NC receives B for state government technology

Madeline Gray—North State Journal
Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Information and Technology Keith Werner

RALEIGH — North Carolina received a “B+” for its state government technology performance on Monday. The B+ is the highest grade North Carolina has received from the bi-annual Digital States Survey since 2010. Center for Digital Government gathered the data based on a survey. The B grade indicates states that are trending up, compared to A grades that are cited as trending sharply up. Nine other states received a B+. In 2014, North Carolina earned a C+ grade. “North Carolina is expanding its innovation efforts through programs like the Innovation Center where agencies can test tech, and taking a wide view of the Internet of Things by not only exploring its uses in different public settings, but also helping local governments find ways to implement it,” the report says.The Digital States Survey looks at “use of technology to improve service delivery, increase capacity, streamline operations and reach policy goals and assigns each state a grade based on quantifiable results.””I’m extremely proud of all that we’ve accomplished over the past two years,” N.C. Chief Information Officer and Department of Information Technology Secretary Keith Werner stated. “Gov. Pat McCrory believes that technology is the key to modernizing state government. We’ve made great strides in improving the way we deliver services to the citizens of North Carolina, and it’s an honor to have that work recognized by the Center for Digital Government.”The state also received a top five ranking for citizen engagement.