Utah's CIO Updates E-Utah Project and PlanIT Program

Utah's electronic gateway initiative, which will provide an online portal for citizen access to government services, is underway after the selection of a vendor in May, according to Dave Moon, Utah's chief information officer.

The project, called E-Utah, will include a redesign of the state's World Wide Web site set to be finished in mid-August, a statewide calendar and press release system and real-time access to driver record information for insurance and rental car companies, Moon said last week.

"This is an ongoing initiative for a central coordination of efforts to move government services online," Moon said. "The project will never be 'done,' but the first application involving the driver record information should be going live by the end of July because it had a limited set of customers [insurance and rental companies] and is easier to bring it up quickly."

Utah Interactive Inc., a subsidiary of the National Information Consortium, will act as the gateway and network manager to develop applications and assist state agencies in moving their services online. NIC has helped Indiana, Kansas and Arkansas with similar projects.

Last month, Gov. Michael Leavitt (R) created the Utah Electronic Commerce Council, which will act as the oversight and advisory board for the E-Utah project and state agencies' electronic commerce activities. The council will include representatives from the business and consumer sectors, the CIO's office, state agencies and Al Sherwood, the state electronic commerce coordinator.

Future plans for the E-Utah project include more applications for specific customers such as the trucking industry and online payment and billing options for social services. "Our goal is to accelerate the number of things citizens can do with the government online," Moon said. "This can be the catalyst for all agencies attempting to meet that goal."

Moon also reported that "PlanIT," the new IT portfolio management system for tracking IT projects and plans by state agencies, was up and running as of last month. The new PlanIT system streamlines the process for IT managers in agencies across the state to submit plans and projects for review and approval electronically. The old system was electronic, but segmented, as opposed to the new Web-based product, Moon said.

PlanIT also allows agencies to better track actual IT budget costs vs. budget forecasts by automatically referencing information from the state financial system for IT projects, FINET. Beginning in fiscal 2000, agencies must use the CIO office's Risk/Value Assessment Mode for all IT project plans submitted through the online system.

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