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Thursday, September 24, 2020


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State of Colorado wins two 2020 Government Experience Awards


DENVER – Today, the state’s myColorado™ mobile app and Colorado Digital ID™ was selected as a Center for Digital Government (CDG) Government Experience Project Award winner, marking its third national honor received this month. The fourth annual Government Experience Awards recognize public sector jurisdictions and agencies that are transforming the government experience and delivery of citizen services. 


This year CDG also presented special COVID-19 Response awards to honor those agencies whose methods of response and assistance to employees and citizens in coping with the pandemic, and Colorado’s Public Health COVID HUB was among four other states that won in this category.


“Our state and local government winners this year demonstrated that focusing on the government experience provides a foundation that played a vital role in responding and adapting to the uncertainties and disruptions of 2020,” said Dustin Haisler, Chief Innovation Officer for the Center for Digital Government. 


Said Anthony Neal-Graves, Governor’s Office of Information Technology Interim Chief Information Officer & Executive Director, “These awards honor the collaboration of state agencies working together to make services readily available to Colorado residents, businesses and visitors. Colorado is truly on the forefront of using emerging technologies to improve users’ interactions with state government.”


As previously announced, Colorado Digital ID won the State IT Innovation of the Year StateScoop 50 Award and myColorado is a finalist for the National Association of Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) State IT Recognition Awards


Residents can download myColorado via the App Store and Google Play to access digital state services such as Colorado PEAK®, driver license renewal and 19 additional online DMV services, among many others.


Listed below are descriptions of the State of Colorado’s two award-winning nominations:


State Government Experience award: myColorado Mobile App and Colorado Digital ID

myColorado, State of Colorado’s Official Mobile App™, is an example of how digital technology has been used to transform the way residents engage with their state government, providing Coloradans a convenient and secure app to find official state services and resources from their mobile device, anytime and anywhere. myColorado is a collaborative project involving the Governor’s Office, Office of Information Technology (OIT), Department of Revenue (DOR), Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS). The Colorado Digital ID is a service within myColorado that enables Coloradans to create a secure electronic version of their driver license or state identification (ID) card that can be displayed on smartphones for proof of identity, age, and address within the state. Colorado is one of the first states to roll out a digital ID.


State Government Experience - COVID-19 Response award: Public Health COVID HUB 

To help the public quickly find information about the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA), in coordination with the Governor’s Office and Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) deployed an informational banner at the top of all state and local government websites (400+) in just three days. In addition, at the Governor’s request, SIPA and the State Portal Integrator rapidly developed and deployed two websites to support the timely and accurate dissemination of information about the status of the state’s response to the pandemic and flatten the curve of spread of the virus. 


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Find OIT online at Colorado.gov/OIT, and on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


About the Governor’s Office of Information Technology

The Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) is a dynamic organization responsible for the operation and delivery of information and communications technology services and driving innovation across Executive Branch agencies in the State of Colorado. OIT delivers smart technology solutions, provides quality customer service, and supports state agencies whose missions are critical to serving Coloradans. OIT oversees technology initiatives at the state level and recommends strategies to maximize efficiencies and offer cost-effective services through the application of enterprise technology solutions. The Office’s enterprise approach also enables the agile delivery of new applications to state agencies that improve the overall customer experience and citizen access to government services while increasing accountability and transparency.


OIT is also home to the Office of Information Security and the Colorado Broadband Office, and manages the Public Safety Communications Network which includes the Digital Trunked Radio System, a statewide wireless system that enables direct communications between first responders and agencies.


About SIPA

Created by Colorado Statute in 2004, the Statewide Internet Portal Authority (Colorado SIPA) is a self-funded government authority made to be Colorado's single most comprehensive delivery channel for eGovernment services. Colorado SIPA strives to accelerate the adoption of efficient and effective eGovernment services by helping governments put more information and services online to benefit the residents of Colorado. In addition to no-cost websites, payment processing, and event registration setup, SIPA provides SaaS technology solutions, consulting, and cyber security assessments. For more information about SIPA, please visit www.colorado.gov/sipa.


About the Center for Digital Government

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on

technology policy and best practices in state and local government. CDG is a division of

e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and

local government and education.