The National Association of Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has named 5 of California’s IT Initiatives as Finalists for the 2012 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government.   With 5 finalists, California is the most recognized state in the nation.

The finalists for California are:

  • Digital Government to Citizen:  California Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ CalVET Mobile Application provides critical information and services to veterans to help them meet the challenges of returning from war though a mobile application with robust functionality to connect vets to services.
  • Cross-Boundary Collaboration:  CalPERS’ Public Employment Readiness Team (PERT) outreach project was created to foster collaboration with more than 3,125 business partners with diverse interests and capabilities and to ensure that the voice of the customer was heard in the design, development and preparations to create commitment, enthusiasm, and readiness for the change needed to implement the my|CalPERS project.
  • Data Information and Knowledge Management: California Department of Food and Agricultures’ Surveillance of Animal Diseases through an Emerging Threats Identification System enables data sharing between the Emerging Threats Application and many external users to respond to emerging threats to food production and processing.
  • Fast Track Solutions:  California Department of Food and Agricultures’ Video Interact Project (VIP) set up statewide videoconferencing in several offices using inexpensive and available technology and resources.  It allowed the state to do more with less in a very short period of time.
  • Information Communications Technology Innovations:  California Technology Agency’s California Mobile Development Program developed a mobile template allowing departments and agencies to develop a web-based mobile application in just a few hours that works across different device platforms.

These initiatives were selected from over 120 other nominations submitted by states across the nation.  Three finalists were selected for each of 10 categories.  One finalist in each category will be honored at NASCIO’s Annual Conference in October for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government.

About NASCIO: The National Association of State Chief Information Officers is the premier network and resource for state CIOs and a leading advocate for technology policy at all levels of government. NASCIO represents state chief information officers and information technology executives from the states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The primary state government members are senior officials who have executive level and statewide responsibility for information technology leadership. For more information about NASCIO visit