Out of more than 120 nominees, 30 finalists in state government technology were selected for an innovation award from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). In recognition of successful IT initiatives covering 10 categories, NASCIO will soon award its 2012 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government. One finalist from each category will be invited to NASCIO’s annual conference to be honored for their achievements, the association announced Aug. 15.

“The NASCIO 2012 State Recognition Award nominations 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,” said Jack Doane, director of Alabama's Information Services Division and co-chair for the NASCIO Awards Committee. "Congratulations to this year’s award finalists that provided a showcase of innovative projects.”

Here are the awards finalists for 2012:

Cross-Boundary Collaboration

California: Public Employer Readiness Team

North Dakota: Legislative Assembly – LEGEND

Oregon: Oregon State Police mobility and e-ticketing

Data Information and Knowledge Management

California: Surveillance of animal diseases through an emerging threats identification system

Michigan: Reinventing government through analytics yields $1 million in financial benefits each business day

Ohio: Business intelligence

Digital Government to Business

Hawaii: Business registration mobile Web app

North Carolina: Pilot and implementation of the criminal discovery component of the Discovery Automation System

Pennsylvania: e-permitting

Digital Government to Citizen

California: CalVet mobile app

Michigan: MI-Bridges Self Service Portal

Virginia: myDMV account

Enterprise IT Management Initiatives

Minnesota: Moved from a distributed to a unified solution

Pennsylvania: Automated user provisioning

Wyoming: Moved the state to the cloud and is saving $1 million per year

Fast Track Solutions

California: Video Interact Project

Mississippi: Mobile website ms.gov

Tennessee: Driver Service Center self-service iPad kiosks

Improving State Operations

Idaho: WIC Information System Program (WISPr)

Kentucky: Human Resource Information System (KHRIS)

North Carolina: Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data Services (CJLEADS)

Information Communication Technology Innovations

California: California Mobile Development Program

Georgia: I-85 Express Lane project

Pennsylvania: PA Food Safety

Open Government Initiatives

Kansas: One Government Electronic Democracy System

Oregon: Stimulus Transparency and Accountability Tracking System

West Virginia: Transparency website

Cybersecurity

Arkansas: Transforming preparedness through technology

Michigan: Integrating cyber and physical security: ending the divide using a comprehensive approach to risk

North Carolina: Information security and continuity management - information sharing portal