Government Technology Snapshot

Government Technology Snapshot

by / April 16, 2002 0
Agency: University of Alabama, Birmingham; Saline County, Ark.; Alameda, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Clara, Shasta, Solano counties, Calif.- University of Colorado, Boulder; Meriden, Conn.; Orange County, Fla.; Georgia Technology Authority; Department of Human Services, Hawaii; Attorney General, Idaho; Department of Professional Regulation, Ill.; Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kan.; Park Duvalle, Shawnee, Ky.; Louisiana State University; Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Maine; Anne Arundel County, Md.; University of Montana-Western; Secretary of State, Mich.; Office of Technology, Minn.; Southwest Missouri State University; Public Employees Retirement Board, Neb.; Clark County, Nev.; Rutgers University, Commission on Higher Education, N.J.; Educational Retirement Board, N.M.; North Carolina State University; Mayfield Middle School, Putnam City, Okla.; Lincoln City, Ore.; Department of Transportation, Penn.; Warwick Sanitation and Recycling Division, R.I.; Yankton School District, S.D.; Texas Parks and Wildlife; Department of Finance and Management, Vt.; Department of Transportation, Wash.; Waukesha County Register of Deeds Office, Wis.; Department of Environmental Protection, W.V.; National Association of State Chief Administrators; Purdue University; National Federation of the Blind; Federal Highway Administration;

Vendor: PeopleSoft; Novell; Conference of Western Attorneys General; National Association of State Chief Administrators; Keane; Microsoft; National Information Consortium; Digital Signature Trust; Tele-Works Inc.; Netlert; AMS; VFA; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Green Thumb Inc.;


Alabama
The University of Alabama at Birmingham announced in September it would use digital certificate technology from Digital Signature Trust in applications ranging from human resources and grants administration to access control.

Alaska
The state held a Privacy Summit for Alaskans in September to discuss the exchange of personal information via the Internet and whether new laws are needed to control such exchanges. - Anchorage Daily News

Arizona
Residents and businesses in the state have a new resource for researching and choosing a telecommunications provider. The state's new online telecommunications directory profiles 150 Arizona telecommunications providers, including information on their services and contact information.

Arkansas
Saline County residents may now pay their taxes online . Taxpayers are prompted through a series of screens, at the end of which is a confirmation and receipt page that can be printed for users' records. The system is maintained on a secure server to ensure privacy, security and data integrity.

California
Secretary of State Bill Jones ordered nine counties to purchase new voting machines in September. By January 2006, the counties must replace punch-card systems now used by 55 percent of the state's voters. The counties affected are: Alameda, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Clara, Shasta and Solano. - Los Angeles Times

Colorado
The University of Colorado at Boulder is making facilities management easier. Officials use technology from VFA to quantify the campus' deferred maintenance backlog, store and update facilities condition assessment information and develop reports about the exponential growth of potential deferred maintenance costs over time.

Connecticut
Meriden awarded a contract to Tele-Works Inc. to install an Automated Citizen Information System, which will act as a 24-hour city hall. It is available through the telephone and the Internet and answers commonly asked questions about government topics and issues.

Delaware
Gov. Ruth Ann Minner broadcast the state's prayer service held for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks over the Internet in September. Several schools allowed students to view the service and Minner asked state agencies to give employees the opportunity to participate.

Florida
Orange County is beta testing a financial management system from AMS. The system will manage all of the county's major financial and procurement functions. The system includes Web-enabled business intelligence, reporting and query capabilities.

Georgia
Participants in the CyberSisters Web Camp this summer created the Georgia Kids' Portal , an electronic door to topics
of interest to kids. Twenty middle school girls participated in the camp and helped create the Web site. CyberSisters was sponsored by the Georgia Technology Authority to encourage young girls to consider careers in technology.

Hawaii
The Department of Human Services' Medicaid Prescription Benefit Management Program will soon offer online, point-of-sale processing for fee-for-service customers. The program will support the department's drug rebate administration and prior authorization services, among others.

Idaho
The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Unit received an award for providing online registration for the Attorney General's No Call List. A spokesperson for the Conference of Western Attorneys General, the honoring association, in September, said Idaho is the only state to offer the service online.

Illinois
The Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (IDPR) won a national technology award from the National Association of State Chief Administrators for the agency's "e-batch" license renewal program. E-batch gives participating businesses access to IDPR's database of licensed professionals, allows them to enter renewal information for licensees and pay associated fees via the Internet

Indiana
Indiana officials broke ground for Purdue University's new Ultra-Performance Nanotechnology Center in September. The center will focus on educating students and training corporate scientists and engineers to help create a local workforce that understands nanotechnology.

Iowa
Green Thumb Inc. is offering $927,000 in grants to businesses in rural Iowa to provide technology training to rural residents, farm families and others in need. To be eligible for a Rural Revitalization Through Technology grant, Iowa employers must identify a need for technology training and make a hiring commitment contingent upon the potential employee successfully completing their training.

Kansas
The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City are purchasing an automated dispatch system for special transit services for the elderly and people with disabilities. The system will work with vehicle-locator systems in the future. - The Kansas City Star

Kentucky
Gov. Paul Patton, Louisville Mayor Dave Armstrong, State Sen. Gerald Neal and State Rep. Paul Bather announced $250,000 in digital divide grants in September. The grants were awarded to residents in the Park DuValle and Shawnee neighborhoods and are designed to provide computer and Internet training, hardware and software to residents.

