The Center for Digital Government today announced this year’s awards to honor IT professionals and projects in California state and local government. Out of eighteen awards, the California Technology Agency won one for Green IT and another for IT Collaboration.

The agency’s Program Management Office (PMO) won in the category of Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations. The award recognizes the PMO’s leadership in a multi-agency, collaborative process to develop a new, comprehensive IT management and project oversight methodology that dramatically improves outcomes of the state’s $7 billion IT portfolio. Last December, the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) rated the PMO with the distinguished Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Maturity Level 3 designation.

The Office of Technology Services won a Green IT award for the Data Center Consolidation and Relocation Project, also known as the Cannery Move Project. The award recognizes the Technology Agency’s green IT leadership in closing the aging, inefficient Cannery Data Center complex and moving to an existing, LEED-Certified Tier III data center in Vacaville. The Cannery move reduced the carbon footprint to run data center operations by more than 70 percent, reduced data center square footage by 75,000, and avoided $40 million in one-time capital costs and $3.7 million in annual lease and utility costs while reducing the state’s vulnerability to disaster.

“Many of this year’s winning projects feature the automation of systems to ease budget cuts, accelerate processes and provide the public with a better experience,” said Center Executive Vice President Cathilea Robinett in a press release.

Read about all eighteen awards here on the Center for Digital Government’s website.

Mike Baker, David Nahigian, Megan Johnson, Christy Quinlan and Steve Rushing at the Best of California Ceremony on May 9, 2011