The Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council (EC3) has selected the recipients of its annual Excellence Awards, designed to recognize innovative e-government programs that have produced measurable results inimproving government services. Awards and presentations on these projects are set to take place on Thursday, December 11th at eC3's 13th Annual Conference.

Innovative Use of the Web in Government Management Practices

Winners:

  • Rhode Island Certificate of Compliance Product Label Renewal -- The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, which oversees the liquor industry, became the first in the nation to implement electronic registration and renewal for liquor manufacturers.
  • Prescription Monitoring Program Information Exchange -- The California Department of Justice developed a Web-based prescription monitoring service to identify and prevent drug diversion by improving exchange of data between California and Nevada and between the California Department of Justice's Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and the Nevada Board of Pharmacy, which could serve as a national model.

Honorable Mentions:

  • HireME -- The state of Maine's Online Job Application Service allows anyone interested in state employment to apply electronically through the state Bureau of Human Resources' online service, replacing the cumbersome paper application process.
  • CLEMIS Community CrimeWatch -- Oakland County Michigan's Courts and Law Enforcement Management Information System (CLEMIS), provides member police agencies with Web site hosting, templates and content management tools to assist them with their community-oriented policing programs. The technology enables individual agencies to publish Web sites with downloadable maps detailing crime activities by location and date.

Innovation in Protecting the Privacy and Integrity of Citizen Information

Winners:

  • Registered Traveler Central Identity Management System -- This U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Agency project involves expediting travel for those who enrolled in the registered traveler program, which quickly identifies them as not suspected of posing a known threat.
  • The Arkansas.gov state portal and Payment Processor Security Initiative -- This project is designed to protect the privacy and integrity of citizen information.

Innovation in the Use of Social Networking to Enhance Citizen Involvement in Government

Winner:

  • Gov. Mike Beebe's Information Network of Arkansas encourages citizens to help craft a positive vision for their state. Arkansas.gov offers numerous online services and an e-newsroom with audio/video, podcasts, four different electronic newsletters, listservs and RSS feeds.

Rhode Island Winner's Statement

In a separate release, the winning Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation Online Service said its online liquor product label registration service allows alcohol beverage manufacturers to fulfill RI regulations that require them to register alcohol products sold within the state. Manufacturers can renew all product label registrations, add new registrations and remove products no longer being distributed, all through an easy to use online service. The application was developed by the Department of Business Regulation, Division of Commercial Licensing & Racing & Athletics, in partnership with RI.gov, the state's official Web site and online services provider.

"The online application replaced a time-intensive paper registration process and provided increased efficiencies for everyone involved," explained A. Michael Marques, director of the Department of Business Regulation. "I am pleased to have the Department recognized by eC3 for our Web efforts. Electronic efficiencies mean less time dealing with paperwork and more time enforcing the regulations that exist to protect consumers - which we see as our primary responsibility."