September 23, 2010 Governor's Office
State Web Site www.Maine.gov Ranked in Top 4 for the Past 11 Years
AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine State Web Portal, www.Maine.gov has once again clinched a high placement as one of the best state government Web portals of 2010. Maine also received two prestigious awards for online state government services chosen for their innovation and effectiveness.
Maine.gov received a fourth-place ranking from the Center for Digital Government in its annual Best of the Web competition. Government Web sites are evaluated based on their innovation, Web-based delivery of public services, efficiency, economy and functionality. This award marks ten top-four placements for Maine.gov in the competition since 2000, a record held by no other state in the country.
“I am proud that the State’s Web site has continued to evolve and grow to meet the needs of Maine taxpayers to navigate the vast array of information and resources provided by State government, and to make accessing services easier,” said Governor Baldacci. “Maine continues to raise the bar on government transparency and accountability.”
Maine.gov is the portal to more than 300,000 pages of state government content and 450 online services. In 2009, Maine.gov received 218 million page views. Maine.gov helps users find information, complete tasks, and stay informed with tools such as multimedia, mobile services, email alerts, Facebook, Twitter, and RSS.
“We are honored that Maine has been recognized again this year in the Best of the Web competition,” said Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, who serves as the Chair of Maine’s InforME Board overseeing Maine.gov. “It continues to be a high priority for us to maintain Maine.gov as an excellent online resource for the public.” In addition to the Best of the Web competition, Maine received two Digital Government Achievement Awards: Government-to-government category: Maine was recognized for the Maine Recovery Act (ARRA) Electronic Reporting Solution. This solution was developed by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and InforME in response to the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) stimulus funding law and its requirements for state reporting. It provides a way for state agencies to report their ARRA project details and expenditures to a centralized database; generates the necessary files for electronic federal reporting; and provides transparency through a dynamic public website (www.Maine.gov/recovery/).
“The success of this project required collaboration by many agencies. Through this solution, the state has been able to submit the required reports to the federal government on time and in full compliance,” said Administrative and Finance Commissioner Ellen Schneiter. “In addition, all of the data is available to the public in a transparent and user-friendly way.”
Government-to-business category: Maine also received an award for the Maine TankSmart online service developed by the Department of Environmental Protection in partnership with InforME. TankSmart (www.Maine.gov/online/tanksmart/) is a free online service that provides training and certification for operators of underground oil storage facilities.
"Properly trained operators of underground petroleum storage tanks are the first line of defense for detecting and responding to evidence of a release. The TankSmart program provides easy access via the Internet to training that is free to Maine businesses. The training assists operators in preventing releases that can have harmful effects on Maine's valued water resources and the health of the neighboring community," said Acting DEP Commissioner Beth Nagusky.