NASCA established the Innovations in State Government Awards program to recognize state administration department programs and projects that exemplify best practices. This awards program will recognize one outstanding state government initiative in each the following categories:


  • General Services (procurement, fleet, mail, printing, supplies, surplus)
  • Infrastructure (facilities, construction, information technology, telecommunication)
  • Financial Management (risk management, accounting, state budget, state insurance, audit)
  • Personnel (human resources, professional development training)  


NASCA welcomes submissions from state government administration departments (i.e. NASCA's primary membership departments.) Submissions must be unique and governmental staff from the administration department must have played a significant role in developing the program or project.
  • State must be a paid member of NASCA
  • Submissions must be made by State Chief Administrators (or equivalent) or other state member with the State Chief Administrator's approval
  • Only one nomination per state is allowed in each category
  • A project can only be nominated in one category, not multiple categories
  • Nominated programs/projects should have occurred within the last 24 months
  • Only completed submissions will be accepted
  • Submissions will only be accepted online
  • Prior year submissions that have been updated can also be submitted


There will be three main criteria for the Innovations in State Government Awards:

  • Innovation: Unusual or unique approach, scale, or magnitude of effort; conceptual originality. This category should answer the question, “What makes this project stand out as a notable contribution in state administration?
  • Transferability: Primarily an external focus that assesses the practical ability by other states to replicate or use as a benchmark, considering expected resources required and generality of the legal or structural environment in which the entry was implemented
  • Efficiency Created: An internal focus that assesses the results of the project or initiative. The results can be measured in multiple ways included actual or potential cost savings or other efficiency created by this initiative. 


Submissions are closed.

Step 1: Step 2: Step 3:
Download a copy of the eligibility and guidelines
Download the application submission template
Submit your application


Past Recipients:


General Services  Infrastructure Financial Management Personnel
State of Arkansas
Government Transformation

 State of California
Hotel to Housing Conversion Framework
 State of Colorado
Procuring $1B in Goods and Services Through Invitations to Negotiate
State of Florida
Shared Savings Program
State of Missouri
Professional Development Transformation


General Services  Infrastructure Financial Management Personnel

State of California
 E-Signature for Acquisitions
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Energy Supply Procurement

Commonwealth of Virginia
 Information Technology Infrastructure
Sourcing Program (ITISP)
State of Michigan
Circumventing Risk with
Contract Management
State of Illinois
Hiring Optimization Initiative


General Services  Infrastructure Financial Management Personnel

State of Utah
On-Demand Motor Pool

State of California
OAH Secure e_file
State of Utah
Division of Risk Management
Workplace Safety Grant
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Shared Services Transformation
of Human Resources & Information
State of Tennessee
Strategic HR Service Delivery


General Services  Infrastructure Financial Management Personnel

State of Georgia
Amazon in Team Georgia

State of Kansas
Hosted/Managed Services
for Statewide Systems 
State of New York
Travel & Expense Share
State of Illinois
Rapid Results Initiative


General Services  Infrastructure Financial Management Personnel

State of North Carolina
Motor Fleet Management

State of Washington
Employee-Driven Eco-Friendly
Landscape Management Project
State of Wyoming
Validated Performance
Measurement Survey
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Commonwealth Next
Generation Initiative


General Services  Infrastructure Financial Management Personnel
State of Louisiana
State Procurement
Business Transformation

State of Tennessee
Facilities Management
State of Minnesota
MnSAFE - Safety Accountability
from Everyone
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Commonwealth Mentoring
Program (CMP)