The Innovation in State Government Awards recognizes state administration department programs, projects, and initiatives that exemplify leading practices in the industry. 


Nominations will be reviewed for eligibility and alignment with the category. The nominator will be notified of any concerns with the submission.

  • State must be a current member of NASCA
  • Submissions must be made by State Chief Administrators (or equivalent) or other state member with the State Chief Administrator's approval
  • Nominated programs/projects should have implemented within the last 24 months
  • Projects may be led by other agencies/departments, but staff from the administration department must have played a significant role in developing the program or project. (ex: HHS stockpile redesign, Department of Corrections recruitment and retention initiative)
  • Only one nomination per state is allowed in each category, not multiple categories. Contact [email protected] if you need help on the category selection
  • A state may only be recognized as the award winner in two categories, the two highest scoring projects will be selected
  • Only completed submissions will be accepted
  • Submissions will only be accepted online
  • Prior year submissions that were not awarded and have been updated can also be submitted

2022 Categories:

  • Acquisition, Supply Chain, and Stockpiles
  • Customer Service & Experience
  • Digital Services, Data Management, Analytics & Visualization
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Procurement
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workforce
  • Employee Engagement and Experience (includes Strategic Workforce Planning)
  • Transformation
  • Workspace Optimization Initiatives

 2023 Categories TBD

Judging Criteria:

Applicants will use a NASCA template that includes an executive summary and narrative of each of the following judging criteria. Visual aids are encouraged and may be included as supplemental material, but scores will be based on the written submission. More details in the Awards Information Packet on each criteria:

  • Innovation: Project Goals/Objectives (25%)
  • Strategy/Tactics (25%)
  • Impact: Success Metrics/Outcomes and Efficiencies Achieved (50%)

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Deadline: TBD 2023

How to Nominate:

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Awards Information Packet
Download Submission Template


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Access 2021 - 2022 award submissions on our Knowledge Center

Access 2015 - 2020 award submissions on our Knowledge Center