Govolution goes after local market

Govolution, an application service provider that specializes in online transaction

services for government, has formed an advisory board that includes public-

and private-sector heavyweights.

With many federal clients onboard, Govolution is hoping the new advisory

board, announced in August, will help the company branch out into the state

and local government arenas, said Jonathan Prince, Govolution's chairman

and chief executive officer.

Julian Bond, chairman of the board of directors of the National Association

for the Advancement of Colored People, and William Kristol, editor and publisher

of the Weekly Standard, will lead the advisory board. Members include:

* James Rubin, former assistant secretary and spokesperson for the State

Department.

* Emanuel Cleaver, former mayor of Kansas City, Mo.

* William O'Farrell, chief executive officer of OpenAir.com Inc. and

chairman of SpeechWorks International.

Govolution integrates its RapidRelay technology into existing government

Web sites to provide citizens and businesses with online payment capabilities

for items such as building permits, business licenses, property taxes and

license renewals.

The ASP system is financed via license fees and exceeds standards set

by the Treasury Department for security, privacy and reliability, Prince

said.

The Washington, D.C.-based company's federal clients include the departments

of Education, Defense, Justice and Interior, the U.S. Census Bureau and

the Federal Communications Commission.

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