Kansas.gov has launched a redesigned version of the state’s official website. Developed at no cost to the state through a unique self-funded model, the new Kansas.gov site, http://www.Kansas.gov, benefits from a number of enhancements including a fresh look and feel, content reorganization, and integration of new technologies.
“I am very pleased to offer this valuable resource to Kansans at no cost to the taxpayers,” said Governor Sam Brownback. “It is important for Kansans to have online access to services that improve the way they interact with government. With this updated site, Kansans and visitors alike are able to easily connect with the information they need.”
The portal’s overall content theme aligns with Governor Brownback’s “Roadmap for Kansas.” Core components of the visual strategy include vibrant photos submitted by users that represent the beauty of Kansas and intentionally restrained use of graphics.
The project, developed in cooperation with several key state agencies, focused on providing a streamlined interface for users who visit the site through mobile devices, such as smart phones or tablets.
“The Kansas state portal has made a dramatic move this year to accommodate the rapidly growing shift in user access to government information using mobile technology,” said Jim Hollingsworth, the Executive Director of the Information Network of Kansas. “It is vital that we continue to expand the number and utility of the services we offer and provide them to Kansans in the manner they want and they expect.”
For more than 20 years, Kansas has been a leader in producing award-winning eGovernment services. In 1990 legislation was passed authorizing the creation of the Information Network of Kansas, Inc (INK). In 1991, INK awarded Kansas Information Consortium, LLC, the network manager contract and began eGovernment operations.
This public-private relationship helps Kansas government entities Web-enable their information services. Currently, INK provides online services for over 50 state agencies and over 200 local governments in Kansas, such as court record searches, professional licensing, income tax filing, business registration, auto tag renewal and many more. The portal operates on the following fundamentals:
- Provide increased access to multiple entities with Kansas state, county, and municipal entities.
- Demonstrate the perceived value of collaboration with state portal to state, county, and local governments.
- Develop expanded data distribution mechanisms to citizens, business, and state and local entities.
- Implement an infrastructure environment to accommodate maximum scalability, security, recoverability, and availability.
- Maintain a highly secure environment to attain compliance with applicable industry standards.
About the Office of the Governor
Governor Sam Brownback, elected in 2011, serves as the chief executive of the State of Kansas. Governor Brownback and Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. are committed to working with Kansas business and community leaders from across the state as well as current and former state legislators to craft Kansas solutions. Their “Road Map for Kansas” is a detailed plan to Grow the State’s Economy; Excel in Education; Reform State Government; and Protect Kansas Families.
The Information Network of Kansas Inc., (INK) is responsible for the oversight of the development of the official website for the state of Kansas, Kansas.gov. The portal operates through a public-private relationship between INK and the Kansas Information Consortium, LLC, to help Kansas government entities Web-enable their information services. The Kansas Information Consortium, LLC builds, operates, maintains and markets Kansas.gov and is part of eGovernment firm NIC’s (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies.
Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation’s leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company’s innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” five times, most recently ranked at No.11 (2013), and the company has been included three times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.