New Hampshire preps for e-gov
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Apr 05, 2001
With an information technology report just finished and its state Web portal
redesigned, New Hampshire soon will tackle a series of e-government initiatives.
Pamela Walsh, spokeswoman for Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, said the new portal (www.state.nh.us) is easier for citizens to use because it's organized by
services rather than agencies. Walsh said along with the portal, the state
unveiled another Web site (www.nheconomy.com)
geared at the business community.
Walsh said a 26-member commission composed of business, education,
community and state agency representatives appointed by Shaheen recommended
expanding online state services. The group also looked into how citizens
can have access to digital services while safeguarding their privacy.
As a result, Walsh said the state would introduce a number on electronic
services this summer, including online purchasing of hunting and fishing
licenses; a vital records database of birth, death and marriage certificates;
and a Department of Environmental Services initiative to provide information
on 20,000 regulated facilities and sites.
She said Shaheen also wants to create a $1 million venture fund so that
state agencies could apply for e-government projects. An Information Technology
Advisory Council would coordinate the effort and oversee implementation
of other commission recommendations, which include:
* Developing statewide policies and methods for topics such as security,
payments, digital signatures and data retrieval.
* Sharing best practices, including forming a technical resource center
to be a "locus" of Internet expertise to ensure staff is current on practices
* Being more proactive on the portal by preparing annual reports on
to be monitored by a single organization; and educate the public and state
employees about privacy issues and efforts.