Colorado.gov, the Official State Website, Ranks 5th in the Country

A study completed by the Information Technology and Innovation
Foundation (ITIF) ranks state websites on four main criteria

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Colorado.gov has been ranked the 5th best primary state government
website in the country in a recent study done by the ITIF. The study
assessed websites based on four criteria: page-load speed, friendliness,
security, and accessibility. Colorado.gov scored highest in page-speed,
accessibility, and security. These four criteria were also used in the
bulk of the study; ranking each state on its web presence of their most
used e-services. The web pages for the following services were
components to a high scoring state: obtaining a driver’s license, tax
information, vital records, election information, business registration,
fishing or hunting licensing, and information on traffic citations. The
study rated each e-service site and combined that score with the score
of the primary state government website to develop the ranking of all 50
states. Impressively, Colorado, as a collection of state websites, also
ranked 5th in the country. “It is a great thing to see Colorado doing so
well in providing an online platform for resident-facing information and
services,” said Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) Executive
Director Jack Arrowsmith. “Our state values technology for transparency
and efficiency and we appreciate that we can partner with our strong
tech peers in the state to provide these effective services.”

One of the partnerships referred to is that of SIPA and Colorado
Interactive (CI), SIPA’s portal integrator. SIPA, the authority that
runs Colorado.gov, was founded in 2004 by Colorado statute and works
with CI to assist governments in putting information and services online
for residents. The portal primarily offers no-cost technologies based on
a self funded model to special districts, municipalities, counties, and
state agencies spread across Colorado. The SIPA/CI partnership provides
the state of Colorado with secure, responsive, and updated websites,”
said CI’s President and General Manager, Mike Ansley. “The partnership
provides valuable resources that all municipalities and governments
across Colorado should leverage.”

Notable Colorado website mentions were the Colorado.gov/tax site ranking
3rd in state tax websites, the Colorado site for election information
(5th place), and the Colorado site for traffic citations (5th place).
SIPA provides no-cost payment processing, websites, and customized
online forms to entities across the state.

About SIPA

Established in 2004 by the Colorado General Assembly, the Statewide
Internet Portal Authority
(SIPA) is a self-funded government
organization created to be Colorado’s single most comprehensive delivery
channel for electronic government (eGovernment) services. SIPA
strives to accelerate the adoption of efficient and effective electronic
government services by placing more government information and services
online to benefit the residents of Colorado. In addition to no-cost
websites, payment processing, and event registration setup, SIPA
provides SaaS technology solutions, consulting, and cyber security
assessments. For more information about SIPA,
please visit www.colorado.gov/sipa.

About Colorado Interactive

Colorado Interactive (CI) is the team behind the official website of the
state of Colorado (http://www.colorado.gov)
and is overseen by the Statewide
Internet Portal Authority
. The portal operates through a
public-private partnership between the state and CI to help Colorado
government entities web-enable their services. CI builds, operates,
maintains, and markets Colorado.gov and is part of the digital
government firm, NIC
(Nasdaq: EGOV).

About NIC

NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation’s premier provider of innovative
digital government solutions and secure payment processing, which help
make government interactions more accessible for everyone through
technology. The family of NIC companies has developed a library of more
than 13,000 digital government services for more than 5,500 federal,
state, and local government agencies. Among these solutions is the
ground-breaking personal assistant for government, Gov2Go, delivering
citizens personalized reminders and a single platform for all government
interactions. More information is available at www.egov.com.

Contacts

Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority
Beth Justice,
720-409-5636
Sales & Marketing Manager
beth@cosipa.gov

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