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February 2010

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.

Renew Your Vehicle Registration Tag Online at CARS.OK.GOV

Renewing your vehicle registration tag just got quicker and easier because Oklahomans can now renew online through the state’s official Convenient Auto Renewal System (CARS). The secure online service is available at http://CARS.OK.gov, providing access for Oklahomans’ commercial, non-commercial and farm vehicle registration renewals.

CARS also allows Oklahomans to sign up to receive an email when it is time to renew their tag with the Tax Commission’s REMIND ME utility. Reminders will be sent the first day of the expiration month entered into the REMIND ME utility.

“CARS is intended to make renewing car tags a convenient, simple and easy process for all individuals,” said Paula Ross, Oklahoma Tax Commission spokesperson. “CARS is open around the clock every day, including weekends, nights and holidays.”   Oklahomans can renew online if they:

• Wish to renew a tag for a noncommercial (automobiles; noncommercial/non-farm trucks; motorcycles; travel trailers; motor homes) or commercial (15,000 pounds or less laden weight) vehicle, that is not more than ten (10) months delinquent. 
• Wish to renew a tag for a farm truck weighing (truck + load carried or pulled) 55,000 pounds or less, that is not more than ten (10) months delinquent. 
• Have a valid credit/debit card or a checking account to pay for the renewal. 
• Have insurance information ready, or are declaring a non-use vehicle. 
• Have a driver's license number (if individual) or FEI number (if other than an individual). 
• Have a printer connected to a computer in order to print the receipt and/or provide a valid email address to have the receipt sent to that account.

To begin the renewal process, users simply enter the last four digits of their vehicle identification number (VIN), tag number, and if renewing for a farm truck, then the user must enter the Agriculture Exemption Permit (SMX) number.

Motorists have the option to pay for their registration with EFT payments, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. The payments are processed through a secure payment engine, which abides by rigorous policies and procedures to ensure that Oklahomans can be confident that their payments are safe, private, and secure.

In the future, the system will be built to accommodate for other registration types such as military and mobile home.

The Convenient Auto Renewal System is a product of a partnership between the Oklahoma Tax Commission and OK.gov, Oklahoma’s Official Web site that allows for no tax dollars to be used to build, operate, or maintain the service online.

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Oklahoma Government Goes Mobile With OK.gov for iPhone

OK.gov, the official Web site of the state of Oklahoma, announced today the release of a free iPhone application, available now at http://iPhone.OK.gov. OK.gov for iPhone gives Oklahomans convenient access to Oklahoma government directly from an iPhone or iPod touch.  The new application provides real-time access to state agency news, office location mapping, and professional licensee lookups.

Features of the OK.gov for iPhone application include:

• Agency Lookup – Quickly find agencies by keyword or category search. The app displays contact information including main phone number, address, and Web site address and provides built-in agency location mapping to get directions or call directly from the application. 
• Professional Licensee Search – Easily search or browse over 122 Oklahoma licensee types from over 20 state agencies. 
• Oklahoma Government News – Keep up-to-date with the latest news and announcements from Oklahoma state agencies.

“Oklahoma’s new iPhone application joins only a handful of states enabling citizens to take their state government on the go,” said Mark Mitchell, General Manager of OK.gov. “We are looking forward to providing even more convenient access to Oklahoma government through mobile technology.”

OK.gov for iPhone is a free government application and can be found at http://iPhone.OK.gov. The new technology is compatible with iPhone and iPod touch and requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later.

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Oklahoma Signs New Long-Term eGovernment Contract with Oklahoma Interactive

The state of Oklahoma has signed a new contract with eGovernment firm Oklahoma Interactive (OI), part of the eGovernment firm NIC’s (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies, to manage its official government portal, http://www.ok.gov, for up to 5 years. The contract has an initial term of one year with four, single-year renewal options.

Oklahoma Interactive signed its original multi-year contract with Oklahoma in 2001, to manage the state’s portal under the name YourOklahoma.com. In November 2004, YourOklahoma.com was rebranded to OK.gov, Oklahoma’s Official Web site, and the portal was designed with a focus on self-service so users can easily find what they are looking for, with little or no knowledge of government agency functions. In 2009, Oklahoma issued a competitive bid for eGovernment portal services and the contract was awarded again to Oklahoma Interactive.

“In the past 9 years, we have seen much evolution in Oklahoma eGovernment and eGovernment in general,” said Joseph Fleckinger, Deputy Director of Information Technology and Director of Information Services Division of the Oklahoma Office of State Finance. “This new contract ensures that we have the leaders in eGovernment services improving our portal and the online services that will be needed to service our community in the most efficient manner.”

“Oklahoma has achieved tremendous success with its eGovernment initiatives,” said Harry Herington, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of NIC. “The state’s ability to drive and launch more than 280 services in just nine years is extremely impressive. We are honored that we will continue to serve the state and help add to these accomplishments.”

Oklahoma uses the self-funded solution to provide eGovernment services at no upfront cost to citizens and businesses. In the past 9 years, OI has worked with more than 85 Oklahoma state agencies to develop more than 285 interactive government services. During this time, Oklahoma has led the nation by introducing innovative technologies that improve efficiencies in government.  OK.gov has had the opportunity to partner with state agencies to provide eGovernment services such as:

• CARS.OK.GOV: The State’s Official Convenient Auto Renewal System
• 19 professional licensing systems serving 122 license types 
• More than 70 Oklahoma government entity Web sites 
• Oklahoma State Treasurer’s Electronic Trading System 
• Oklahoma’s State Surplus Auction 
• Statewide Information Technology and Telecommunications System 

OK.gov has also been recognized as one of the nation’s most successful official state Web sites. During the last nine years, the state has earned more than 15 different honors, including:

• Taking a Top 11th position in the Center for Digital Government’s Best of the Web competition (2009); 
• Best Of The Web Digital Government Achievement Award winner for the Oklahoma State Treasurer's Online Electronic Trading System (2006); 
• Twice named an award finalist in the NASCIO Award competition (2009, 2008); 
• Five time winner of the Journal Record’s Innovator of the Year Award (2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004)

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What's Inside

Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers
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- Kandi Hoehner,
Board Administrator

Commissioners of the Land Office
salute_land.jpg"The Commissioners of the Land Office is a sacred trust created by Congress and the Oklahoma Constitution. At statehood certain lands were set aside to benefit all the school children of Oklahoma and certain Colleges and Universities..." - more

- Mike Hunter,
Secretary of the Commissioners of the Land Office

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How Do I Find Tax Resource Information?

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How Do I View the 2010 Legislative Session Video Feeds?

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Red Cross Day  
March 1, 2010  
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Kick Off Statewide Great American Cleanup in OK 
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Medieval Fair
March 26 - 28, 2010 
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Arbor Day Celebration
March 27, 2010
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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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