SOURCE: e.Republic


May 31, 2012 12:00 ET

Information Technology Vision, Innovation and Dedication Celebrated at Government Technology Conference

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - May 31, 2012) - e.Republic's Center for Digital Government honored public leaders and agencies for their work in information technology (IT) at the 2012 Best of California awards ceremony held during the Government Technology Conference (GTC) West.

The Best of California awards program recognizes public sector professionals and local government organizations for their dedication and contributions to IT in California. Winners are selected by a panel of judges based on a number of criteria, including collaboration among agencies, innovative use of technology, economic benefits and bettering services and business processes.

New in 2012, the Best of California People's Choice Application Contest highlights the best applications in two categories: those developed by city, county and state government entities and those developed by private industry in service to government. Winners were voted on and chosen by GTC West attendees.

"The awards reflect the vision, innovation and accomplishments of California government IT leaders," said Todd Sander, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government. "New technologies and use of mobile devices and social media are improving government interaction with citizens, delivery of services, and sharing of information. The Center enthusiastically recognizes the excellence and inspirational achievements of all the winners."

Also announced were the IT Hall of Fame and Vision and Innovation Awards presented by the State of California at GTC West's Executive Reception. The IT Hall of Fame Awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the people of California in the field of public sector information technology through an accomplished career in the public sector, private sector or both. In its inaugural year, the IT Hall of Fame inductees are Russ Bohart, David Lema and Steve Kolodney.

The Vision and Innovation Award is presented annually to the public servant who has shown relentless, tireless leadership and dedication to serving the citizens of the State of California This year's winner is George Valverde - Director of the California Department of Transportation.

Congratulations to all of this year's winners.

Best of California Awards:

Demonstrated Leadership in Management of Information Technology
Harold Tuck, Chief Information Officer
County of San Diego

Demonstrated Excellence in Project Management
Karen Ruiz, Pension System Resumption Project Director
California Public Employees Retirement System

Best Application Serving an Agency's Business Needs

  • Accessibility Assessment Solution, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Integrated Justice Information System (IJIS), San Joaquin County Information Systems Division

Best Application Serving the Public

  • MyFTB Account for Businesses, California Franchise Tax Board
  • Redlands311, City of Redlands

Best IT Collaboration among Organizations
Routing on Empirical Data (RED) Project, California Technology Agency

Best In-House Developed Application
Online Water Ordering System (OWOS), San Diego County Water Authority

Best Mobile/Wireless Project
Mobile Device Management (MDM), California Department of Health Care Services

Most Innovative Use of Social Media
DMV Social Media, California Department of Motor Vehicles

The Green IT Award

  • Cloud Applications for Local Sustainability Programs, City of Thousand Oaks Public Works
  • Data Center Retrofitting and Modernization Project (RaMP), California Technology Agency

Best of California People's Choice Awards:

Best Public-Sector App
Enhanced Healthcare Associated Infections Recording System, California Department of Public Health

Best Private-Sector App
"Where are the Jobs?" by Symsoft Solutions

Additionally, 26 Outstanding IT Service and Support Awards were presented to those dedicated to California Public Service. For these awardees, visit

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. See

The Center for Digital Government is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation. See