The state of Tennessee signed a new five-year contract with eGovernment firm NIC to manage its official government portal (www.Tennessee.gov).
Tennessee signed its original multiyear contract with NIC in August 2000. That five-year contract ended on August 27, 2005. The state of Tennessee issued a competitive bid for eGovernment portal services this May, and the contract was awarded again to NIC. The new contract was approved by the Tennessee Commissioner of Finance and Administration and went into effect on August 28, 2005. The agreement runs through August 2010.
Tennessee uses a self-funded solution to provide eGovernment services.
Tennessee.gov's suite of online services includes Hall income tax filings, driver's license renewals, state park reservations, and professional license renewals. Among the recent additions to the state portal is a driver's license appointment system that allows citizens to make and cancel driver's license appointments over the Internet instead of waiting in line at a government office. Tennessee.gov also provides a service for searching campaign finance filings for elected officials and political action committees registered in the state.
Tennessee is consistently recognized for its digital government efforts. Tennessee.gov was ranked the best state Web site by the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions in 2002 and 2004. The state portal was also a finalist in the Center for Digital Government's Best of the Web competition in 2001 and 2004.