Technology Awards 2001

Maine Ranks #3 in Best of the Web (September, 2001)
The Center for Digital Government rated Maine's portal third behind California and Pennsylvania in their annual Best of the Web contest. Perennial winner's Virginia and the State of Washington followed Maine. Maine's submission was rated against a total of 396 state and local government entries. The sites were judged for their innovation, use of online technology to deliver government services, efficiency, economy and ease of access. Last year Maine received honorable mention but improvements to the site allowed us to leapfrog several states to win this prestigious award. The Governor held a press conference on September 6th to tout this significant achievement. [More Information]

Maine Ranks #3 in Digital State Survey for Management/Administration Category (October, 2001)
The Center for Digital Government ranked Maine third in the nation for its management and administrative policies related to technology and eGovernment. The Center found that key elements in this category include "an empowered CIO, a decision-making organization or commission, the implementation of statewide architecture and the rollout of intergovernmental projects that include a "no-wrong-door" portal for citizens." [More Information]

Brown University Study Rates Maine #1 in Website Accessibility (September, 2001)
The State and Federal E-Government in the United States, 2001 study by Brown University rated Maine's state web sites first in accessibility. Quoting from the report, "When looking at disability access by individual states, it is clear there is tremendous variation in the percentage of each state's sites that are accessible. The states doing the best job on disability access are Maine (60 percent of their sites are accessible), Illinois (58%), Minnesota (54%), the U.S. Federal Government (53%), and Connecticut (48%)." [More Information]

Maine Receives #2 Ranking in Digital State Survey for Electronic Commerce Category (August, 2001)
The Center for Digital Government ranked Maine second in the nation for development of eGovernment services and availability of online forms. [More Information]

Maine Ties for Second Place in Digital State Survey for Social Services Category (June, 2001)
The Center for Digital Government awarded Maine a score of 95.83 points out of 100 for its electronic delivery of social services. The survey rating reflected Maine's changes in child support payment collection. "Maine officials initiated an automated collection system in 1990, when approximately $38.2 million was received. Each year, collection efforts showed significant increase to amount to $92.7 million in fiscal year 2000." [More Information]