WAGGY Website Awards

The WAGGY awards program was established to recognize and honor outstanding achievement in the Internet websites of the CWAG member Offices of the Attorneys General of the states and territories. The first awards were presented in 2000 and each year since at the annual summer conference. Twenty-seven state AGOs and one territory have won a WAGGY and twenty have been multiple award winners. Arizona has won Best Overall four times, Washington twice, and Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island and Utah has each won the highest prize once.

The winners are selected by a multi-state committee, open to any IT/web staff designated by AGO to participate, which reviews all member and associate member websites in the spring of each year and nominate and vote for the winner in each category. Committee members must abstain from nominating, discussing, and voting on their office’s AG website if it is being considered for an award. The criteria used to assess the websites focuses on site design, site content, and site purpose. Awards are given for excellence in various categories, including Best Redesign, Website Leadership, Consumer Services, Biggest Crime fighter, and Best Overall.

Winners receive an award suitable for viewing in their offices and an online award logo they can post on their websites. The committee also provides winners with the statement made at the ceremony so it can be referenced in a press announcement.

The WAGGY awards selection process is highly competitive and the announcement of the annual winners has become a highlight of the annual conference.

WAGGY award criteria

WAGGY Award Recipients — By Year

JULY 2016

Idaho (Sun Valley)

Colorado — Best Overall
Wisconsin — Best Redesign
Louisiana — Best Consumer Outreach
Michigan — Best Mobile App
Utah — Biggest Crime Fighter
California — Best Use of Online Technology

JULY 2015

Hawaii (Wailea)

Iowa — Best Overall
Montana — Best Redesign
Colorado — Best Consumer Outreach
Wisconsin — Best Victim Services
South Dakota — Biggest Crimefighter
Washington — Best Online Technology
Rhode Island — Mobile Friendly
Wyoming — Biggest Stride

JULY 2014

Utah (Park City)

Wisconsin — Biggest Crimefighter
Oklahoma — Best Redesign
Massachusetts — Best Overall
Arkansas — Best Consumer Outreach
Alaska — Best Site for Job Seekers
Hawaii — Mobile Friendly
Washington — Best Veterans Services
California — Best Site on Human Trafficking


JULY 2013

Colorado Springs

Arizona — Best Overall
California — Best Consumer Outreach
Massachusetts — Best Crime Fighter
Oregon — Best Veterans Services
Arkansas — Best Redesign

JULY 2012

California (Anaheim)

Texas — Best Youth Services
South Dakota — Best Senior Services
North Carolina — Best Consumer Outreach
Montana — Best Redesign
Washington — Website Leadership
Rhode Island — Best Overall

JULY 2011

Hawaii (Kona)

Colorado — Best Overall
Arkansas — Best Consumer Outreach
South Dakota — Website Leadership
Idaho — Biggest Crime Fighter
California — Best Site for Job Seekers
Maryland — Best Youth Services


JULY 2010

New Mexico (Santa Fe)

Arizona — Best Overall
Florida — Best Online Services
Texas — Best Consumer Outreach
Oklahoma — Biggest Stride
Washington — Best Social Media
North Carolina — Biggest Crime Fighter
Oregon — Best Site for Job Seekers
New Mexico — Language Diversity

AUGUST 2009

Idaho (Sun Valley)

Kansas — Best Overall
North Carolina — Consumer Outreach
California — Going Green
Washington — Best Site for Job Seekers
Oregon — Website Leadership

AUGUST 2008

Washington (Seattle)

Utah — Best Overall
California — Language Diversity
Montana — Consumer Outreach
Hawaii — Best Crime fighter
Arizona — Best Site for Job Seekers
Guam — Biggest Stride
Nevada — Mobile Friendly


JULY 2007

California (Anaheim)

Washington — Best Overall
Idaho — Language Diversity
Kansas — Best Consumer Outreach
Texas — Best Online Technology
CWAG — Website Leadership (redesign)

