NIC wins $30 million Texas contract

The Kansas City Star reports e-gov services provider NIC won a $30-$35 million contract from the Texas Department of Public Safety. The contract runs through August 2016 and includes “motor vehicle inspection-related services, criminal history records, concealed handgun regulations and salvage regulation.”

The Star also says “according to NIC, the work will require a ‘significant investment’ by the company to rebuild the state agency’s database.”

That’s one serious schema.

NIC wins contract, now manages half of U.S. state websites

NIC Inc. announced Tuesday it was awarded a 10-year contract to develop and maintain Oregon’s official website. The company, which will manage under a self-funded model requiring no public funding, now operates 25 state websites.

According to NIC, the company will focus on “expanding the library of online services for Oregon businesses and citizens, as well as enhancing the transparency, accessibility, and overall eGovernment experience in the state.”

From the press release:

The agreements require an investment by the Company to transition the state’s current payment processing system, as well as to rebuild and migrate hundreds of existing state agency websites and web applications from legacy systems during the first year. While the Company currently expects to begin generating revenues from the Oregon portal by the second half of 2012, it does not expect revenues to exceed the cost of portal revenues for the full 2012 fiscal year, as start-up costs are expected to be more dilutive to earnings than in other recent state portal engagements.

In September, NIC announced it was awarded the contract to maintain Delaware’s official website,

NIC awarded contract

“The First State” will become the twenty-fourth state website to be managed by e-government services firm NIC Inc.

NIC announced that its Dover-based subsidiary, Delaware Interactive, was awarded a three-year contract to develop and manage the Delaware state website, The contract includes three one-year renewals that extend through September 2017.

According to the announcement, “the state will pay Delaware Interactive an annual portal management fee. Delaware Interactive will also work with state agencies to develop new online services under the self-funded, transaction-based model.”

Earlier this month, Georgia awarded Phase2 Technology a contract to migrate and manage its web operations from the Vignette content management system to the open source platform Drupal.

Update: NIC said it will release financial details of the contract on November 3. Official RFP issued by Delaware is below.

State of Delaware Government Information Center: e-Government Project | Request for Proposal

Bing Bing: Re-designed goes live

With a bold background image of Delicate Arch and a search box front and center, the newly-designed borrows a page from Microsoft search engine Bing to help its residents find everything they need to know about their state government.

“Utahns are tech savvy and they expect their government to be the same,” said Utah Governor Gary Herbert in a press release announcing the updated design. “Economic development in the State has been a top priority and the new design focuses on utilizing the most innovative technology to better serve Utah citizens and business 24/7.”

The site was developed by Utah Interactive and NIC Inc., which manages 24 state Websites and a number of local and federal sites. According to an NIC representative via email, design for the new site began 18 months ago, with the first design sign-off 12 months later followed by a 6-month development process.

There’s an emphasis on location-specific search results with a “Near You” feature at the bottom of the page (ex: “There are 7 offices, 12 schools, 2 libraries, 1 park, and 4 public meetings in Park City”). While some of the site appears to still have legacy pages for various departments and agencies, makes great use of a universal navigation bar, which allows users to navigate easily through the site without feeling like they’re on a completely different Website. Open government and data geeks can easily access open data and visualizations.

According to the release, the site gets 1.2 million unique visitors a month and last year “processed more than 25.1 million secure electronic transactions through the official state website, mobile-optimized services, automated phone system, and point-of-purchase systems at retail outlets statewide.”

Update: See also Alex Howard’s review with updated coverage elsewhere.

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