Just as a school teacher roots for his students, the Center for Digital Government is hopeful every two years that each respondent to its Digital States Survey will astound with reports of their technological feats.
Though a competition of sorts, the Digital States Survey is more a showcase of state government's collective technology portfolio.
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The Virginia Department of Health's Web portal gives users an avenue to easily research health issues and connect with providers.
A mobile app helps locals find healthy restaurants and farmers markets, while the formation of three city-level coalitions supports the Department of Transportation's mission to make the city safer for walkers, cyclers and motorists.
And the outlook suggested by the 2016 survey is as strong as one would expect given the financial growth of the gov tech sector and the public's increasing interest in civic participation.
No states received a D or F, and just eight states landed in the C grade range.
Jay Nixon's office, but also to a tech-centric culture that runs throughout state departments, explained Missouri Acting CIO Richard Kliethermes.
"I think it's the value of the partnership that we have with the highway patrol and their IT organization in that we are communicating, we are collaborating from the perspective of what can we assist with versus can they help us out," Kliethermes said.
Common trends among the A students were a strong focus on cybersecurity, shared services, cloud computing, IT staffing, budgeting and use of data.
But even among the best, there were those who stretched ahead even further to demonstrate to rest of the nation what best practices look like.
A private cloud enables partner agencies to access database-as-a-service, graphical information system, and licensing and permitting, while imagery collected through the Michigan Statewide Authoritative Imagery & Li DAR (Mi SAIL) program is shared across the 29 counties to the tune of million in savings.
The state stays abreast of cutting-edge technological developments, too, equipping within the past two years an increasing number of state assets with sensors for integration with the Internet of Things, including assets by state police, transportation and environmental departments.
Strong cross-agency integration and data-driven systems launched across behavioral health, aging and rehabilitation and learning management enable new operational possibilities for the state.