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Nominations Open For 2007 NASCIO Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in IT

For the 19th consecutive year, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will honor outstanding information technology achievements in the public sector through its Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology.

Successful information technology initiatives in state government deserve to be highlighted and shared in order to promote innovation, foster better government and engage citizens. Emphasis is placed on recognizing those information technology initiatives that exemplify best practices, support the public policy goals of state leaders, assist government officials to innovatively execute their duties, and provide cost-effective service to citizens.

Awards will be given in the following 10 categories:

  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
    This category addresses IT initiatives related to continuity of government operations that make states better prepared for major incidents such as natural or man-made disasters, pandemic flu and major infrastructure failures. Whether through planning methodologies, management information systems, infrastructure protection, security systems or recovery mechanisms, IT initiatives may enable government business to recover from security attacks, disasters, equipment failures or acts of terrorism. 
  • Cross-Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships
    This category addresses coordinating, sharing, integrating or joining up of IT-related goals and strategies; governance and management; policies; architecture and standards; business processes; data and information; systems and applications; services; technologies; and infrastructure. Collaboration or partnerships must involve a public entity and may include collaboration with other public groups, higher education institutions, private or not-for-profit sectors. 
  • Data, Information and Knowledge Management
    This category addresses strategies, processes, applications, solutions, initiatives or programs that process or create data, information, knowledge and intellectual value, property or capital. Examples may include data and information architecture; data warehouses/data marts; data mining; repositories; analytics; business intelligence; data and information integration; metadata and master data management; knowledge management; information life-cycle management; data quality; and supporting and developing the knowledge worker and workplace. 
  • Digital Government: Government-to-Business (G-to-B)
    For innovative applications that foster reduced cost to business for regulatory compliance; setting up and growing a business; and day-to-day government-to-business interactions. Examples include innovative portal services, one-stop solutions, provisions for transparent transactions, registering, compliance tracking, notifications, automating licensing, permitting, reporting, payment, procurement and similar services. 
  • Digital Government: Government-to-Citizen (G-to-C)
    For governmental applications that provide innovative service to citizens or increase government’s efficiency with citizen interaction. Acceptable submissions include any type of electronic interface and may demonstrate self-service portal applications, personalization, subscription or notification features. 
  • Digital Government: Government-to-Government (G-to-G)
    For digital government initiatives aimed at enhancing intergovernmental collaboration, cross-jurisdictional services and intergovernmental transaction processing. Examples include state government-wide information systems, integrated justice systems, health information systems, multi-state systems sharing, information sharing, geographic information systems and similar services that leverage a common solution across two or more federal, state or local governments. 
  • Enterprise IT Management Initiatives
    This category represents state initiatives to completely plan, organize and execute enterprise-wide initiatives. Focus areas should be on solutions that employ policies, best practices and processes for enterprise change management, workforce development, governance or transformation. 
  • Information Communications Technology (ICT) Innovations
    This award category covers initiatives or services to promote economic development, interoperability and improve quality of life. This may be accomplished by facilitating or providing communications capabilities that enable state government to operate more efficiently and effectively or offer more innovative, responsive and personalized services to citizens. 
  • Information Security and Privacy
    This award category encompasses both IT security and privacy as strategic initiatives. Nominations should be initiatives designed to improve the security and/or privacy posture of state government. 
  • IT Project and Portfolio Management
    For state initiatives that have developed a framework, governance processes, policies and systems for the efficient management of IT investments from concept, funding, implementation, operation to retirement. 

Only one nomination per category is accepted from each state, so state agencies and corporate members that would like to nominate a Kentucky project should work with the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) to coordinate their submission.  Initial nominations should be submitted to COT by May 18, 2007 in order to ensure no duplicates are submitted to NASCIO.  Final nominations must be submitted to NASCIO in electronic form and must be received no later than June 6, 2007.  The winning submissions will be selected by NASCIO over the summer and will be announced in the fall.

For more information, contact Rob Trimble, executive director of the COT Office of Enterprise Policy and Project Management, at 502-564-1635, or visit


Last Updated 4/13/2007