Connecticut was recognized as having one of the top state governments in the nation for information technology systems in a recent survey by the Center for Digital Government.
Every two years, the national research and advisory institute evaluates state governments’ information technology systems and best practices. This year, Connecticut received an A-, compared with a C in 2012.
“For too long, Connecticut’s state government information technology infrastructure was severely behind the curve, causing inefficiencies that cost taxpayers money and time,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a press release announcing the ranking. “We are by no means where we want to be just yet, but we are seeing results. Permits that used to take weeks to complete now take days, and we are able to better serve the people of Connecticut while spending less taxpayer money.”
The state’s advancements in IT were partially attributed to the creation of the Information Technology Capital Investment Fund, which provides money for multiagency technology projects to improve efficiency. Twenty-four projects have received funding so far.
Connecticut joined seven other states this year that received an A: Michigan, Missouri, Utah, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The letter grades are based on performance across criteria including cost savings, progress since the last survey, innovation, collaboration and the priority states put on IT. States receiving grades in the A range are “trending sharply up,” according to the survey, while states with C grades are stable and states with F grades are trending sharply down.