Information Technology Awards
The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo) which identifies best technology practices among U.S. counties ranked Fairfax County at first place in the 2015 Digital Counties Survey as an adaptive IT leader, collaborator and arbiter of the public trust. The annual survey recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. Fairfax County was the top winner in the 500,000 or more population category, where notable programs included the county’s big data and open data initiatives, transparent budgeting process, NCRnet interoperability portal which includes identity management and data exchange, a comprehensive IT strategic plan, disaster recovery and resiliency strategies and technology governance. Winners were chosen based on their understanding of the transformational value of technology and those that had made the investments needed to improve services and efficiency across all facets of their organizations.
Fairfax County won the prestigious 2014 Governor’s Technology Award at COVITS (Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium) in two categories: “IT as an Efficiency Driver -Government to Citizen” for “Paying Taxes using your Smartphone Mobile Applications, and Tax Bill QR Codes” and “Cross-Boundary Collaboration” for “National Capital Region Identity and Access Management Service (IAMS)”. Winners in their respective categories were determined by a panel of 12 state, county, city and education judges.
“Paying Taxes using Smartphone Mobile Applications and Tax Bill QR Codes” support Fairfax County's continuing mobile initiative. Multiple Department of Tax Administration's (DTA) applications were made accessible via the Fairfax County mobile app. The Car Tax "mobile" and Real Estate "mobile" applications allow Fairfax County residents to pay their taxes safely and securely using a credit /debit card or an electronic check – wirelessly via a smartphone. Department of Information Technology also coordinated the effort to print and display QR codes on DTA's Car Tax bills and Real Estate bills, and thousands of mobile payment transactions are already being received and processed successfully during the Car Tax and Real Estate Tax seasons. In addition, a new Tax Evader mobile app now allows county residents and DTA tax compliance staff to instantly report the out-of-state license plate for any vehicle suspected of being permanently parked in the County. The official Fairfax County Government mobile app is available to download for free on Apple’s iTunes store, Google Play store as well as from links through the County website.
The National Capital Region “Identity and Access Management Service (IAMS)” is an interoperable, authentication service providing secure access to applications and data for 50,000 authorized end users in the National Capital Region (NCR), which includes thirteen (13) localities in Northern Virginia supporting public safety and emergency response functions. IAMS integrates existing, independent data repositories using accepted industry protocols to allow end users to present one identifier (e.g. email address) and password, managed by their respective organization, to access regional applications and data. IAMS also supports registration by users external to the localities such as state and federal entities. This shared service effectively eliminates the need for applications to manage individual sets of usernames, passwords, and potentially permissions. Additional applications are in the pipeline, and the capability can also be made available to appropriate state and federal entities.
Fairfax County was ranked among America's top five in the 2014 Digital Counties Survey by The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo) which recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. Winners were chosen based on their best practices and effective uses of technology to better serve their communities. Fairfax County received third place honors in the competition for jurisdictions with populations of 500,000 or greater for governance and management practices, innovations and overall significance to excellence in public service.
The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo) ranked Fairfax County among America's top five in the 2013 Digital Counties Survey which recognizes leading examples of counties using information and communications technology and chose winners that overcame tough fiscal barriers to improve government services and efficiency. Fairfax County received third place honors in the competition for jurisdictions with populations of 500,000 or greater for finding ways to provide better information security, transparency, and citizen engagement with innovative uses of social media and advanced decision support tools.
Fairfax County was among 11 winners throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia selected in the VACo (Virginia Association of Counties) 2012 Achievement Awards Program for "Court Technology Model: Coordinated County and Courts" project. The VACo Achievement Awards is a competitive program open to local government members of the association. Held annually, it recognizes local government programs in awards criteria that include innovation, cooperation and model practices. Courtroom Technology Division of DIT supporting the courtroom operations for the three courts (Circuit, General District and, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court (JDRC) successfully implemented this best practice technology model for Fairfax County judiciary system.
Fairfax County was ranked as the best in the nation in the 2012 Digital Counties Survey which recognizes leading examples of counties using information and communications technology by The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo). Fairfax County received first place honors in the competition for jurisdictions with populations of 500,000 or greater. The Digital Counties Survey evaluates localities on their ability to demonstrate successful outcomes through the strategic use of technology. Winning jurisdictions aligned goals with strategy, showed measurable benefits and improvement over the prior year, utilized innovative solutions, and demonstrated a commitment to collaboration.
Public Technology Institute (PTI ) recognized Fairfax County for Significant Achievement for Mobile Applications: "Government in the Palm of Your Hands" in 2011/2012 Technology Solutions Award. An independent panel of judges has identified the winners of PTI's 2011–2012 Technology Solutions Awards for their efforts to use technology to improve government service. Awards were presented at the 2012 CIO Leadership & Summit East in Boston.
Fairfax County won the prestigious 2011 Governor’s COVITS (Commonwealth of Virginia IT Symposium) award in the "Innovation in Local Government" category for: "Placing Government in the Palm of Your Hand" that represented the mobile applications DIT has developed over the last year in recognition of the explosive growth in mobile technology. Fairfax County places government in the palm of constituent’s hands with the introduction of a portfolio of mobile apps enhancing the public’s experience with information and services on mobile devices like iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry. The official Fairfax County Government mobile app is available to download for free on Apple’s iTunes store, Android Market as well as from links through the County website.
For enabling faster resource deployment during emergency response, Fairfax County has received the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) "Best of NIEM" Award from the Department of Homeland Security. The award recognizes the county’s work on a Northern Virginia CAD2CAD project.CAD2CAD, the enhanced system for regional computer-aided dispatch (CAD), allows sharing of data and dispatch status among 9-1-1 call centers in Fairfax County, city of Fairfax, city of Alexandria and Arlington County. Since going live in February 2010, the enhanced system has decreased emergency response time up to 50 percent across the participating jurisdictions.
The Center for Digital Government ranked Fairfax County website as one of the finalist in the 2011 Best of Web Awards. Best of Web (BOW) recognizes outstanding government portals and websites based on innovation, functionality and efficiency.
The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo) ranked Fairfax County among America's top five in the 2011 Digital Counties Survey which recognizes leading examples of counties using information and communications technology. Fairfax County received fifth place honors in the competition for jurisdictions with populations of 500,000 or greater.
Intergraph ICON Award recognized Fairfax County for a multi-agency collaborative effort between the Department of Information Technology and Fairfax County public safety agencies for successful implementation of a new Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and related public safety systems as part of the Public Safety Architecture Modernization Project. The project was initiated and enabled through the County’s IT Governance model and managed by the County’s Department of Information Technology.
Public Technology Institute (PTI ) Web 2.0 State and Local Government Awards for Excellence - Fairfax County was just one of the four counties being honored with the prestigious Web 2.0 State and Local Government Awards for Excellence along with other city and state governments.The awards recognized innovative use of Web 2.0 applications and social media tools to engage citizens, improve efficiency and increase accountability.
Wanda Gibson, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) was nominated as a finalist for 2011 prestigious Women in Technology Leadership Award sponsored by the Women in Technology Organization.
Industry Green IT AwardDepartment of Information Technology was among this year's InfoWorld Green 15 winners! Each year, InfoWorld recognizes the 15 most innovative sustainable IT initiatives worldwide. Fairfax County was recognized for successful IT Infrastructure and power management projects that decreased the county’s carbon footprint, achieved enterprise wide IT efficiencies and cost savings.