the numerous states mentioned in NASCIO’s finalists, North Carolina and Tennessee are featured most prominently, with each receiving four mentions in different categories. Finalists were grouped in ten categories, several of which align with the top priority of state CIOS, including data management, digital government, and cybersecurity.

A full list of the awards finalists and their categories is shown below.

Business Process Innovations

  • State of Michigan: JobNet: Road to the Future
  • State of North Carolina: Modernizing Estuarine Habitat Mapping with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 
  • State of Tennessee: MHSAS’s Electronic Clinical Record, Using IT to Provide Better Patient Care

Cross-Boundary Collaboration & Partnerships

  • State of Georgia: Georgia Cyber Center
  • State of Indiana: Connecting Indiana’s Medicaid and Corrections Data to Improve Hoosier Health
  • State of North Carolina: Improving Emergency Response Precision with the State Emergency Response Application 


  • State of Iowa: Election Cybersecurity Partnership Project
  • State of Ohio: Digital Identity: Providing a Secure Customer Experience
  • State of Texas: Managed Security Services – Provided by Texas for Texas Governments

Data Management, Analytics & Visualization

  • State of Connecticut: Cross Agency Data Sharing to Drive Value and Save Money
  • State of Illinois: Winning Against Tax Fraud with Data Analytics
  • State of Utah: Intergenerational Poverty Initiative Data Driven Solutions

Digital Government: Government to Business

  • State of Minnesota: Preparing for Emergencies: Medical PreCheck & Locator App
  • State of North Carolina: Improving Health Outcomes through the State Health Information Exchange
  • State of Tennessee: Rip, Replace, Revitalize! Project TR3

Digital Government: Government to Citizen

  • State of North Carolina: Women, Infants and Children Benefits in the Mobile Application Age
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Child Support Enforcement System (PACSES) and JobGateway Integration Initiative
  • State of Tennessee: TennCare Connect: A Multi-Channel Gateway Elevating the Member Experience 

Emerging & Innovative Technologies?

  • State of New Jersey: Integrated Drug Awareness Dashboard (IDAD)
  • State of Tennessee: Halt, Who Goes There? Tennessee’s Facial Recognition System (FRS) Project
  • State of Washington: Using UAS Technology in Collision and Crime Scene Reconstruction

Enterprise IT Management Initiatives

  • State of Arizona: Building the Governance Model
  • State of California: Examination and Certification Online System (ECOS)
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania IT and HR Shared Services Transformation

Information Communications Technology (ICT) Innovations?

  • State of California: Identification and Removal of Hazardous Materials During Wildfire Response
  • State of Georgia: Mobile Field Data Collection for Food Emergency Response
  • State of Oklahoma: Oklahoma Videoconferencing Solution Saves Time for Citizens and State Employees

State CIO Office Special Recognition

  • State of California: Licensing Medicinal Adult-Use Cannabis
  • State of Idaho: Instant Invoice Payments by Text Message and/or Email
  • ?State of Washington: Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System


Source: StateScoop