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2018 Excellence in Information Technology Practices Awards Now Open for Applications

Sunday, July 8, 2018  
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Annually, MISAC presents the Excellence in Information Technology Awards to agencies that demonstrate outstanding practices in municipal information technology. Application submissions for the 2018 awards are now being accepted and will remain open until Friday, August 10.


“The Excellence in Information Technology Awards require a substantial amount of effort to apply, but they are a great opportunity for agencies to audit their information technology operation,” said Tim Williamsen, MISAC President and City of Petaluma Information Technology Manager. “As agencies complete the application, they are likely to gain insights of significant value to their organization’s IT operation and receiving the award is validation by their peers, that, yes, they are doing things well!”  


The Excellence in Information Technology Awards application is designed to completely audit the agency’s information technology practices. To apply for an award, agencies must complete a rigorous 113-question application. The questionnaire assesses the agency’s strengths across 11 categories including:


  • Budget and Strategic Planning
  • Purchasing
  • Operations and Staffing
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Internet
  • Project Management and Application Development
  • Professional Development and Training
  • Disaster Preparation and Recovery
  • Security
  • GIS
  • Base Level Services

There are multiple questions for each category in the application. Applicants are expected to provide support materials as necessary. It is not expected that every agency will be able to complete every question on the application because not every question will apply to every organization.


Applications are submitted to and evaluated by MISAC’s Awards Committee.


“Once again,” says Williamsen, “Mitch Cochran, long time IS manager in Monrovia and now IT director in San Bernardino, is the Awards Committee Chair, and we’re very glad he is.”


The application fee is $100 and MISAC membership is required to submit an application. New agencies may participate in this year’s awards program by submitting a membership application along with the award’s application.


To submit an application for the 2018 Excellence in Information Technology Awards, please click here.


Interested in evaluating submittals? Williamsen recommends contacting Cochran. “If you want to participate, which is a rewarding and educational opportunity, in and of itself,” he says, “you can take advantage of a real hidden benefit of MISAC membership.”

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