|[November 03, 2004]
Kansas Secretary of State's Online Services Recognized in Nationwide Competition
TOPEKA, Kan. --(Business Wire)-- Nov. 3, 2004 -- The Kansas Secretary of State's eGovernment Web services are gaining national attention. The state's suite of online Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) services was named a finalist for government-to-business online applications in the 2004 Best of the Web competition for Digital Government Achievement.
The 2004 Best of the Web competition was conducted by the Center for Digital Government, an international research and advisory institute on the use of information technology in government. Now in its ninth year, Best of the Web evaluates government Web sites based on their innovation, Web-based delivery of public services, efficiency, economy, and functionality. The Digital Government Achievement Awards recognize outstanding agency and department services that enhance how governments interact and transact business online with constituents.
"Our Digital Government Achievement Award recognizes the advancements being made in increasing the convenience and efficiency of Kansas services through accessKansas," said Ron Thornburgh, Kansas Secretary of State.
The Kansas Secretary of State and accessKansas, the state's official Web site (www.accessKansas.org), created the suite of online UCC services to increase the speed of services, increase accuracy, and decrease costs for businesses and the state. The Uniform Commercial Code is a law that covers virtually all business transactions. A UCC filing is a notice of a legal record of a lien on collateral, and UCCs in Kansas are filed with the Secretary of State.
Banks, businesses that file UCCs, and attorneys involved with liens are primary users of the state's online UCC services. The Kansas UCC services have evolved during the past decade. At first, the Internet allowed customers to view information electronically. Users were then able to search for documents, and electronic filing functionality was added nearly a decade ago. The UCC notification system now initiates contact with government customers and prompts action for a variety of reasons, including amendments, continuations, debtor name changes, terminations, and impending expirations of filings.
The state's online UCC services can be accessed directly at https://www.accesskansas.org/eucc/index.html.
accessKansas is the official Web site of the state of Kansas (www.accesskansas.org) and a service of the Information Network of Kansas, the agency providing electronic solutions for the state. Kansas Information Consortium, a wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC Inc. (Nasdaq: EGOV), is the network manager for accessKansas.
NIC manages more eGovernment services than any provider in the world. The company helps government communicate more effectively with citizens and businesses by putting essential services online. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for 1,500 state and local agencies that serve more than 51 million people in the United States. Additional information is available at www.nicusa.com.
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