The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) recognized 10 outstanding IT initiatives in state government Monday, Sept. 27, at the organization’s annual conference held this year in Miami.

One recipient each in 10 categories was chosen. “These projects demonstrate that states strive to support the public policy goals of state leaders, provide cost-effective service to citizens and make available solutions that are transferable to other agencies or units of government,” NASCIO announced.

An awards committee of judges from NASCIO’s state and corporate members picked the 2010 award finalists. Submissions from all 130 nominees are posted at NASCIO.  Winners in each category were:

Cross Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships Arkansas’ Universal Financial Aid Management System

Data, Information and Knowledge Management

Pennsylvania’s Child Support Portal

Digital Government: Government to Business

Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles’ Vehicle Information Database

Digital Government: Government to Citizen

California’s C-IV: Providing Californians Accurate and Efficient Access to Health and Social Service Benefits

Digital Government: Government to Government

Virginia’s Laboratory Information Management System

Enterprise IT Management Initiatives

Utah’s Cloud Infrastructure

Improving State Operations

Illinois’ Data Center Server Consolidation and Virtualization Project

Information Communications Technology Innovations

Pennsylvania’s STARNet

Open Government Initiatives

Minnesota’s “What’s in My Neighborhood?” Website Redesign Project

Risk Management Initiatives

Michigan’s Government Cloud Protection Program: Disaster Recovery Services Transformed for the Perfect Storm

In a separate award, NASCIO recognized Nebraska CIO Brenda Decker with the organization’s Meritorious Service Award.The recognition honors leadership in state government and dedication to NASCIO’s mission.

Decker became Nebraska’s CIO in 2005, and has worked in Nebraska state government for more than 30 years. She is a past recipient of Government Technology magazine’s Top 25: Doers, Dreamers and Drivers annual award.

She has served on numerous NASCIO committees the past five years, and will serve as secretary-treasurer for NASCIO’s Executive Committee for 2010 to 2011.

Under Decker’s leadership, Nebraska has consolidated its technology in state government, including a consolidation and merger of numerous e-mail systems that brought more than 15,500 e-mail accounts on at least 20 separate platforms onto a single, centrally managed network for more than 50 state agencies, boards and commissions, according to NASCIO.

“Brenda’s leadership, practicality, creativity and enthusiasm have been essential in our efforts to integrate new technology and to streamline the operation of state government,” Nebraska governor Dave Heineman said in a statement. “Since becoming CIO, she has led projects that unified state e-mail systems, worked with private providers to expand Nebraska’s network capabilities and centralized management of the state’s many technology projects. Brenda’s commitment to collaboration is helping Nebraska take the final steps in completing a statewide radio network for first responders and state agencies. Her work continues to exceed my expectations. We are very fortunate to have her as part of our team.”