Utah.Gov Honored with Two National Awards

The Utah Department of Technology Services announced two Utah.Gov applications were recently recognized with government industry awards. 

The awards reflect the state’s dedication to providing useful services to the residents of Utah. Utah’s Fiscal Note System was chosen as one of 10 awards nationwide for Outstanding Information Technology Achievement in Government, and the Utah Hunting and Fishing Mobile Application was awarded for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology.

“We are extremely grateful to be recognized by such prestigious organizations," said Mark VanOrden, Chief Information Officer, Utah Department of Technology Services. "We strive to provide the very best technology for the residents of Utah and it helps to see efforts rewarded.”

The Awards Committee of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers recently completed its review of nominations for the 2015 State IT Recognition Awards and Utah Hunting and Fishing was one of four finalists selected for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in the Information Communications Technology (ICT) Innovations category.

Utah Hunting and Fishing is the mobile resource for wildlife events, licenses, permits, information, and for outdoor enthusiasts to communicate with the DWR. Hunters and anglers can download all current valid licenses and new licenses to their mobile device and display them for game wardens. From the application, users can view walk-in-access properties, report poachers, and check shooting hours. The application helps sportsmen identify wildlife, waterfowl, and fish species found in Utah.

“When organizations from within government industry identify the innovative solutions of our state agencies and partners,” said VanOrden, “It is validation of the superior collaborative work created by the technology professionals in the state of Utah.”

Utah’s Fiscal Note Agency Response System was also chosen to receive one of 10 awards from Government Computer News (GCN) for Outstanding Information Technology Achievement in Government. The GCN Awards recognize outstanding IT achievement in government and the degree to which a project has transformed an agency's ability to operate more efficiently, or serve the public more effectively.

The Utah Legislature’s Fiscal Note System automatically notifies agencies when the Legislature proposes a bill that changes laws applicable to that agency. It allows the agency to quickly review the bill and indicate whether or not the bill has a financial impact.

Utah.Gov websites and applications have earned 13 awards so far this year.