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April 2009

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Governor of Oklahoma Debuts New Design for Oklahoma's Official Web Site

More than 16 million visitors, 2 million transactions, and 75,000 professional license renewals during 2008

Oklahomans now have a redesigned government portal to visit and use as the central gateway to interacting with the state government at the state’s official Web site. OK.gov, which first launched in 2001 under the name of YourOklahoma.com, receives an average of nearly 1.3 million visitors per month and offers more than 260 online services to the businesses and citizens of Oklahoma.

“The new portal design assists the state in providing Oklahomans with efficient government,” said Governor Brad Henry. “Oklahomans can now find information faster with the new organization of content and search tools available at OK.gov.”

At the new OK.gov, visitors are greeted with new technologies such as a ‘One-Click Search’ utility to assist Oklahomans in finding answers fast by displaying the most recent and popular content.

“This is phase one of the new OK.gov where we provide a more intuitive experience for Oklahomans. The public can look forward to more new services and utilities being launched on OK.gov in the near future,” said Joe Fleckinger, Deputy Director of the Office of State Finance.

The site now features translation available in 8 languages and the ability to “Share” with eleven different social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace. Another new feature is a dashboard on the right column of the homepage providing quick access to real-time content such as State Surplus Auction items in the “Shop OK.gov” panel and the status of state bills in the “Bill Tracker” panel.

Oklahomans are invited to visit OK.gov and provide feedback utilizing the online “Feedback” form located in the “Support” menu. The portal also offers Live Chat Help during normal Oklahoma government business hours, available through the Help Center located in the right content area.

OK.gov is also assisting the state in its efforts to be more environmentally friendly. Through http://gogreen.ok.gov, agencies can report the amount of paper saved by putting services and information online. Oklahoma's online services reduced paper consumption among state agencies by over 35.9 million sheets of paper since January 2007.

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2,000 Cubic Feet of Used Computer Equipment and Cell Phones Collected at www.GoGreen.OK.gov eRecycle Event

Oklahoma citizens and businesses donated more than 2,000 cubic square feet of used computer equipment and used cell phones during the recent eRecycling event at the Oklahoma state capitol on April 22.

“We will be able to help a lot of deserving people with computers thanks to the citizens of Oklahoma. I’ve always known they were special – this just proves it one more time,” said Adri-Anne Trammell, ASK Project Manager. “We’re just down the road in Norman so if you have more computers you want to donate, the information on where and when is on our website: www.soonerambucs.org.”

Equipment collected from the eRecycling event was donated to the AMBUCS share4Life Komputers Project and Cell Phones for Soldiers. The donations will generate at least 150 refurbished computers for disabled Oklahomans and over 11,500 minutes in talk time for Oklahoma soldiers in the Middle East.

“Donating your old cell phone is a small, easy sacrifice to make to support our troops,” says Brittany Bergquist, Cell Phones for Soldiers co-founder. “But for the troops overseas, it provides a priceless connection to their loved ones at home.”

The eRecycle event was sponsored by GoGreen.OK.gov, an OK.gov initiative showcasing how Oklahoma eGovernment is helping to reduce the carbon footprint by reducing paper consumption and citizen travel to government facilities. According to a study available on http://www.gogreen.ok.gov, the state of Oklahoma has reduced paper consumption by over 35.9 million sheets of paper through the use of online government services.

By moving government services online, state agencies receive the benefit of removing paper-based processes from their daily routine and reducing traffic to their office. Currently, 23 state agencies are participating in the study available at http://www.gogreen.ok.gov.

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Recovery.gov Asking for Ideas

National Academy to Host White House Dialogue on IT Solutions for Economic Recovery

For one week beginning April 27th, the National Academy of Public Administration, on behalf of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, will host a national online dialogue to engage leading information technology (IT) vendors, thinkers, and consumers in answering a key question:

What ideas, tools, and approaches can make Recovery.gov a place where the public can transparently monitor the expenditure and use of recovery funds? 

Participants from across the IT community will be able to recommend, discuss, and vote on the best ideas, tools, and approaches. The ideas submitted can directly impact how Recovery.gov operates, and ensure that our economic recovery is the most transparent and accountable in history. 

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New www.transparent-gov.com Web Site Provides Comprehensive View of Government Transparency Initiatives Across the Country

Budget spending, stimulus spending, lobbyist spending, legislative tracking, and more can all be found at http://www.transparent-gov.com.

With the recent passing of the Federal Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, governments are now working hard to monitor and report on the spending of those dollars, and share that oversight with taxpayers. But transparency does not begin or end with the federal stimulus money. Governments across the country are providing online services that offer insight into budget spending, lobbyist spending, legislative tracking, and more.

A one-stop source for accessing this information just launched -- the Transparent-gov.com site is a free resource that tracks the transparency services offered by federal, state, and local governments nationwide in their efforts to make information more available to citizens. The site offers links to online transparency, stimulus, and recovery initiatives and allows users to suggest additional content through a public feedback link.

The site was created by NIC. Based in Olathe, Kansas, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV), is the nation’s leading provider of official government portals, online services, and secure payment processing solutions.

“There is a new level of interaction between people and government that is taking place online, as demonstrated by the recent presidential campaign,” said Harry Herington, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of NIC. “In this era of digital democracy, people expect immediate access to information and this new site provides that.”

Current types of information available on the new site include:

  • Stimulus & recovery tracking tools: Online services that track the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 spending by state, agency, category, and recipient
  • Open books: An expanded view of state financials that includes a description of the budgeting process, appropriation information, annual and monthly spending by agency, and types of expenses.
  • State checkbooks: Interactive and searchable online databases that display state revenues and expenses by fiscal year.
  • Budget allocation tools: Interactive solutions that allow citizens to view the state’s current budget, adjust spending levels by buckets, and submit recommendations to the governor’s office.
  • Government ethics, campaign finance & lobbying disclosure: Services that offer anonymous reporting of government fraud or abuse and show campaign finance contributions and gifts reported by elected officials and registered lobbyists during a given reporting period.

Those in the public sector work hard to do what’s best for the businesses and citizens they serve, which is clearly shown by the hundreds of transparency initiatives you will find on the transparent-gov site,” continued Herington. “We support the ongoing effort to build online services that help governments operate in a more open manner and to provide access to this information to all Americans.”

The Transparent-gov.com site is also accessible via mobile and has been optimized for the iPhone and the Android operating system.

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What's Inside

Oklahoma Department of Consumer Credit
salute_consumer_credit.jpg''We assist consumers daily by directing them to the appropriate ... agencies to resolve their concerns. We serve consumers and creditors through regulation, education, and protection.'' more

- Roy B. Hooper, 


Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors
salute_bladc.jpg"Oklahoma has some of the highest standards in the nation for alcohol and drug counselors... and we take pride in processing applications and other paperwork usually the same day that it is received in our office." 

- Richard Pierson,
Executive Director

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How Do I Get Free Weather Notifications Sent Directly to My Cell Phone or PDA?

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How Do I Find Reliable Child Care Services in the State of Oklahoma? 

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How Do I Find Swine Flu Information?

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Monday, May 25
(Memorial Day) 

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2009 Great American Cleanup in Oklahoma
Keep Oklahoma Beautiful 
March 01, 2009 - May 31, 2009 
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Bike to Work Day 2009
Association of Central Oklahoma Governments
May 1, 2009
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Free Government 101 class
May 4, 2009 at 6am
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Oklahoma City Spring Job Fair
Department of Commerce
May 19, 2009 
10am - 2pm 
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Tulsa Spring Job Fair
Department of Commerce
May 26, 2009 
10am - 2pm 
More Info

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