California technology leaders and projects honored by Center for Digital Government

The Best of California Awards program was established to honor IT professionals and projects in California state and local government and education organizations for their outstanding contributions, dedication and hard work.

The annual awards recognize excellence in contributions and distinction in the information technology arena. Eighteen of California’s top technology projects and leaders from state and local governments were commended by the Center for Digital Government, a division of e.Republic, to be the recipients of its esteemed 2011 Best of California awards.

“Reducing costs while improving service to constituents is not only a hallmark of good government, but is the very essence of the Best of California awards,” said Center Executive Vice President Cathilea Robinett. “Many of this year’s winning projects feature the automation of systems to ease budget cuts, accelerate processes and provide the public with a better experience. These award winners demonstrate the determination of California agencies to continue to create efficiencies and be innovative with technology despite limited financial resources. Congratulations to the winners!”

The winners are selected by a panel of state and local government chief information officers/judges based on a set of criteria, including collaboration between agencies, innovative use of technology, performance, economic benefits and improvement of services to citizens and government employees. The winners will be honored at the 2011 Best of California awards ceremony held in Sacramento on May 9.

Demonstrated Leadership in Management of Information Technology

Cathy Cleek, Chief Information Officer, California Franchise Tax Board

Demonstrated Excellence in Project Management

Joseph Shiuan, Project Manager, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

Best Application Serving an Agency’s Business Needs

Air Resources Board Equipment Registration System (ARBER), CA Environmental Protection Agency - CA Air Resources Board

California Courts Protective Order Registry, Judicial Council of California - Administrative Office of the Courts

Cal-LIMS Project, CA Department of Public Health

The Automated Collection Enhancement System (ACES), CA Employment Development Department

Best Application Serving the Public

Automated License Data System Project (ALDS), CA Department of Fish and Game

My Waterworks Account Manager (MyWAM), Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

Public Inmate Locator: Improving Public Service, CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Website Infrastructure (WSI) Project – Online Driver History Record, CA Department of Motor Vehicles

Best In-House Developed Application

“DMV Now” Application for iPhone and Android, CA Department of Motor Vehicles

POST Course Catalog and Compliance Dashboard, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training

The Green IT Award

Board of Equalization E-Filing Transition Project, CA State Board of Equalization

Data Center Consolidation and Relocation Project, CA Technology Agency

Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations

Improving Outcomes and Collaboration through Process Improvement, CA Technology Agency

Justice Electronic Library System, San Diego County Technology Office

Best Wireless Project

Crystal Cove EduGator, CA Department of Parks and Recreation

Most Innovative Use of Technology

E-Commerce Portal Infrastructure (EPI), CA Franchise Tax Board

For more information, please contact Janet Grenslitt, Surveys and Awards Director,