Ceremony highlighted the transformative impact of 21 state government technology projects
Winners of the third annual Arkansas Digital Government Transformation Awards were recognized Friday, September 6 during a ceremony and banquet held in their honor at the DoubleTree Hotel in Downtown Little Rock. This annual event hosted by the Information Network of Arkansas (INA) recognizes the achievements of Arkansas government offices that have used technology to drive innovation and make positive, measurable change in the state.
More than 125 state government leaders and public servants attended the event to accept honors.
INA opened the awards program for nominations from all state government offices in June. More than twenty state government projects were submitted, and nominations were evaluated by the INA Board, the Secretary of State, the Division of Information Systems director, the Secretary of Transformation and Shared Services, and Governor Asa Hutchinson. These individuals chose the winners and finalists in each category and presented them with awards at the event.
“I’m proud of our state and local leaders for embracing technology and transforming the way they conduct business and serve Arkansans,” said Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. “This year’s nominees continue to impress by their innovative ideas, creativity, and determination to make their agencies more efficient and responsive. The lives of Arkansans are easier because of these award-winning initiatives that make government more accessible.”
The 2019 Arkansas Digital Government Transformation Award winners in each category include:
Business Service Award - Recognizes government offices that have used technology to provide improved service to businesses.
● Finalist - Arkansas Division of Environmental Quality: Tire Accountability Program (TAP) Electronic Manifest App
● Winner - Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing: Total Agency Transformation Program
Citizen Service Award - Recognizes government offices that have used technology to provide improved service to citizens.
● Finalist - Arkansas Community Correction: The Good Grid
● Winner - Arkansas Department of Transformation and Shared Services, Division of Information Systems: Arkansas State Network Broadband Ethernet Upgrade
Efficiency Award - Recognizes government offices that have used technology to drive down costs or make more efficient use of agency resources.
● Finalist - Arkansas Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Office: Municipal Boundary and Annexation Program
● Winner - Arkansas Senate: Live Streaming of all Arkansas Senate Chamber proceedings and Senate Committee Meetings
Digital Pioneer Award - Recognizes government offices that have used the latest technologies to drive innovation and positive change.
● Finalist - Arkansas State Police: Driver’s Practice Exam Mobile App, Website, and Alexa, Google Home Voice App
● Winner - Arkansas Drug Director’s Office: NARCANsas Mobile App
Lawmaker Award - Recognizes legislators who have paved the way for government transformation.
● Winner - Representative Andy Davis: Transformation Legislation Act 910
● Winner - Senator Bart Hester: Transformation Legislation Act 910
Governor’s Digital Transformation Award - Recognizes government offices that have used technology to make the greatest impact on Arkansans, whether through improved service, lowered costs, or new service channels.
● Finalist - Arkansas Department of Human Services: Peer Recovery Program
● Winner - Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA): MyDMV.arkansas.gov Website and Marketing Campaign
The Arkansas Digital Government Transformation Awards are sponsored by the Arkansas Information Consortium (AIC), an NIC, Inc. company, in partnership with the Information Network of Arkansas Board, the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office, the Division of Information Systems, and the Arkansas Office of Transformation.