Four state projects - two from the OCIO - submitted to 2018 NASCIO awards

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Four Washington state technology projects – including two from WaTech's Office of the Chief Information Officer - were submitted this month to the annual awards competition sponsored by the National Association of Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).

The NASCIO awards program honors innovation in the use of information technology. Nominations are solicited from states for “transformational projects and initiatives that address critical business problems, improve business processes and increase citizen engagement in state government.” 

One of the nominations from the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) was for its Technology Business Management (TBM) program. While TBM was first launched in 2011, it experienced a major “reboot” in 2016 that more closely aligned technology investments in 44 state agencies through a consolidated system mapped to a common, industry-based taxonomy. The result is a better reporting system that streamlines the state’s overall ability to track investments in technology.

A second OCIO project, submitted through its Privacy and Data Protection program, highlights a collaborative project the office did with California to develop a curriculum for libraries. The project called “Data for Main Street: Bringing Open Data Home through Local Libraries,” is now in use in 26 libraries across the two states. The curriculum is said to increase citizen engagement and promote economic growth in government by “providing anonymous but expert and detailed insights into what government data citizens most want and need.”

Also submitted to NASCIO was a new consumer-driven support tool, Smart Planfinder, developed by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (WAHBE). Smart Planfinder helps consumers of the WAHBE-administered Qualified Health Plan more skillfully identify and sign up for coverage that meets their individual needs.

A fourth project submission by Central Washington University, called Central’s Academic Planning System (CAPS+) supports the university’s efforts to attract, engage, retain and graduate students through an automated degree planning process.

Nominations for the projects were submitted in late May. Finalists will be announced in early August. Award winners are typically named in early fall.