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November 2014 eGov News Report

Oklahoma eGov News

Governor Mary Fallin Appoints James 'Bo' Reese as Oklahoma Chief Information Officer

OKLAHOMA CITY– Governor Mary Fallin today appointed James “Bo” Reese as state government’s chief information officer, a position that oversees information technology services for all state agencies.

Reese, who has served as interim CIO since January, has held multiple technology and management positions in state government since 1995.

“Bo’s exceptional interim leadership of IT consolidation – one of the largest, most complex initiatives underway in state government – showed that he is clearly the right CIO at the right time for Oklahoma,” Fallin said. “Technology is a major part of everything we do in government today, and Bo has convincingly demonstrated the ability to ensure that the state uses the best technology for the job at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers.”

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Oklahoma Ethics Commission Launches Website Redesign

OKLAHOMA CITY – November 17, 2014 – The Oklahoma Ethics Commission (OEC) recently launched a new redesigned website at http://www.ok.gov/ethics. The site serves as a central hub for information on the many services offered by the Commission and provides instant access to them 24/7.

“It’s important that we provide an informative and functional website to keep Oklahomans up to date on the issues handled by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission,” said OEC Chair, Karen Long. “Not only is our redesigned website more visually appealing, but it also offers a more user-friendly experience for Oklahomans searching for information about the ethical conduct of state officials and employees.

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Is E-Gov Really Delivering?

It didn’t evolve as pioneers planned, but government’s move to digital has been revolutionary. Ask a half-dozen people about the origins of e-government and you’ll likely get a half-dozen different answers. Some point to Y2K — the Millennium Bug — as a defining moment; if you were in federal government, it was the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 that set the e-government wheels in motion inside the Beltway; if you were in local government it was the small club of cities that built their own websites in the mid-1990s with the support of Public Technology Inc., the technical arm of the National League of Cities, the International City/County Management Association and the National Association of Counties; or, if you happened to live in Silicon Valley at the time, it was a bookstore in Palo Alto that launched a revolution.

“E-government is an enormous success story,” said Steve Kolodney, the former CIO of Washington state. “There has been an explosion in the number of great examples of improved service delivery.” On a broader scale, you can include integrated workflow and processes that have made government more efficient, more channels for citizens to communicate and engage with government and better governance overall.

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Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 1, 2014
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December 9, 2014
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OK.gov is the official website of the state of Oklahoma and a collaborative effort between the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) and Oklahoma Interactive, LLC to help Oklahoma government entities Web-enable their information services. OMES 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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