Arkansas Secretary of State Wins Coveted Achievement Award

Agency recognized for digital automation that has saved the state $124,212

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--()--Arkansas Secretary of State (SOS) this week won a prestigious Digital Government Achievement Award (DGAA) from the Center for Digital Government. The agency received the award in the Government-to-Business category for its Corporation Filings Automation Project, which automates a paper-centric process and has saved the state an estimated $124,212 in its first year of use.

The annual DGAA competition honors outstanding government agency websites and applications that push the boundaries of innovation. Thirty-four awards in eight categories were given this year to recognize the best of thousands of entries from government agencies and departments worldwide.

“Our goal is to offer all government business services online and allow companies to interact with the state wherever they are, at any time of day,” SOS Director of Business & Commercial Services Daryl Bassett said. “This award highlights one of many examples where we are transforming government and using technology to serve businesses with unprecedented efficiency. We are extremely proud of the online systems we have created with our partner INA, and the time and cost savings we are delivering to taxpayers because of them.”

The award-winning Corporation Filings Automation Project files thousands of submitted electronic forms without the need for paper copies or manual data entry. Automation has dramatically streamlined operations for the SOS office and saved a considerable amount of staff time and money. As a result, SOS is freeing up an estimated 2,064 staff hours, eliminating 72,144 sheets of paper and saving more than $20,500 in postage costs. These operational improvements will continue to increase as more corporation filings forms are integrated into the system each year.

About Center for Digital Government
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. For more information, visit www.GovTech.com/CDG.

About INA
The Information Network of Arkansas is a public-private partnership between the state of Arkansas and the Arkansas Information Consortium that helps state government entities Web-enable their information services. Arkansas.gov is the official website of the state of Arkansas and a service of the Information Network of Arkansas offering more than 1,200 state and local online services. Little Rock-based AIC is part of eGovernment firm NIC’s (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies.

About NIC
Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” five times, most recently ranked at No. 11 (2013), and the company has been included four times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.

Contacts

Information Network of Arkansas
Amy Sawyer, 501-324-8913
asawyer@ark.org
or
Arkansas Secretary of State
Daryl Bassett, 501-682-3409
daryl.bassett@sos.arkansas.gov

Release Summary

Arkansas Secretary of State this week won a prestigious Digital Government Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Government for its Corporation Filing Automation Project.

Contacts

Information Network of Arkansas
Amy Sawyer, 501-324-8913
asawyer@ark.org
or
Arkansas Secretary of State
Daryl Bassett, 501-682-3409
daryl.bassett@sos.arkansas.gov