AUGUST 2006

Alaska (Anchorage)

Arizona — Best Overall
Hawaii — Best Redesign
Utah — Biggest Crime fighter
California — Best Consumer Services
Texas — Best Language Diversity

AUGUST 2005

Hawaii (Maui)

Montana — Best Overall
Hawaii — Best Online Services
Arizona — Best Consumer Outreach
Colorado — Best Redesign


JULY 2004

Colorado (Vail)

Washington — Best Customer Outreach
Texas — Best Consumer Services
Alaska — Best Redesign
New Mexico — Best Overall

JULY 2003

Utah (Park City)

Montana — Best Redesign
Nevada — Language Diversity
Utah — Best Online Consumer Outreach
Oregon — Best Overall
California, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota — ADA Compliant

JULY 2002

California (Monterey)

South Dakota — Best Online Consumer Outreach
Oregon — Best Redesign
Idaho — Best Overall


JULY 2001

Idaho (Sun Valley)

Wyoming — ADA Compliant
Idaho — Best Online Consumer Services
California — Most Recent Redesign
Arizona — Best Overall

JULY 2000

South Dakota (Custer State Park)

New Mexico — Most Recent Redesign
Colorado — Language Diversity
Washington — Best Overall

WAGGY Award Recipients — By Category

Best Overall

Arizona — 2001, 2006, 2010 and 2013
Colorado — 2011, 2016
Idaho — 2002
Iowa — 2015
Kansas — 2009
Massachusetts — 2014
Montana — 2005
New Mexico — 2004
Oregon — 2003
Utah — 2008
Washington — 2007 and 2000
Rhode Island — 2012

Best Online Consumer Services

California — 2006
Idaho — 2001
Texas — 2010

Best Online Consumer Outreach

Arizona — 2005
Arkansas — 2011 and 2014
California — 2013
Colorado — 2015
Kansas — 2007
Louisiana — 2016
Montana — 2008
North Carolina — 2009 and 2012
South Dakota — 2002
Texas — 2010
Utah — 2003
Washington — 2004


Best Online Services

Hawaii — 2005
Florida — 2010

Biggest Crimefighter

Hawaii — 2008
Idaho — 2011
Massachusetts — 2013
North Carolina — 2010
South Dakota — 2015
Utah — 2006, 2016
Wisconsin — 2014

Best Use of Online Technology

California — 2016
Texas — 2007
Washington — 2015


Going Green

California — 2009

Mobile Friendly

Hawaii — 2014
Nevada — 2008
Rhode Island — 2015

Best Site for Job Seekers

Alaska — 2014
Arizona — 2008
California — 2011
Oregon — 2010
Washington — 2009


Most Recent Redesign

California — 2001
New Mexico — 2000

Best Redesign

Alaska — 2004
Arkansas — 2013
Colorado — 2005
CWAG — Website Leadership
Guam — Biggest Stride
Hawaii — 2006
Montana — 2003, 2012 and 2015
Oklahoma — Biggest Stride, 2014
Oregon — 2002
South Dakota — Website Leadership
Wisconsin — 2016

Language Diversity

California — 2008
Colorado — 2000
Idaho — 2007
Nevada — 2003
New Mexico — 2010
Texas — 2006


ADA Compliant

California
Colorado
Montana
North Dakota
South Dakota — 2003
Wyoming
Alaska
Arizona
Connecticut
Guam
New Mexico
North Carolina
Utah
Best Social Media
Washington
Wyoming — 2001

Best Youth Services

Maryland — 2011
Texas — 2012

Best Senior Services

South Dakota — 2012


Website Leadership

Washington — 2012

Best Veterans Services

Oregon — 2013
Washington — 2014

Best Site on Human Trafficking

California — 2014


Best Victim Services

Wisconsin — 2015

Biggest Stride

Wyoming — 2015

Best Mobile App

Michigan — 2016