The National Association of Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has named 7 of California’s IT Initiatives as finalists for its 2013 State IT Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government. Over 120 nominations were submitted by states across the nation and only three finalists were selected for each of the 11 categories. One finalist in each category will be honored at NASCIO’s Annual Conference in October. With 7 finalists, California is the most recognized state in the nation.

The finalists for California are:

• State CIO Office Special Recognition Category: Department of Technology’s State of California GeoPortal is an innovative, intuitive tool that allows quick access to extensive geographic data. The GeoPortal is a comprehensive catalog of thousands of data sources from several government systems, streamlining access to government derived data. This solution brings together not only state derived data but also over 11,000 state, federal, local and tribal data sets.

• Information Communications Technology Innovations Category: Public Safety Communications Office Enhanced 911 Grant Project allows wireless 9-1-1 calls to be delivered to the correct Public Safety Answering Point communication center based upon the geographic coordinates of longitude and latitude of the wireless caller, which improves public safety and emergency response by reducing transfer times for wireless 9-1-1 calls.

• Data, Information and Knowledge Management Category: Public Safety Communications Office Enhanced Call Tracking System (ECaTS) collects and provides usable information which allows state, counties, and local Public Safety Answering Point communication centers to make the best use of their resources. This information can be used to deploy staff to cover the greatest number of calls, identify training needs, determine the best way to route emergency calls, and pinpoint trends to answer more 9-1-1 calls faster.

• Improving State Operations Category: Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Business Information System is the largest Enterprise Resource Planning Solution implemented in California’s Public Sector replacing hundreds of standalone databases, legacy systems and manual processes with an integrated, proven solution for achieving operational efficiencies. The Business Information System streamlined administrative processes, including financial, supply chain, and human resource management and provides more efficient, automated business processes, as well as real-time reporting.

• Cross Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships Category: California’s Secretary of State partnered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and 58 state counties to launch the California Online Voter Registration system which enables California citizens to register to vote over the internet.

• Digital Government – Government to Business Category: Board of Equalization’s Electronic Services Expansion Project provides direct online services for California businesses via the internet, streamlining government operations and improving program delivery.

• Open Government Initiatives Category: Secretary of State’s California Election Results Website is a scalable web environment utilizing innovative cloud technology to provide real time election results to meet the demands of the business user, media clients, and the general public who are interested in election statistics and information.

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.