For Immediate Release:
September 19, 2016
Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, (804) 225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia IT Ranking Improves to “A” in National 2016 Digital Survey
RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe today announced Virginia has received an “A” ranking for its use of information technology (IT) across state government in the national 2016 Digital States Survey. The commonwealth was one of only five states to receive the top ranking.
The grade of A reflects a state that is trending sharply up with results across all survey categories, the use of IT modernization to realize operational efficiencies and strategic priorities, meaningful collaboration, and performance measures and metrics that are widely adopted. Results were announced in conjunction with the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) annual conference and published online by the Center for Digital Government.
“This ‘A’ ranking reflects the Commonwealth’s commitment to use IT more efficiently and effectively to improve the services we offer our citizens, businesses and visitors,” Gov. McAuliffe said. “If we are going to build a new Virginia economy, we need smart and efficient government that promotes growth at every opportunity. I am proud of the work our team has done to strengthen our information technology systems, which continue to lead the nation on key issues like cyber security.”
The comprehensive survey, conducted in even-numbered years by the Center for Digital Government, includes a review of IT projects across state agencies and their impact on services.
“Attaining an ‘A’ ranking on the Digital States for the first time is a significant accomplishment” said Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson. “Our team is to be commended for the hard work and diligence they have shown to advance the commonwealth’s standing in key areas such as cybersecurity, shared services, cloud computing, and use of data.
In addition to the A ranking, Virginia is recognized as a “Top 5” state for its exemplary work in support of health and human services (first place), adaptive leadership (third place), enterprise information and communications technology (third place) and finance and administration (fifth place).
Virginia’s ranking improved from an “A-” in the 2014 survey.
Review the survey results here: http://www.govtech.com/computing/Digital-States-2016.html