California organizations honor innovation with awards

California organizations honor innovation with awards

By: Jonathan Bennett

Government Technology and The Center for Digital Government teamed up to present the 2013 Best of California Awards, which honor the programs and innovations used to revamp public technology throughout the state. In an Aug. 21 ceremony, several individuals and groups were given recognition awards for their work in the IT sector. 

"This year the Best of California award winners really focused on the fundamental business of government: public safety, health and human services, and streamlining regulation," said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. "They showed us that they are using technology to make complicated processes faster, easier and cheaper, and that improves things for both employees and citizens." 

San Diego County Child Support was applauded for switching to a legal paperless system to streamline its operations. Applications relating to California Online Voter Registration and an automated testing system from the Department of Motor Vehicles were also cited for their advantages, which help both individual agencies and the general public.  

In addition to organizations, several individuals received custom awards for the work they do with technology. For example, Chris Cruz, the deputy director of the California Department of Health Care Services, was recognized for his efforts to streamline statewide health services with the award for Demonstrated Leadership in Management of Information Technology.