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Utah Receives “A” Grade in Government Technology Survey

The Center for Digital Government announced today the state of Utah again topped the Digital States Survey. Conducted every two years, the Survey is the most comprehensive review of best practices, policies, and progress made by state governments in their use of digital technologies to serve residents and streamline operations.

Over the past two years, Utah has continued to emphasize improvements in core technologies that support the delivery of digital services. Consolidation of state data centers, server virtualization, and enhanced information security have all helped ensure the reliable delivery of digital services to Utah businesses and citizens. Many of these services are now available to mobile users as part of the state’s mobile strategy.

State Chief Information Officer, Mark VanOrden, has overseen a continuing effort to get the most out of state tax dollars by supporting almost 1,100 online services, making it easier for Utah citizens and businesses to interact with government.

Utah is one of only three states in the country to receive an “A” grade in this year’s Digital States Survey. An “A” grade represents states that have demonstrated results in all categories of the study, including data management, policy alignment, adaptive leadership, citizen engagement, and innovation. According to the Center, top states use modernization to realize operational efficiencies and achieve strategic priorities under nimble leaders.

The state’s technology operations are managed by the Department of Technology Services under the direction of CIO VanOrden.

To find out more information about Utah.Gov visit:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UtahGov

Facebook: http://www.utah.gov/facebook/

RSS feeds: http://www.utah.gov/connect/feeds.html

Utah blogs: http://www.utah.gov/blogs/

About the Center for Digital Government

The Center for Digital Government is a government research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division of eRepublic, a national publishing, event, and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.

About DTS

The Department of Technology Services (DTS) is the technology provider for the State of Utah Executive Branch Agencies. DTS has embarked on an unprecedented transition to consolidate all IT resources and services for the State of Utah into one department helping to reduce costs, increase services to taxpayers, and more closely align IT with the business needs of the State of Utah.

About Utah.Gov

Utah.gov is the entry point to over 1,000 online services and benefits over 2.7 million residents in the State of Utah. Utah.gov provides citizens and businesses with more convenient options for interacting with government. Through Utah.gov, citizens can find public meetings, renew their vehicle registration, buy a hunting and fishing license, register a business, find a transparent state budget, and much more. In 2012 alone, Utah.gov received an unprecedented 24 awards making it the nation’s most honored state website. Utah.gov is managed and operated through a public-private partnership between the state and Utah Interactive, the Salt Lake City-based official eGovernment partner for the state of Utah. Utah Interactive is part of eGovernment firm NIC’s family of companies.

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” five times, most recently ranked at No. 11 (2013), and the company has been included three times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.

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