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A Publication Featuring The Information Services Technology of Maine State Government
|Volume V, Issue 10||October 2002|
By Harry Lanphear, Chief Information Officer
"Websites are moving into a new era of e-government services according to officials who judged over 350 entries received in this years Best of the Web Awards. From on-line services that offer greater convenience for citizens to internal efficiencies created by sharing technologies among government agencies, the 2002 Best of the Web winners demonstrate the power of the government portal. Cathelia Robinett, Executive Director for the Center for Digital Government said, "Government portals are truly becoming the citizen gateway to services as sites become more robust and easier to navigate. This year's competition was extremely tough especially in the state site category with all sites in the top five being models for the country".
The websites were judged by representatives from the Center for Digital Government, Government Technology magazine, Public Technology Inc. (PTI), State Technologies Inc., and the 2001 Best of the Web Contest winners from California and New York City on innovation, functionality, efficiency, participation and economy. Maine placed ahead of several large states that are considered leaders in this area, including Pennsylvania and Washington.
Thanks go to InforME who led the work on the latest redesign to the site, as well as the Governors Office, Secretary of States Office, and all the technology managers, webmasters and others who devote their time to make our portal and e-government services customer focused and user friendly.