Public agencies and leaders in California will be honored for their outstanding information technology (IT) innovations and contributions to the region by the Center for Digital Government at its 2006 Best of California awards program on Nov. 13 in Sacramento.

"The Center is pleased to recognize an impressive and varied body of work by California's public sector IT community this year. This year's Best of California reflects the convergence of high-tech and high-touch." says Paul W. Taylor, chief strategy officer for the Center for Digital Government. "The state has used digital technologies for kids' sake - one winner helps administer social safety net programs for children and another extends educational experiences to schools that would otherwise be out of reach. Another winner addresses the serious business of bringing comfort and assistance to Californians living with AIDS, while still others help make communities safer through technology-assisted tracking of parolees and improving communications among people who have been victims of crime. A final group of winners make government operations better - some are internal and others untether public servants so they can work close to constituents where they are most needed through the use of secure, remote technologies. It has been a very good year."

2006 marks the sixth year that the Center, a division of e.Republic, Inc., has recognized the dedication to craft and commitment to public service in California's public sector IT community.

Winners in each category of the 2006 Best of California awards program are:

LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Demonstrated Leadership in Management of Information Technology:

Dianne Koelzer, Project Director and Carlos Zamarripa, Deputy Project Director, California Child Support Automation System (CCSAS)

City of Petaluma Information Technology Department

Demonstrated Leadership in Solving Business and Policy Problems through Technology

ARIES (AIDS Regional Information & Evaluation System) Project Team, Office of AIDS, California Department of Health Services

Demonstrated Excellence in Project Delivery:

Ventura County CalWIN (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Information Network)Implementation Team

Demonstrated Excellence in Project Delivery:

Nick Macchione, Deputy Director, Health & Human Services Agency, County of San Diego

Demonstrated Leadership in Rapid Project Delivery:

Office of Information Systems Telecommunications Team, California Department of Consumer Affairs

Notebook Encryption Project Team, California Department of Health Services

Demonstrated Excellence in IT Operations, Support and Service

Enterprise Desktop Management Service Team, California Department of Health Services

PROJECT EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Best Application Serving Organization Business Objectives:

Next Wave ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Migration Project, California Department of Water Resources

CalParole Tracking System, Division of Adult Parole Operations, California Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

Client Management & Administration System (CM&AS), CPS (Cooperative Personnel Services) Human Resource Services

Best Application Serving the Public:

Correspondence, Storage, Tracking and Response System (CSTAR), California Department of Justice

Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) Part D Program, California Department of Health Services

Best Application Serving Multiple Jurisdictions or Organizations within a Jurisdiction:

California State Intelligence Index (CSII), Division of Law Enforcement, Criminal Intelligence Bureau, California Department of Justice, and the Los Angeles County Regional Criminal Information Clearinghouse (LACRCIC)

ARIES (AIDS Regional Information & Evaluation System) Project, Office of AIDS, California Department of Health Services

Most Innovative Use of Technology:

San Diego County Mobile Remote Workforce (MRW) Project, Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), County of San Diego

PORTS (Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students) ROVing Otter (undersea, remotely-operated vehicle) and Crystal Cove Mesh Network, California Department of Parks and Recreation