Virginia CIO Nelson Moe explained that the successful and diverse set of technology projects the state has developed during the last two years are the result of hard work across the organization, from cross-agency and cross-secretarial collaboration to a tech-friendly work culture at the most foundational levels of state government."The fundamental force behind it is all the agencies in the health and human services area use IT to enhance their services, while protecting their data in an appropriate manner," said Moe. In this case, the environment for success for them allows us to move forward with these different areas of focus, which is enhancing the services and protecting the data." Alongside Utah, Michigan has ranked at the top of the survey since 2004 and has now earned an A grade in four consecutive surveys.
In 2016, Michigan continues to serve as an exemplar of sound governance in state technology, led by Gov.
Rick Snyder's "River of Opportunity" initiative that promotes health and self-sufficiency for families not through the creation of new programs but by running government more efficiently.
Common trends among the A students were a strong focus on cybersecurity, shared services, cloud computing, IT staffing, budgeting and use of data.
But even among the best, there were those who stretched ahead even further to demonstrate to rest of the nation what best practices look like.
"Our Automated Traffic Signal Performance Metrics program …
enables us to do a lot of the timing functions a lot better, and one of the things we report on to the public is metrics like the percent of vehicles that are arriving on a green or red light, and how they're moving and how the traffic is flowing, so we've been able to significantly reduce the number of stops at red lights over a period of time that that's been in effect.
And the outlook suggested by the 2016 survey is as strong as one would expect given the financial growth of the gov tech sector and the public's increasing interest in civic participation.
No states received a D or F, and just eight states landed in the C grade range.
Missouri Highway Patrol's enhanced MO Automated Criminal History System fingerprint portal integrates with live-scan fingerprint devices, cross references fingerprint searches with iris scans and photos, and replaces a legacy system that was more than 10 years old.