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September 2009

Welcome to Oklahoma's eGovernment News Report. We hope you enjoy the monthly report providing you with up-to-date information on Oklahoma's eGovernment achievements.


Oklahoma Ranked as One of the Top Web Sites in the Nation

Oklahoma’s Official Web site has been nominated as a finalist in the 2009 Best of the Web national competition for eGovernment achievement.

“To be recognized as one of the top 11 state Web sites in the nation is a great honor,” said Joe Fleckinger, Deputy Director of Information Technology of the Oklahoma Office of State Finance. “Since 2001, we have worked hard to make OK.gov an easy-to-use and comprehensive place for businesses and citizens to interact with the state. In the future, we plan to build upon this success by enhancing citizen interaction, managing important content effectively and efficiently, and building online services that save the state, citizens and businesses time and money.”

The state of Oklahoma launched a new version of OK.gov in April 2009. The new version offers unique and innovative features that help set OK.gov apart from the other 49 states:

• Categorized and cross-referenced content that delivers powerful, relevant and “smart” search results. 

• Visitor activity that is logged and transformed into one-click search functionality, available in one centralized location. 

• Share, style, translate, and support services conveniently available throughout the entire portal. 

• An interactive mapping system designed to help users find relevant state, county, and local information. 

• Real-time widgets providing visitors with access to multiple online services such as shopping for surplus auction items online. 

• Green results that show the benefits of conducting government services online at http://GoGreen.OK.gov

• An eGov News Report delivering subscribers the latest news in Oklahoma government technology. 

• More than 260 online services including 120 types of professional licensing services, 2 state transparency Web sites: OpenBooks.OK.gov and Recovery.OK.gov, and over 300 ways to interact with Oklahoma government online.

Best of the Web ranks the top U.S. state and local Web portals, recognizing advances in digital solutions and communication with citizens, government communities and business.  The Digital Government Achievement Awards showcase progressive and innovative Web sites and digital applications by government entities worldwide. The awards are judged by a panel of experts on a wide range of categories, including site accessibility, innovation, cost-savings, ease of use, and exceptional service to public.

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Oklahomans Can Purchase Hunting & Fishing Licenses In-Store or Online 

Whichever way you prefer to shop – in-store or online, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) has you covered when buying your hunting and fishing license this year. Oklahoma and out-of-state residents can purchase their sportsmen licenses in-store or online.

To ensure all sportsmen have convenient access to purchasing hunting and fishing licenses, the ODWC sells licenses in more than 700 stores throughout the state. These stores include sporting goods stores, bait shops, convenience stores, and large discount centers. Licenses purchased through licensed dealers are limited to the payment methods accepted by the dealer.

The quickest, greenest, and easiest way to obtain a hunting or fishing license is to buy it online. Visitors to site can simply apply online by clicking the ‘Buy Your License Online’ link, purchase and print their wildlife license from the comfort and convenience of their own home. Payments accepted online include Visa and MasterCard and are processed through a secure payment engine, which abides by rigorous policies and procedures to ensure that sportsmen can be confident that their payments are safe, private, and secure.

“Purchasing your license electronically is not only quick and convenient but it allows you to replace your license if you loose that license,” said Melinda Sturgess-Streich, Assistant Director of Oklahoma Department of Wildlife. “In four easy steps, all sportsmen can purchase and print their license on regular 8.5” x 11” paper using a common black and white printer.”

According to Go Green Oklahoma, http://GoGreen.OK.gov, 13 million sheets of paper have been saved as a result of moving the licensing paper process to computer-based technology since January 2007.

Every wildlife license purchased helps fund wildlife conservation in the state of Oklahoma. These funds help manage the fish and game species across Oklahoma.

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New Web Site and Licensure Service Available for Oklahoma Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

The Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology (OBESPA) have recently launched a new Web site and online licensure service which will serve more than 1,500 speech-language pathologists and audiologists in the state of Oklahoma. 

“Our new Web site and online service is intended to provide our visitors with the online ability to manage business with our agency,” said Jeanie Wall, OBESPA Executive Secretary-Administrator. “For four years, we have offered speech-language pathologists and audiologists with an online renewal service, but now we are also allowing them to easily apply for licensure online. This new addition provides a one-stop shop for our licensees available online 24/7.”

Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists can complete a new application or renewal through a fast, easy and secure environment. Licensees have the option of paying for their license with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and EFT payments. The payments are processed through a secure payment engine that abides by rigorous policies and procedures to ensure that their payments are safe, private, and secure.

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HHS and USDA Unveil New Food Safety Consumer Web Site

A new Web site is designed to help consumers and families get all the latest information on food safety and food recalls in one convenient place.

The new site will feature information from all the agencies across the federal government that deal with critical food and food safety information, including preventive tips about how to handle food safely, alerts on life-saving food recalls, and the latest news from the key agencies.

Consumers can sign up in one easy place to receive email and RSS alerts on recalled or potentially unsafe food and hear from the top scientific experts across the government on food safety.  Later phases of the site to be launched will include recall feeds for texting and mobile phones. The site will also feature a foodsafety.gov widget that the public and the media are encouraged to download and promote on their Web sites and social networking sites. The widget will instantly update viewers with the latest food safety recalls and will be a valuable public health and safety tool.

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What's Inside

 Oklahoma Abstractors Board
salute_abstractors.jpg"The Oklahoma Abstractors Board encourages and requires high standards and ethical practices of abstract plant development and maintenance as well as of abstractor licensees..."   more

- Glynda Reppond,
Executive Director

Oklahoma ABLE Tech
salute_abletech.jpg“Oklahoma ABLE Tech makes a difference in the lives of Oklahomans with disabilities by connecting individuals to the assistive technology needed to function independently whether in the community, at school, or in the workplace."

- Linda Jaco 
Director of Sponsored Programs, 
OSU Seretean Wellness Center


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How Do I Pay My Personal & Business Taxes Online?

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How Do I Find Drivers' License Information?

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Monday, November 11
(Veterans Day)

Thursday & Friday, November 26 & 27 

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Walk to School Day 
October 07, 2009  
7:30am - 8:30am 
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14th Annual Health and Safety Expo 
October 15, 2009  
8:00am - 5:00pm
More Info

AgrAbility Fall Conference 
October 23 and 24, 2009
8:00am - 5:00pm
More Info

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About OK.gov

OK.gov is the official Web site of the state of Oklahoma and a collaborative effort between the Oklahoma Office of State Finance (OSF) and Oklahoma Interactive, LLC to help Oklahoma government entities Web-enable their information services. OSF is responsible for OK.gov. Oklahoma Interactive operates, maintains, and markets OK.gov and is part of eGovernment firm NIC’s (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies.

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