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September 2010

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Oklahoma State Department of Health’sStep UP Program Nationally Honored 
Selected as one of the nation’s best state government internal projects

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), in partnership with OK.gov, today announces the agency’s Step UP Performance Management System has received a 2010 Digital Government Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Government as one of the best state government internal projects in the United States.  

“It is great to see the recognition for this innovative system,” said Oklahoma’s State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline. “Step Up allows us to appropriately measure our progress toward goals and to make any needed changes to improve our performance over time.”

“Indeed, Step UP, through digital technology, has allowed our services, programs and employees to chart their progress toward positive outcomes that ultimately benefit our customers,” said Joyce Marshall, director for OSDH’s Office of Performance Management.

The Step UP Performance Management System was created to give OSDH service areas a defined system to promote thoughtful planning and decision-making toward creating programmatic goals and objectives; enhance the development of innovative activities and strategies for meeting those objectives; and assure periodic measurement of quantifiable performance measures important to achieving the selected goals and objectives.

“The Step UP Performance Management System represents the best in government internal projects,” said Cathilea Robinett, executive director of the Center for Digital Government.  “Each year, state and local governments continue to make strides towards implementing better access and more efficient Web delivery of public services.”

Each year the Center for Digital Government’s Digital Government Achievement Awards recognize outstanding agency and department websites and projects at the application and infrastructure level.  This is just one way the organization continues its work as an international research and advisory institute on the use of information technology in government.  

The Step UP Performance Management System is a product of a partnership between the Oklahoma State Department of Health and OK.gov, Oklahoma’s Official Website.

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RECALLS.GOV Launches a Mobile Application

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Food and Drug Administration, and Department of Agriculture monitor the safety of thousands of products and issue hundreds of recall announcements each year of millions of products.

Now, those recalls are right at your fingertips, thanks to the new RECALLS.GOV mobile application. Whether you’re at your child’s day care center or a yard sale, whether you’re at a store or at home, you can now type a product’s name into your phone and learn immediately whether that product has been recalled because of a safety concern.  You can also see photos of recalled products and learn what to do with recalled products in your homes.

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GovBenefits.gov Becomes Benefits.gov 
Benefits.gov provides enhanced search tools to navigate government programs

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the former GovBenefits.gov website has been redesigned and rebranded to become Benefits.gov. Along with a new look, Benefits.gov provides enhanced site features to help citizens quickly navigate and locate government benefit and assistance programs that may improve their lives. This collaborative effort of 17 federal agencies maintains content on more than 1,000 government programs.

Benefits.gov's primary new feature is the "Benefit Finder," a confidential tool that enables individuals to answer questions about themselves and then instantly view a list of benefits they may be eligible to receive. If customers find benefits they may be interested in applying for, Benefits.gov offers the ability to add benefits from the results list to "Your Favorites," a further customized list of benefit results. Both lists can be printed or e-mailed to enable users to review their results at a later time.

"What was already a great site is now even better," said Edward Hugler, Department of Labor deputy assistant secretary for operations in the Office of Administration and Management. "Benefits.gov's user-friendly design and search tools will make it easier than ever for citizens to find the government assistance information they're looking for."

The Department of Labor is the managing partner for Benefits.gov and works with the following federal agencies to gather content for the site: the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Homeland Security, Interior, Justice, State, Transportation, Treasury and Veterans Affairs; the Office of Personnel Management; the Small Business Administration and the Social Security Administration.

The public is encouraged to visit and explore the new features on Benefits.gov. Visitors can keep up with the latest benefit-related information by subscribing to page updates or following Benefits.gov on Twitter.

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What's Inside

Oklahoma Geological Survey
salute_geo“The Oklahoma Geological Survey was written into the Oklahoma Constitution at Statehood and Continues to carry out its Constitutional mandate to investigate the state's land, water, mineral, and energy resources, make our findings known, and use the results of to promote the wise use and conservation of Oklahoma’s abundant geological resources.."    more

-  Dr. G. Randy Keller,

Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Law Enforcement Commission
A. Keith Burt"The Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission is a constitutionally created agency.  Much has changed since the agency opened its doors in 1959, with an amendment to the Constitution allowing liquor-by-the-drink on a county option basis in 1985.  We have expanded our focus from liquor regulation and enforcement to include Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco and Charity Games Enforcement."  more

- A. Keith Burt,


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How Do I Learn Everything I Need to Know About Voting in November?

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How Do I Keep My Kids Safe This Halloween Season?

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Thursday, November 11
(Veterans Day)

Thursday & Friday, November 25 & 26 (Thanksgiving)

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Fall Traders Encampment
October 1 - 3, 2010
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Voter Registration Closes
October 8, 2010
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Storybook Forest  
Oct 23, 2010 - Oct 31, 2010 
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