NASCIO Recognizes Washington for Outstanding Achievements in State IT

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OLYMPIA – The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) selected three Washington state technology initiatives as finalists for the State IT Recognition Awards.

The state of Washington awards finalists in the 2015 NASCIO program are:

  • Digital Government to Citizens (G2C) WA State Department of Revenue: Customer-Focused Service Enhancements to Online Tax Filing System

  • Emerging & Innovative Technologies WA State Department of Enterprise Services: COBOL to Cloud – Transparent, Real-Time Change Detection and Data Exchange from On-Premises Legacy Mainframe Systems to Software as a Service

  • Special CIO Recognition Award WA State Office of the Chief Information Officer: Prioritization of Information Technology Budget Requests

The three Washington state initiatives are among 44 finalists in 11 categories selected by the NASCIO Awards Committee from more than 100 nominees. One initiative per category will be announced as the award recipient at the upcoming NASCIO Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, this October. The prestigious NASCIO awards program, now in its 27th consecutive year, honors outstanding information technology achievements in the public sector. 

“Being a NASCIO finalist is a tremendous honor. The NASCIO awards program helps us do something in IT we want to get better at: celebrate our successes,” said Washington State CIO, Michael Cockrill. “I’m extremely proud of the teams behind these initiatives that have risen to the national IT stage. Their commitment to innovate and achieve outstanding results is inspiring. We want inspiration to go viral in the Washington state IT community.” 

“All of the nominations exemplify the vital, and often unsung roles IT plays in state government. The judges have a tough job in narrowing them down,” said James Collins, NASCIO Awards Committee co-chair and CIO of the state of Delaware.

To ensure states can access the innovations and best practices of their peers, details about all nominated projects are posted at

Additional nominees from the state of Washington in the 2015 NASCIO awards program are:

  • Digital Government to Business (G2B) WA State Liquor Control Board: Licensing and Tracking Recreational Marijuana
  • Improving State Operations WA State Department of Ecology: An EAGL Takes Flight: Implementation of a Comprehensive Grant Management System
  • Open Government and Data, Information and Knowledge Management WA State Department of Ecology: Presenting the Lakeshore Ecosystem: Environmental Data for Washington Lakes

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers is the premiere network for state CIOs and a leading advocate for technology policy at all levels of government. 

About WaTech
Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech) is "the consolidated technology services agency" (RCW 43.105.006) charged with enabling public agencies to better serve the people of Washington State. WaTech operates the state's core technology infrastructure--the central network and data center; supports enterprise applications; and, innovates services and practices. Additionally, the agency is charged with preparing and leading the implementation of a strategic direction and enterprise architecture for information technology for state government. 

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