Idaho launches new Internet site
- By Daniel Keegan
- May 11, 2000
Idaho launched a new state World Wide Web site last week, a portal for access
to many electronic government services.
Access Idaho, www.accessidaho.org, replaces the state's old site and
is designed to provide e-government services for state and local government.
No e-government services are offered now, but many are planned.
"The portal was designed to move forward, so citizens and business can
use the site and use e-government applications," said Access Idaho's general
manager Scott Somerhalder.
Somerhalder said the department is holding meetings with state agencies
to look at possible e-government applications. Some that are planned include
state business searches, well-drilling permits and fuel tax applications.
"Our priority [is] the services that will have the biggest impact,"
The Web portal is designed to be the central site for all government
services, so residents can easily find what they are looking for instead
of having to search agencies' individual Web sites.
Currently, the site offers a calendar where all agency meetings will
be posted. Users will be able to search the calendar by date or agency.
A "How Do I?" function serves as a keyword search for frequently asked questions,
posted by individual agencies.
Idaho collaborated on the site with the Idaho Information Consortium,
a subsidiary of the National Information Consortium, which provides similar
portals to various other states.