California Ranks Fifth in National Digital Government Competition

State Technology Update - September 17, 2008

The Center for Digital Government announced today that it ranked California fifth out of 50 states in its biennial Digital State Survey.  This prestigious competition is a comprehensive study that examines best practices, policies, and progress made by state governments in their use of digital technologies to better serve their citizens and streamline operations.  California climbed from the 16th rank in 2006 and previously had not ranked within the top 20.

“It is an honor to be ranked among the top five digital states in this important survey.  I would like to congratulate all those who continue to make California's information technology programs excel, and I am so pleased that our talented and hard working technology professionals are receiving recognition for their efforts,” said Teri Takai, California’s Chief Information Officer.   “This award demonstrates that we are leading the way in providing access to government information and services to benefit the people of this state.” 

The Center for Digital Government’s Digital States survey is the nation’s only continuous study of state government’s use of IT in services to residents.  The purpose of the survey is to:

  • Identify and document how states are using technology to transform service delivery and internal operations;
  • Identify emerging or best practices as they are used by states themselves; and
  • Recognize those states that use technology to provide a high level of service to their residents and provide a model for other jurisdictions.

In August, California won third place in the Center for Digital Government's national "Best of the Web" competition.   California’s Office of Systems Integration (OSI) also won the Digital Government Achievement Award for its management of large IT projects.

Last month, the Brookings Institution's annual State and Federal Electronic Government in the United States report ranked California fourth overall out of 50 states.  In this study, the State climbed the ranks for the past several years, rising from 47 in 2005.

California has also been named as a finalist for five national Information Technology awards by the National Association of Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). The final results will be announced later this month.

Media Contact: Bill Maile (916) 549-2845

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