State of Michigan Honored

The State of Michigan was honored with multiple awards for excellence in information technology at the annual awards ceremony for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) in Denver, Colorado. NASCIO selected 30 state technology initiatives in 10 categories as finalists for its 2011 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government.

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The State of Michigan was honored with multiple awards for excellence in information technology at the annual awards ceremony for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) in Denver, Colorado.  NASCIO selected 30 state technology initiatives in 10 categories as finalists for its 2011 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government.  Michigan was selected as the winner of five awards, more than any other state.

“Successful technology initiatives foster better government and provide value for money,” said Governor Rick Snyder.  “These award-winning projects are a great example of how we are putting technology to work to promote innovation and efficiency, which results in better service for taxpayers.”

Michigan’s award-winning programs included:

  1. In the category of Data Information and Knowledge Management, Michigan won for the “Department of Human Services (DHS) Decision Support System”.  The system enables nightly extraction of caseload information from the DHS eligibility determination and benefit issuance system (known as Bridges), and Michigan’s children services systems. This localized data is then used by management in the assignment of caseloads, and to build and maintain dashboard reports and outcome measurement reports specific to each county office, allowing for improved measurement of employee performance and client outcomes on a daily basis.http://www.nascio.org/awards/nominations2011/2011/2011MI2-data%20warehouse%20final.pdf
  2. In the category of Digital Government (Government to Business), Michigan won for “USAHerds Cattle Tracking – Protecting our Food Supply”.  The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) formed a multi-disciplined team of food experts, scientists, economic planners, animal experts and technologists to develop an aggressive strategy that includes information, communication and technology (ICT) solutions to help track down, contain, eradicate and prevent outbreaks of bovine TB in Michigan’s cattle industry.  This innovative, mobile solution uses Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID) and electronic readers to track cattle movement from the farm through the market to slaughter.   Instances of bovine TB can now be identified quickly, its occurrence traced to the source, and the disease eradicated with as little impact to surrounding herds as possible.http://www.nascio.org/awards/nominations2011/2011/2011MI3-Michigan%20NASCIO%20Govt%20to%20Business%20Protecting%20our%20Food%20Supply.pdf
  3. In the category of Enterprise IT Management, Michigan won for “Optimizing Government Technology Value: Establishing Enterprise Metrics to Ensure Operational Readiness and Business Availability”.  This project centered on the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget and the improved efforts for service delivery and monitoring technology services for operational readiness. http://www.nascio.org/awards/nominations2011/2011/2011MI5-2011%20NASCIO%20Government%20Technology%20Value%20Nomination%20final%206-1-2011.pdf
  4. In the category of Fast Track Solutions, Michigan won for the “MiCloud Automated Hosting Service”.  This project allowed for a rapid service transformation capability to address a broad range of fast-track issues through cloud computing. http://www.nascio.org/awards/nominations2011/2011/2011MI6-NASCIO%20Nomination%20-%20Michigan%20MiCloud%20AH%202011-05-31.pdf
  5. In the category of Information Communications Technology Innovations, Michigan won for the “Michigan Building Intelligence System”.  The Michigan Building Intelligence System (MI-BIS) is an innovative infrastructure for building operations, energy controls, and two-way communication which consolidates and enables remote monitoring and management of all HVAC, lighting, elevators, and energy metering into one smart computing and network-supported system. It empowers the State to monitor, navigate and optimize facility controls and real-time energy usage for buildings throughout the state from remote locations. This is the first full building automation integration system of its kind within state government.http://www.nascio.org/awards/nominations2011/2011/2011MI8-NASCIO%20Award%20App%202011%20%20MI-BIS.pdf

“These awards are recognition of the great partnerships and working relationships we have within Michigan government,” said John Nixon, Director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.  “This doesn’t happen without strong leadership and partnerships between all of our agencies.”

This marks the 23rd consecutive year that NASCIO has honored outstanding information technology achievements in the public sector.  Emphasis is placed on recognizing those information technology initiatives which exemplify best practices, support the public policy goals of state leaders, assist government officials in innovatively executing their duties, and provide cost-effective service to citizens.

“Awards are nice to receive and I appreciate the recognition from NASCIO,” said David Behen, Chief Information Officer for the State of Michigan, who was in Denver to accept the awards.  “But the real winners here are the citizens of Michigan, who get improved service from their state government and better value for their taxpayer dollar.”

Projects and initiatives from NASCIO member states, territories, and the District of Columbia were eligible for nomination, and finalists were selected by NASCIO’s Awards Committee from a field of more than 100 nominees.

“The NASCIO 2011 State Recognition Awards recognized the best practices of state IT initiatives across the nation,” said Brenda Decker, Nebraska chief information officer and co-chair for the NASCIO Awards Committee. “Congratulations to this year’s award finalists that provide a showcase of innovative projects across multiple states delivering on efficiency, proven results and positive changes for citizens.”

Jerry Fralick, North Carolina chief information officer and co-chair for the NASCIO Awards Committee said, “The award winners represent top state IT initiatives across the nation. The Awards Committee and NASCIO believe that these best practices should be shared for learning and implementation across government entities for increased efficiencies and services to citizens.”

In addition to the NASCIO awards, Michigan was also recently recognized by the Center for Digital Government in their “Best of the Web” awards as having one of the top ten state government web sites in the country at www.michigan.gov.

Further details about Michigan’s award-winning projects, as well as information about all the nominated projects, can be found on NASCIO’s website at www.nascio.org/awards.

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