NIC, AOL revamping Government Guide
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Aug 29, 2000
NIC and America Online Inc., are poised to announce a partnership to build
a national e-government guide for state government services and applications.
AOL's current Government Guide is being redesigned
and will be launched in mid-October with an enhanced navigational structure
and state government content provided by NIC, said Kevin Childress, chief
financial officer at the Overland Park, Kan.-based company.
"This will (allow) consumers and citizens to interface (with government)
in all 50 states, and it's free to taxpayers," Childress said, adding that
NIC, has application agreements with 23 states and portal partnerships with
12 states. "It will bring AOL's 65 million users to government which is
reflective of our philosophy."
The first phase of the new Government Guide will include access to civic
information and basic state government services. Future phases will include
enhanced transaction capabilities, including motor vehicle services, birth
certificate requests and tax payment applications.
"Government Guide has been so successful because we organize government
information according to the needs of our citizens," said Kathleen deLaski,
director of political and government programming at AOL. "We are happy to
work with NIC to expand access to e-government services to the state level
for our members."
The NIC-AOL agreement is for three years. The two companies will split
advertising revenues in half, while NIC will keep a "vast majority" of any
transaction fees but will pay Dulles, Va.-based AOL a "modest carriage and
promotion fee in cash and stock," Childress said.