Utah IT projects get nod from governor

Utah's new government World Wide Web portal, the state's Y2K project team and a host of other technology-related state programs were recognized last week by Gov. Mike Leavitt when he presented the 1999 Governor's Chief Information Officer Awards for Information and Technology Project Excellence.

The 11 award winners exemplify best practices in the design and implementation of IT systems to promote quality in state government, and are recognized for providing effective and efficient services for Utah citizens, Leavitt said.

The winners are:

* The Department of Human Services new E-Chart information system, a comprehensive patient care information system developed by the Utah State Development Center and the Utah State Hospital.

* Utah's Y2K Project, which reported no difficulties during the rollover and included all state agencies and political subdivisions.

* The Department of Environmental Quality's One Stop Reporting System, which puts environmental information online for government agencies and citizens. It will soon allow businesses to report environmental data online and access information on environmental permits.

* The Contributions Automated Tax System, developed by the Department of Workforce Service. The CATS team automated the unemployment tax payment and reporting systems used by the state's business community.

* Utah's new Internet home page, e-Utah, which simplified Internet access to state government information and services, providing a single online portal to state government at www.e-utah.org or www.state.ut.us.

* The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's Retail Point of Sale System. The award was given to the ABC project team that developed a new point-of-sale-based, enterprisewide information system that supports the state's retail liquor store operations, warehousing operations and liquor regulatory functions.

* The Utah Department of Transportation's Ports of Entry systems, which improve the efficiency of permitting, regulatory, and safety inspections of commercial trucks traveling in Utah.

* The Department of Human Services' Data Warehouse, whose project team developed a system that gives department caseworkers access to all information about DHS services provided to clients.

* The Utah Education Network's Network Fusion project, which involved a new "network fusion" strategy combining delivery of voice, video, and data to Utah schools.

* The Utah Prosecution Council's Prosecutor Dialog Case Management System, a criminal prosecution case management system developed by the state and used by Utah cities, counties, and the State Attorney General's office.

* The Department of Administrative Services' Inner Web, the state's new intranet, a secure Web resource for in-house use by state employees for processing employee-related information, internal policy communications, department/division communications and more.

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