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What Do the Best Government Websites of 2015 Have in Common?

Winning sites in the 2015 Best of the Web competition tend to use simple, high-image, low-text designs; prioritize accessibility and mobility; and start with a design philosophy that puts the user first.

2015 Digital Government Achievement Award Winners

Category: Government-to-business

  • Bexar County, Texas - Criminal District Attorney's eDiscovery System
  • Helping Delawareans Make Their Business First Steps
  • Kentucky Business One Stop Portal
  • New Zealand -’s Compliance Matters Tool for Small Businesses
  • Utah's Economic Development Map

Category: Government-to-citizen, local government

  • Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Calif. - Talking Transportation: Countywide Comprehensive Transportation Plan Online Engagement Tool
  • Lackawanna County, Pa. - Wireless Initiative
  • Miami-Dade County, Fla. - Property Search with Responsive Design, Quick and Mobile Access
  • Philadelphia, Pa. - Re-Imagining City CRM with Philly 311
  • County of San Diego - Online Home Owners Exemption (HOX)

Category: Government-to-citizen, state government

  • California Department of Health Care Services - Welltopia: A New Website for Californians
  • Indiana Unified Carrier Registration System
  • Ohio Treasurer's Office -
  • Pennsylvania’s Online Automated Child Abuse History Clearance Application
  • RI Unified Health Infrastructure Project (RI UHIP)
  • - Health and Human Service’s Self-Service Solution

Category: Government-to-government

  • California Highway Patrol - Sharing a Statewide Computer Aided Dispatch System
  • Iowa Property Tax Reform through “The LocalGovExchange” Web Portal 
  • Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Client and Asset Management System
  • NYC Department of Finance - Citywide Payments and Receivable Services
  • U.S. Government Publishing Office and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts - Increased Access to Federal Court Opinions
  • Utah Public Notice Website Social Media Integration

Category: Government internal

  • Arkansas Automated Online Filing System Helps Auditor Process 354 Percent More Claims
  • Hillsborough County, Fla. - Property Appraiser Desktop Review Process
  • City of Jacksonville, Fla. - Comprehensive Performance Management
  • Montana Safety Assessment Management Helping People Protect Kids

Category: Driving Digital Government, local government

  • Arlington, Mass. - Visual Budget
  • Atlanta, Ga. - The City's Smart Portal
  • Gilbert, Ariz. - Students Participate in App Resources and Knowledge (SPARK) App League
  • San Diego County Water Authority Dashboard of Key Indicators

Category: Driving Digital Government, state government

  • Arkansas Vehicle Registration Renewal iPad Kiosks Dramatically Reduce DMV Wait Time
  • California State Controllers’ Office - ByTheNumbers (BTN) Open Data Project
  • Indiana Management and Performance Hub

Category: Driving Digital Government, federal government

  • U.S. Department of Transportation - Motor Carriers Using the Pre-Employment Screening Program Improve Safety


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