Iowa Internet strategy earns award

Vice President Al Gore bestowed Iowa with the Hammer award for its IOWAccess Internet strategy, which gives state residents greater access to information services and provides connections to federal, state and local governments.

In announcing the award, which was presented to Iowa's chief information officer, Rich Varn, Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson touted the initiative as an example of technology streamlining the government process. "The IOWAccess initiative illustrates how Iowa can use technology to make government work better for taxpayers."

It is the first time Iowa has won a Hammer award, which was established by Gore in recognition of government teams who show innovation by putting customers first, empowering employees, cutting red tape or achieving results Americans care about.

IOWAccess consists of 14 project teams and 270 state, federal and local government employees focused on improving customer service by connecting Iowans with their government via the Internet.

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