North Dakota received an “Honorable Mention” for its Large Information Technology Project Collaboration from the 2013 National Association of Procurement Officials George Cronin Award for Procurement Excellence. The award nomination recognized the Governor’s Executive Order, issued July 6, 2011. The submission was related to Additional Oversight of the Contracting and Implementation Process for Large Scale IT Projects, which was the basis for Senate Bill 2034 and the resulting North Dakota Century Code section 54-59-32

The George Cronin Award for Procurement Excellence is recognized as a premier achievement for innovative public procurement and pays homage to a founder and the first president of National Association of State Procurement Officials, George J. Cronin. Since 1985, the Cronin Awards have recognized ground-breaking state procurement programs and promoted the sharing of ideas between states.