Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett announced
today that four state IT projects have been selected as finalists by the
National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) for its 2014
past 26 years, NASCIO has recognized states whose information technology
initiatives exemplify best practices, support the public policy goals of state
leaders, assist government officials in innovatively executing their duties and
provide cost effective service to citizens.
The projects by the Office of Administration, Department of Public Welfare and
PennDOT were among 33 finalists selected from over 100 nominations.
Winners in 11 categories will be announced at NASCIO’s annual conference this
is at the forefront of leveraging technology to transform state government
operations to reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve service,” said Gov.
Corbett. “These innovative projects are just a few examples of the changes that
have taken place over the past three and a half years to make government work
better for Pennsylvania.”
Pennsylvania finalists are:
of Public Welfare – Automated Text Messaging for Child Support Communications
The automated text messaging system is used to send reminders for upcoming
appointments, missed payments, and other events related to child support
enforcement. Previously, parents would receive phone calls with a recorded
message, a system that was becoming increasingly costly and ineffective. Using
texts, DPW doubled the success rate of its communications and increased monthly
child support collections by $1 million per month.
PennDOT – Posted and Bonded (Weight Restricted) Roads Mobile App
This mobile application allows PennDOT road inspectors to capture road
conditions and update the information in real time using tablet computers.
Previously, paper-based road survey reports were prepared and data was manually
entered into a system, a process that was time-intensive and increased the
opportunity for errors. The efficiencies created by mobile application have
allowed PennDOT to lower the rate that heavy haulers must pay to use
weight-restricted roads and resulted in an annual savings of over $500,000.
of Administration – Portal Storm Exercise
comprehensive cyber security/business continuity exercise brought together
agency leaders, information technology staff, program managers, continuity
planners and others to examine on the potential effects of a fictional
cyber-attack that causes their websites to be unavailable. Rather than focusing
on how the IT department responds to the incident, this exercise targeted how
agencies would continue to provide information and services during the attack.
A significant number of agencies identified alternate procedures for their most
of Administration – IT Central
This secure portal
has transformed communication and collaboration among the commonwealth’s 2,000
IT employees. IT Central includes a centralized application inventory,
maintenance calendars for large computer systems, strategic plans,
announcements, and discussion boards to share lessons learned and best
practices. The site is also a venue to showcase specific agency IT
projects and recognize employees. All content on IT Central is logically
organized and accessible via keyword search.
To learn more about the awards and view all of the finalists, visit www.nascio.org/awards/2014awards/.
contact: Dan Egan,
Office of Administration, 717-772-4237