Washington wins national awards for IT projects

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Washington state received national recognition Wednesday for its innovative work employing IT solutions to better deliver government services to citizens.

Washington was honored with two State IT Recognition Awards from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). The awards were presented to the Washington State Patrol (WSP) for developing an online program to improve the tracking of sexual assault kits, and for its work to expedite the forensic mapping of collision and crime scenes using drones.

“This is an amazing achievement,” said James Weaver, Chief Information Officer for Washington state. “I would like to recognize and congratulate Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste and his team for their innovative work implementing information technology to address critical business problems. It is wonderful to see their accomplishments recognized at the national level.”

Representatives from WSP accepted the awards at the NASCIO conference in Nashville on Oct. 15. Washington was the only state to receive two NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards out of 10 categories, and from more than 130 submissions overall.

Washington state awards:

  • The WSP was recognized in the Emerging & Innovative Technologies category for an initiative that allows sexual assault victims to track their Sexual Assault Kit through the criminal justice process. The new system gives survivors the ability to anonymously access and track the location and status of their Sexual Assault Kit online. The tracking system provides start-to-finish inventory tracking to deliver accountability, transparency and information sharing among all stakeholders.
  • The state patrol also won the State CIO Office Special Recognition for its use of drones to expedite the forensic mapping of collision and crime scenes across Washington. The Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) program currently has over 90 trained pilots and a fleet of 110 UAS platforms statewide. The program has resulted in a 75% reduction in road closure time associated with collision reconstruction and has vastly improved the quality of forensic mapping capabilities.

For more information about the NASCIO awards and other winners, please see the organization’s news release.