LANSING – Michigan took two top honors in the annual state IT awards competition sponsored by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. The state’s efforts to assemble and train a corps of volunteer civilians to assist in cyber emergencies and its development of a mobile resource to inventory Michigan’s forests were chosen as award recipients. Projects to improve Michigan State Police analytics and to establish a single login identity for users of multiple online resources were recognized as finalists.
Awards were presentedOct. 2, at NASCIO’s annual conference. The competition honors states that demonstrate innovation and excellence in the use of information technology. More than one hundred entries from 31 states and the District of Columbia were considered in the 2017 competition
“It’s gratifying to have our hard work recognized by our peers,” said David L. DeVries, director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget and the state’s CIO. “Improving and expanding technology to serve residents and streamline services is one of Gov. Rick Snyder’s top priorities. Likewise, our DTMB staff members are committed to providing Michiganders with exceptional service, employing ever-increasing online and mobile access to citizen services.”
The recognition of the Cyber Civilian Corps reinforces Michigan’s collaborative and proactive approach to defending cyber resources. These partnerships include creation of the Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3) and work with the Merit Network to establish the Michigan Cyber Range at public universities and National Guard installations.
Michigan provides more than 300 e-services that enable customers to do business with the state anytime, anywhere, and on any device. Gov. Snyder and the Legislature recognize IT’s important role. Michigan remains focused on upgrading legacy capabilities to ensure resilience and security in the face of an ever-changing adversary and simplifying the delivery of services to citizens.
NASCIO is an association representing state chief information officers and IT executives from the states, territories and the District of Columbia. It fosters government excellence through quality business practices, information management and technology policy.
More information about Michigan’s projects are posted at nascio.org on its awards and recognition page.