RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A program that recognizes public sector information technology projects improving government service delivery and efficiency is now accepting entries.
Governor Ralph Northam announced on Monday the entry period has opened for the 2019 Governor's Technology Awards.
"Virginia is committed to using technology to improve the efficiency of government, enhance the quality of service to our citizens, and ensure public dollars are spent effectively," he said. "This program allows us to showcase public sector innovation for the benefit of all Virginians."
State agencies, counties, cities, towns, K-12 schools, public universities and other public sector entities can submit entries to the program.
There are nine categories and submissions should focus on improvements in government through the strategic use of IT.
The categories are: Cross-boundary collaboration on IT service delivery initiatives, IT as efficiency driver - government to citizen, IT as efficiency driver - government to business, IT as efficiency driver - government to government, Innovative use of technology in local government, Innovative use of technology in education, Innovative use of data and analytics, Best cybersecurity initiative, and Best citizen portal.
Collaborative entries involving multiple public bodies are also encouraged.
Any project that is entered must be currently in practice and have quantifiable outcomes, but projects may not be submitted to multiple categories.
Projects that have previously won cannot be resubmitted.
And each public body can only submit one project per category.
All nominations will then be evaluated by IT leaders from state agencies, localities, the General Assembly, the courts, and educators.
Entries must be submitted by July 11 and the awards will be presented during the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium in September.
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