Michigan Recognized for Technology Excellence: The state of Michigan was honored with multiple awards for excellence in information technology at the annual awards ceremony for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers in Denver, Colo. NASCIO selected 30 state technology initiatives in 10 categories as finalists for its 2011 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government. Michigan was selected as the winner of five awards, more than any other state. In the category of Data Information and Knowledge Management, Michigan won for the “Department of Human Services Decision Support System.” The system enables nightly extraction of caseload information from the DHS eligibility determination and benefit issuance system (known as Bridges), and Michigan’s children services systems. In the category of Digital Government (Government to Business), Michigan won for “USAHerds Cattle Tracking – Protecting our Food Supply.” The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development formed a multi-disciplined team of food experts, scientists, economic planners, animal experts and technologists to develop an aggressive strategy that includes information, communication and technology solutions to help track down, contain, eradicate and prevent outbreaks of bovine TB in Michigan’s cattle industry. In the category of Enterprise IT Management, Michigan won for “Optimizing Government Technology Value: Establishing Enterprise Metrics to Ensure Operational Readiness and Business Availability.” This project centered on the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget and the improved efforts for service delivery and monitoring technology services for operational readiness. In the category of Fast Track Solutions, Michigan won for the “MiCloud Automated Hosting Service.” This project allowed for a rapid service transformation capability to address a broad range of fast-track issues through cloud computing. In the category of Information Communications Technology Innovations, Michigan won for the “Michigan Building Intelligence System.” The Michigan Building Intelligence System is an innovative infrastructure for building operations, energy controls, and two-way communication which consolidates and enables remote monitoring and management of all HVAC, lighting, elevators, and energy metering into one smart computing and network-supported system. In addition to the NASCIO awards, Michigan was also recently recognized by the Center for Digital Government in their “Best of the Web” awards as having one of the top ten state government web sites in the country at www.michigan.gov. Further details about Michigan’s award-winning projects, as well as information about all the nominated projects, can be found at www.nascio.org/awards.