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Best of the Web & Digital Government Achievement Awards 2016 - Winners Announced

The Center for Digital Government announced winners of its Best of the Web (BOW) and Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA), honoring city, county, and state innovative and citizen-centric websites and applications from all levels of government.

September 1, 2016 - The Center for Digital Government announces the winners of the 2016 Best of the Web (BOW) and Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA). 

Now in its 20th anniversary year, the annual Best of the Web (BOW) awards recognize city, county and state governments for their work to engage citizens online while also providing them with cutting-edge Web services.

The Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA) highlight outstanding agency and department websites and applications. Awards were presented in seven categories this year. 

“Government websites have changed a lot over the past 20 years and so have citizen expectations,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government.  “This year’s winners are well positioned to take up the challenge of a new era and lead the impending transformation toward more integrated, anticipatory and personalized electronic services.”    


State Portal Category:

1st Place: State of Maryland

2nd Place: State of Utah

3rd Place: State of Mississippi

4th Place: State of Texas

5th Place: State of Indiana

5th Place: State of Nebraska


State of California

State of Iowa

State of Michigan

State of Rhode Island

County Portal Category:

1st Place: Baltimore County, Md.         

2nd Place: Stanislaus County, Calif.

3rd Place: Anne Arundel County, Md.       

4th Place: Oakland County, MIch.

5th Place: City and County of San Francisco, Calif.


Bexar County, Texas

County of San Diego, Calif.

Hamilton County, Ind.

James City County, Va.

Travis County, Texas

City Portal Category:

1st Place: City and County of Denver, Colo.

2nd Place: City of San Diego, Calif.

3rd Place: City of Hayward, Calif.

4th Place: City of Tampa, Fla.

5th Place: City of Louisville, Ky.


City of Anaheim, Calif.

City of Durham, N.C.

City of Fort Collins, Colo.

City of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

City of Long Beach, Calif.

For the story on the winners, click here.


The Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA), which are presented along with the Best of the Web Awards, highlight outstanding agency and department websites and apps. More than 30 DGAA awards were presented in seven categories this year and included Tamarac, Fla.’s Gift Card Program, which raises awareness and funds for city services, as well as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Aero App, which provides safety-of-flight data and tools to U.S. military pilots, crews and mission planners.

Government-to-business category

California Department of Insurance’s Portal Solution

Delaware Child Care Provider Self-Service Mobile Application

Maryland Business Express (MBE) Application

Mississippi Business Online Filing System

New Hampshire Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) E-Assessment Processing

Government-to-citizen Local government category

Alameda County, Calif.  Permit Portal

Boulder County, Colo. - Client Engagement Portal

City of Long Beach, Calif. - Alert Long Beach

OpenSF - San Francisco Open Source-based Mobile Platform

City of Tamarac, Fla. - Gift Card Program

Government-to-citizen State and Federal government category

California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) MyFTB Application Connecting Florida with Health Care Information

Illinois Student Assistance Commission - ISAC Student Portal

New York State Senate Public Website -

United States Department of Commerce - Commerce Data Usability Project

Government-to-government category

Alameda County, Calif. - Regional Renewable Energy Procurement Project (R-REP)

Indiana – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IN-ISAC)

Los Angeles Countywide Integrated Pest Management Program Website

New York State Vehicle Marketplace

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency - Aero App: Electronic Flight Bag for Military Pilots

Government internal category

California - Personal Duress Alarm System Implementation at California State Hospitals

Sacramento County, Calif. - Service Management and Reporting Tool (SMART)

U.S. Department of the Navy (DON) TRACKER (Tasking, Records, & Consolidated Knowledge Enterprise Repository)

Driving Digital Government Local government category

Austin, Texas - Fire Department Recruiting

Charlottesville, Va. - Public Safety Smoke Alarm Project

New York City Department of Education - NYC Schools Account Application

Sacramento County, Calif. - Civic Technology Outreach - Hack4Sac

County of San Diego, Calif. - County Constituent Relationship Management (CCRM)

Driving Digital Government State government category

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation - Employee Health and Safety Program

Hawaii Vital Records Ordering and Tracking System 

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions - Improper Payment Prevention Initiative

Utah Watershed Restoration Initiative


The Center thanks Accela, ATT, Deloitte, Dell EMC, NIC, Nutanix, SHI, Symantec, Verint, Veritas, and Verizon, underwriters of the 2016 contest and awards program. 

About the Center for Digital Government |

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. 

The Center is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

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