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2021 NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards Finalist
2021 NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards Finalist

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted recently announced that Ohio is a finalist for two State IT Recognition Awards, sponsored by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). The winners in each category will be announced at NASCIO’s annual conference on October 12.

The State IT Recognition Awards annually recognize innovation and excellence in the use of information technology in state government to address critical business problems, improve business processes and elevate the citizen experience. Ohio’s projects are among 30 finalists selected across 10 categories from over 100 nominations across the country.

“We are embracing innovation to help find solutions to real issues facing Ohioans, and improve their experience when interacting with state government,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “This recognition once again demonstrates that Ohio is at the forefront of State IT innovation.”

Ohio’s submission, Advancing Ohio Data Transparency and Access through the DataOhio Portal, is a finalist in the Digital Services: Government to Citizen category. Husted and InnovateOhio launched the DataOhio Portal  in December in partnership with the Ohio Department of Administrative Services Office of Information Technology’s InnovateOhio Platform. The public-facing portal contains some of the most-requested public and secure datasets, allowing for unprecedented transparency and access. The portal features more than 230 datasets and over 120 interactive visualizations to inform data-driven decision making for state agencies and their partners.

OH|ID Next Brings Power to the People is a finalist in the Cybersecurity category. By creating an OH|ID account, Ohioans and businesses can interact with multiple State agencies and access a variety of programs and services through a single account. OH|ID NEXT is the latest iteration of enhancements that prioritize self-service account tools and features for state agencies, citizens, and business users. Audience Manager, which was included in the release, provides agencies a simple, secure interface to manage user access and account permissions, allowing them to safeguard sites and applications by ensuring users only have access to the content they are authorized to see.

“Our administration continues to prioritize improving technology in government so we can better serve our customers – the people of Ohio,” said Lt. Governor Husted, Director of InnovateOhio. “NASCIO’s recognition of OH|ID and the DataOhio portal shows that we are leading on this effort and that these innovative technological enhancements are making a difference in the lives of Ohioans.”

For more information, read the recent NASCIO news release.