Texas New eGovernment Portal

07 August 2009 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

Only July 31, 2009 the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) signed a contract with NIC to manage TexasOnline 2.0 for 7 years. As outside counsel to DIR this contract this was a rewarding conclusion to a 17 month process to succeed the current TexasOnline contract which was signed in 2000. TexasOnline currently has more than 2.4 million visitors monthly and processed over $12 billion in transactions. “The new contract calls for maintaining these services and enhancing TexasOnline with new services and “next-generation” Web design and Web 2.0 tools to give citizens easier access to government services.”

DIR’s Plan

Brian Rawson, executive director of DIR and Texas’ Chief Technology Officer said that we “... are pleased that Texas NICUSA will enhance the public-private partnership that is already providing a robust group of services to Texans. The exceptional track record of success, proven leadership and the legacy of innovation NIC brings to the project will strengthen the state’s ability to serve citizens, and set TexasOnline apart as the most successful state Web portal in the nation.”

Who is NIC?

NIC provides eGovernment portal solutions in 23 states and for more than 3,000 federal, state, and local agencies that serve 97 million people in the United States. NIC succeeds BearingPoint who operated TexasOnline since 2000, and many of the individuals who made TexasOnline a great success will work with NIC to develop TexasOnline 2.0.

eFiling in Texas Courts

As Chair of the Texas Supreme Court Judicial Committee on Information Technology (JCIT) from 1997 until July, 2009 one project that provided significant benefits to the Texas Courts was the implementation of eFiling in Texas trial courts. TexasOnline has been the Electronic Filing Manager for that project, and currently has more than 25,000 filings each month. Mike Griffith (Senior Manager for the eFiling Project at NIC) has done an outstanding job managing eFiling for TexasOnline for many years. Earlier this year Mike and I participated in webcasts for the State Bar of Texas entitled: “E-Filing in Texas Courts: How to Save Time and Money

I am very honored and privileged to represent Brian Rawson and DIR and pleased that I was able to assist Texas in helping construct the RFO and negotiate the 7 year contract in support of the effort to build TexasOnline 2.0, and am certain that the citizens of Texas will be the beneficiaries.

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