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Information Technology Award Programs

MISAC now offers 5 award and recognition programs.

  • Excellence in IT Practices
  • Quality in IT Practices
  • Graphical Information
  • Innovation Award
  • Presidents

Excellence in IT Practices Award

The Excellence in IT Practices Award is intended to foster and recognize outstanding governance and operation practices. The program has two levels, Achievement and the higher level of Excellence. The submission and evaluation process requires the submission of a detailed questionnaire that examines the practices across ten different subject areas. The submission requires not only a direct response to the question but also any backup material that might be appropriate. The submission is evaluated and feedback given by a panel of three IT Directors. It can be a great deal of effort but it will also give you a complete audit of your operation. Some agencies have used the results to support requests for additional resources. For either award level, a MISAC member can present the award to the agency leadership at a board or council meeting. There is an evaluation handbook available that describes what the responses are graded against.


Quality in IT Practices Award

The Quality Award program is a subset of the Excellence program and is not as rigorous of a process. It covers similar concepts but doesn't go into as much depth as the Excellence program.  Applying for the Quality Award is recommended for every member agency. The application process is done via an online survey.  The survey and payment need to be completed by September 30.


The application fee for the Excellence Award is $100 and the application fee for the Quality Award is $25. If paying by check, please make it payable to "MISAC" and submit it to the address shown below. If paying electronically, please follow these links for Excellence or Quality.

Checks may be submitted to:
950 Glenn Drive, Suite 150
Folsom, CA  95630

Graphical Information Award

The Graphical Information Award is intended to recognize excellence in creating and displaying graphical information. The submissions can be GIS or map based but they can also be network diagrams or other types of materials. There is no required theme. The judging is done by your peers and it based on how well you get your intended message across.

For further information on the program please contact Mitch Cochran (626-932-5561 or


Innovation Award

The Innovation Award will recognize the outstanding efforts and innovative solutions by an agency. Has your agency done something to improve services, processes, products or elevate productivity? Big or small, new or doing something different, simple or complex – has it achieved a positive and impactful result in your organization. As a government agency we all are faced with many challenges: tight budgets, silo thinking, lack of desire to change -- what has your organization done to change for the better.

The intent is that the submission can be on any topic related to your Agency and identify IT involvement. The rating criteria include:

- The impact of the problem/challenges and how well it is outlined

- The innovativeness of the solution

- The quality of the results achieved


The inaugural winner (2011/2012) was the City of Beverly Hills. They implemented and are hosting a video conference training system that will be used by 30 different Fire Departments in Los Angeles County.


President's Award

The President's Award is intended to provide recognition for an individual or organization that has shown an outstanding contribution to MISAC or the Information Technology field. The award can recognize a special project, a department or a person for their achievements. The recipient does not have to be a MISAC member. The award will be presented at the annual conference.

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