Microsoft partnering to offer e-gov business apps

As if Microsoft Corp. hasn't had enough of government involvement in technology,

the company has partnered with e-government systems provider Carta Inc.

to build, market and distribute e-government applications for cities, states,

and municipalities across the country, the company announced at Monday's

Government Technology West conference in Sacramento, Calif.

E-government applications provide government services online.

Chris Roberts, chief executive officer and president of Carta, said

the Web is an ideal solution for government services, such as filing for

building permits online, issuing various licenses such as animal licenses,

renewing driver's licenses, applying for marriage certificates and requesting

copies of birth certificates.

Roberts said providing government forms online would benefit both citizens

and government agencies, which are overburdened and have problems hiring

the necessary technical staff.

"Most citizens who have dealt with government agencies find some of

the procedures to be cumbersome, the location hard to get to, and the hours

hard to work around. The Web offers citizens the ability to do business

with the government agency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," and as the population

continues to grow, reduces the need for more brick-and-mortar operations

and more personnel, Roberts said.

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