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August 2014 eGovernment News Report

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Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt Received Award for Website Redesign

OKLAHOMA CITY - August 6, 2014 - Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s Office has received an award for Best Website Redesign from the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG). The award was presented at the recent CWAG summer conference.

The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office was honored for its commitment to expand the office’s web presence in a user-friendly manner.

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State Open Data Policies and Portals

Many state governments in the United States have begun to embrace open data as a way to encourage transparency and accountability, increase public participation, and promote economic growth. “Open data” refers to data that is made freely available without restrictions.States publish data sets on a wide variety of topics, such as education, health care, and public safety. By releasing open data, government agencies can foster data-driven innovation not only within government, but also among private-sector organizations and individuals who can make use of these data sets. The impact of releasing open data can be substantial. A 2013 McKinsey Global Institute report estimated that open data could add over $3 trillion annually in total value to the global economy.Yet for all of the evidence of economic and societal benefits from open data, states vary widely in the degree to which they have embraced the idea. This report provides a snapshot of state efforts to create open data policies and portals and ranks states on their progress. The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has named 33 state technology projects as finalists for its annual State IT Recognition Awards.

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Oklahoma Ranks High on National Report

OKLAHOMA CITY – According to a report released this week, Oklahoma state government leads the nation in opening up government data to public purview. The report, produced by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Data Innovation, ranks Oklahoma as one of the top six top scoring states for its open data policies.

Specifically, the report cites two pieces of legislation – House Bill 1086, enacted in 2011 and authored by state Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, and House Bill 2062, enacted in 2013 and authored by state Rep. David Derby, R-Owasso – as catalysts for the top ranking.

The report builds on the national recognition already directed at Oklahoma’s government modernization legislation. Earlier this year, Government Technology magazine highlighted the ongoing transparency and efficiency efforts.

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NASCIO names finalists for State IT

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has named 33 state technology projects as finalists for its annual State IT Recognition Awards.

The winners will be named later this year at NASCIO’s Annual Conference in Nashville, what will be the association’s 26th consecutive year honoring information technology achievements in the public sector.

The finalists, chosen from more than 100 projects nominated by NASCIO’s member states, territories and the District of Columbia, will compete in 11 different categories.

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