The Center for Digital Government  recently announced the winners of the Digital Government Achievement awards, which are given to highlight outstanding agency and department websites and IT solutions. California state and local governments led the pack with more than 30% of the total awards given in this year’s competition. Three California local government projects and 10 state government projects won or received honorable mention.

State government wins included:

  • The California Courts Protective Order Registry, which was developed by the Administrative Office of the Courts in partnership with courts and law enforcement partners across the state, provides a single statewide repository for restraining and protective orders in domestic violence cases and cases involving violent crime. This enhances the safety of victims and law enforcement personnel across California. 
  • The California Web refresh Effort: This California Technology Agency project utilized a collaborative strategy to develop and implement a consistent look and feel for visitors to California’s web portal. The project involved staff from the California Technology Agency and other state agencies across California to improve usability, accessibility, transparency and availability of data. The portal was recognized in 2010 as the winner of the Best of the Web competition. 
  • The Data Center Consolidation and Relocation Project, which consolidated workloads at the old Cannery Data Center to other data centers run by the Office of Technology Services. The consolidation reduced data center square footage by 75,000 feet, avoiding $40 million in one-time costs, and reducing ongoing utility and lease costs by $3.7 million annually while helping the state lead in green IT.

 These recent awards are further recognition that California’s IT program is on the right track. California’s public sector continues to use technology to better protect Californians and improve their quality of life while reducing our environmental impact and improving the efficiency of state government.

Paul Benedetto, Deputy Secretary for Operations, is attending an event today, September 16, 2011, to accept the awards won by the Technology Agency.