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The new Paid Family and Medical Leave program at the state’s Employment Security Department (ESD) won the national State Chief Information Officer Special Recognition Award through the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).
The awards are given annually to honor innovation and excellence in the use of information technology in state government. This year, the NASCIO Awards Committee selected 10 award recipients, including Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program, from among 30 finalists and over 90 total award nominations.
“We are incredibly honored to receive this well-deserved award, as the team successfully brought this essential program online in only 30 months from bill signing to benefits,” said ESD Commissioner, Suzi LeVine. “The program, shipped on-time and on-budget, experienced immediate high demand – demonstrating the need Washingtonians have to take critical time to care for themselves and their families in life’s most important and challenging times. The technology systems stood strong in the face of more than 10,000 people applying for benefits in the first two weeks alone!”
Since the launch of benefits on Jan. 1, 2020, Paid Family and Medical Leave has paid about $440 million to more than 72,000 Washingtonians. This far exceeded projections for 2020. Critical to that success was the technology. Not …
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