Photo: Dr. David M. Carlisle (center), M.D., Ph. D, director of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, accepts one of two awards OSHPD received during the awards ceremony.  

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 dedication, hard work and contributions.

Sixteen of California's top technology projects and leaders from state and local governments were recently selected by the Center for Digital Government, a division of e.Republic, to be the recipients of its esteemed 2008 Best of California awards. The annual awards recognize superior contributions and distinction in the information technology arena.

"This year's winners showcase outstanding technological innovation and business efficiecancies," said Cathilea Robinett, executive vice-president for the Center for Digital Government. "California public sector IT, both state and local programs, are tackling and solving transportation, health administration, food systems, emergency operations and sustainability issues. We congratulate them for their hard work and success!"

The winners are selected by a panel of judges based on a set of criteria, including collaboration between agencies, innovative use of technology, and improvement of services to citizens or government employees. The winners will be honored at the 2008 Best of California awards ceremony and gala held in Sacramento on December 3.

Leadership Awards:

Leadership in Solving Business and Policy Problems through Technology

J. Clark Kelso, Receiver; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Leadership in Management of Information Technology

Patrick C. Perry, Vice Chancellor of Technology, Research, and Information Systems; California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

Excellence in Project Delivery

Beth L. Tripp, Director, Business Advancement Program; Department Manager, Operations Training & Support; San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District

Excellence in IT Operations, Support and Service

IT and Strategic Planning Department; Otay Water District

Leadership in Solving Business and Policy Problems through Security Technology

Mike Nguyen, Deputy Director/ Chief Information Officer; California Department of Health Care Services

Project Excellence Awards:

Best Application Serving Organization Business Objectives

City Services Request Tracking System; Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

System for Fair Price Hospital Reporting; California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

Geospatial Innovation Award

Triaging Healthcare Facilities for Emergency Operations; California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

Best Application Serving the Public

Interstate 15 Managed Reversible Lane Control System Expansion; Caltrans District 11

Customer Service Center; Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Service

Audio Version - California Driver License Handbook 2008; California Department of Motor Vehicles Business & Transportation Agency

Best Application Serving Multiple Jurisdictions

Direct Certification of Eligibility for School Meals; California Department of Education

Leafy Greens Tracking System/Audit Verification Checklist; California Department of Food and Agriculture

Most Innovative Use of Technology

Light Brown Apple Moth Calendaring System; California Department of Food and Agriculture

Election Equipment Tracking with RFID; Alameda County Information Technology Department

The Green IT Award

The DOJ Green Office; California Department of Justice