Indiana earns further recognition for use of digital technology

Today, the Center for Digital Government (CDG) announced that the State of Indiana has earned an overall “A-” grade from for use of digital technology “to improve service delivery, increase capacity and reach policy goals.” As part of the assessment, which graded all 50 states, Indiana received “Top 5” designations in the areas of Finance and Administration (1st place), Enterprise Information and Communications Technology (2nd), Health and Human Services (3rd) and Citizen Engagement (3rd).

“We are fully committed to putting the latest digital technologies to work for Hoosier taxpayers,” said Chief Information Officer Dewand Neely, who oversees the Indiana Office of Technology. “Indiana is a leader in applying technology in the smartest and most efficient ways possible.”

Since assuming office in 2013, Gov. Mike Pence has communicated a vision of a data-driven state government that makes maximum use of IT resources and other technology, Neely said.

“Agency leaders have embraced this vision,” Neely said. “The result is better government for citizens, which in turn produces the kind of recognition we have received from the CDG.”

The state’s achievements come on the heels of two other technology awards from the CDG in 2016 – a “Best of the Web” award for the IN.gov website and a Digital Government Achievement Award for the Indiana Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IN-ISAC), a cybersecurity venture.

For 19 years, the CDG has helped benchmark all 50 state governments’ use of digital technologies, conducting a bi-annual survey designed to highlight best and emerging practices that can be shared across state borders. In 2014, Indiana received a “B+.”

See this year’s full list of state rankings at, http://www.govtech.com/computing/Digital-States-2016.html

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