BOISE, ID - Idaho's official website, accessidaho.org has been named the "MVP - Best All-Around State Government Website" by the Council of State Governments (CSG). The organization presented its national "Eagle E-Government Leadership Award to the State of Idaho, the Department of Administration, and accessidaho.org during its annual meeting in Dearborn, Michigan on Saturday, December 9.
Governor Dirk Kempthorne is President-Elect of CSG presented the awards to the top state recipients at a special CSG state recognition luncheon, honoring innovation in technology and electronic government. Bill Farnsworth, Department of Administration, accepted the award on behalf of the State of Idaho and Access Idaho staff.
According to Pam Ahrens, Chairman of the Information Technology Resource Management Council, and Director of the Department of Administration, the CSG award caps a year of national attention focusing on Idaho state government agencies and their progress in efficiently delivering government services and information electronically.
The CSG's "Eagle" E-Government Leadership Award program consists of two "Eagle" national awards focusing on best practices by state governments in utilizing the Internet. The State of Pennsylvania will join Idaho in the national spotlight with its award acknowledging "Best Innovation" (recognizing service delivery via the Internet for state governments).
Each year award program analysts receive approximately 200 applications. In addition to being honored at the awards luncheon, representatives of the two top winning states in the Eagle Award competition are invited to discuss their respective programs and/or websites by participating in a "Best Practices" panel discussion that afternoon. Winners are showcased in CSG publications, such as State Innovations Briefs and State Government News and on CSG's webpage, Statesnews.
This past September, the State of Idaho received positive rankings as part of its participation in the "Digital States Survey", a four-part study exploring eight areas of technology application in all 50 states. The Progress and Freedom Foundation, the Center for Digital Government, and Government and Technology Magazine, conducted the study. Idaho was ranked 13th in the nation overall, for technology progress in electronic commerce, taxation/revenue; social services, law enforcement and the courts; digital democracy, management/administration; higher education and K-12 education.
Contact: Pat Wynn 208-332-1827
Idaho Department of Administration