Louisiana
The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center will equip 12 institutions across the state with interactive video communications for research and administrative applications. The 12 state institutions, external organizations and the Health Sciences Center will use the technology to collaborate on research projects.

Maine
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles is developing an automated motor vehicle software system. Keane will move the bureau's current motor vehicle services software from the existing mainframe system to a new platform that will allow for increased functionality and improved efficiency.

Maryland
Anne Arundel County is reengineering seven core business practices of the departments of Planning and Zoning and Inspections and Permits. The county will purchase a new information technology management system that will be fully integrated with GIS for mapping and spatial analysis capabilities.

Massachusetts
Virtual Education Space, the state's online education tool, will use a new workflow engine to help educators manage workflows for creation, editing, approvals and delivery of standards-based curriculum, assessment and instruction. Using the technology, districts are expected to save thousands of hours in the management of standards-based teaching and learning.

Michigan
Secretary of State Candice Miller unveiled an Internet voting guide to educate voters. The guide gives video instructions to voters based on voting machines in their precinct. Michigan precincts now use five systems: punch-card ballots, paper ballots, mechanical lever machines, optical scanners and touch-screen systems. - USA Today

Minnesota
The state's Office of Technology is reaching out to its children. The department's newest Web site
electronic door to topics of interest to kids. Twenty middle school girls participated in the camp and helped create the Web site. CyberSisters was sponsored by the Georgia Technology Authority to encourage young girls to consider careers in technology.

Hawaii
The Department of Human Services' Medicaid Prescription Benefit Management Program will soon offer online, point-of-sale processing for fee-for-service customers. The program will support the department's drug rebate administration and prior authorization services, among others.

Idaho
The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Unit received an award for providing online registration for the Attorney General's No Call List. A spokesperson for the Conference of Western Attorneys General, the honoring association, in September, said Idaho is the only state to offer the service online.

Illinois
The Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (IDPR) won a national technology award from the National Association of State Chief Administrators for the agency's "e-batch" license renewal program. E-batch gives participating businesses access to IDPR's database of licensed professionals, allows them to enter renewal information for licensees and pay associated fees via the Internet

Indiana
Indiana officials broke ground for Purdue University's new Ultra-Performance Nanotechnology Center in September. The center will focus on educating students and training corporate scientists and engineers to help create a local workforce that understands nanotechnology.

Iowa
Green Thumb Inc. is offering $927,000 in grants to businesses in rural Iowa to provide technology training to rural residents, farm families and others in need. To be eligible for a Rural Revitalization Through Technology grant, Iowa employers must identify a need for technology training and make a hiring commitment contingent upon the potential employee successfully completing their training.

Kansas
The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City are purchasing an automated dispatch system for special transit services for the elderly and people with disabilities. The system will work with vehicle-locator systems in the future. - The Kansas City Star

Kentucky
Gov. Paul Patton, Louisville Mayor Dave Armstrong, State Sen. Gerald Neal and State Rep. Paul Bather announced $250,000 in digital divide grants in September. The grants were awarded to residents in the Park DuValle and Shawnee neighborhoods and are designed to provide computer and Internet training, hardware and software to residents.

Louisiana
The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center will equip 12 institutions across the state with interactive video communications for research and administrative applications. The 12 state institutions, external organizations and the Health Sciences Center will use the technology to collaborate on research projects.

Maine
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles is developing an automated motor vehicle software system. Keane will move the bureau's current motor vehicle services software from the existing mainframe system to a new platform that will allow for increased functionality and improved efficiency.

Maryland
Anne Arundel County is reengineering seven core business practices of the departments of Planning and Zoning and Inspections and Permits. The county will purchase a new information technology management system that will be fully integrated with GIS for mapping and spatial analysis capabilities.

Massachusetts
Virtual Education Space, the state's online education tool, will use a new workflow engine to help educators manage workflows for creation, editing, approvals and delivery of standards-based curriculum, assessment and instruction. Using the technology, districts are expected to save thousands of hours in the management of standards-based teaching and learning.

Michigan
Secretary of State Candice Miller unveiled an Internet voting guide to educate voters. The guide gives video instructions to voters based on voting machines in their precinct. Michigan precincts now use five systems: punch-card ballots, paper ballots, mechanical lever machines, optical scanners and touch-screen systems. - USA Today

Minnesota
The state's Office of Technology is reaching out to its children. The department's newest Web site , the North Star Kids' Zone, provides information about state government, state symbols, state and federal children's sites, homework help, parent information, information for preschool-aged children, etc.

Mississippi
The Mississippi Technology Alliance traveled the state this fall asking community leaders to explore ways to spur economic development through technology. The group also talked about creating economic clusters and using technology to boost productivity and success in industry, government and education.

Missouri
Southwest Missouri State University is offering real-time, online learning to students outside the university. The eHighSchool initiative was created to address the learning gap experienced by rural high schools.

Montana
The University of Montana-Western will open the Rural Educational Technology Center in January. Funded by the state legislature, the new building will be connected to the university library and will have three computer labs, wireless Internet access, an Internet caf