Washington, D.C., September 20, 2001 – Three Accenture clients, California’s eProcurement system – CAL-Buy, New Mexico’s eChild Support Enforcement Web site and North Carolina’s Classes Online Web page template, won recognition awards from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). These awards honor outstanding achievements in the field of information technology.
Overall, 117 nominations from 30 states were submitted for consideration in nine categories. The winning Accenture clients are:
CAL-Buy – California’s eProcurement system won the Digital Government award, which recognizes an innovative program that uses the Internet to provide information to and conduct transactions with citizens and businesses. CAL-Buy automates the state’s order and approval process while using the Internet to link buyers to existing state government contracts. Since the launch in March of 2001, more than $6 million has flowed through the CAL-Buy system as the California Highway Patrol, California Department of Transportation and the Department of General Services purchased goods electronically via CAL-Buy.
- New Mexico eChild Support – This web site, http://childsupport.hsd.state.nm.us, the nation’s first eChild Support Solution, won the Service Applications award, honoring a governmental application that provides outstanding service to citizens. The eChild Support Enforcement system is the nation’s first fully interactive child support site, allowing parents to manage their own cases through online communication with government. Web site features include the ability to monitor payment status and account balances, apply for services, authorize child support payments to be automatically deposited into the citizen’s bank account and provide information regarding the whereabouts of a non-custodial parent.
- North Carolina Classes Online – This Web page template won the Accessibility award for providing expanded access to and independent use of information technology by people with disabilities. The NC Classes Online program offers a customized Web page template for teachers, helping them design and build their own classroom Web sites. The completed classroom Web pages use alternate text for graphics and are screen-reader compatible, making the site accessible to those with disabilities. Students and parents – including those with disabilities, can access the classroom sites through the state portal for easy viewing.
“We are pleased and honored that NASCIO is recognizing these Accenture clients as leaders in innovative eGovernment service delivery, and we congratulate them for leading the next wave of eGovernment,” said Rob Berton, Accenture partner, USA Government practice. “It is a pleasure to work with such motivated clients who make the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars while delivering outstanding public services.”
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