Nebraska has won a national award for the wide-spread use of technology by the state government.
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has awarded the state its State Technology Innovator award.
Gov. Dave Heineman says the state has tried to listen to citizens as it increases its digital offerings.
“We want to focus on services that our citizens want, not so much that we may want within government, but what is it they want?”
State Chief Information Officer Brenda Decker says not only has Nebraska put nearly all of state government on the web, it has become increasingly friendly for smart phone users, due to demand.
“So, we’re seeing a lot more requests for, ‘I’m carrying my smart phone, I want to be able to do all of this from my smart phone,’” Decker explains. “So, that’s probably one of the big areas of growth we’re starting to see.”
Decker says state government is listening and trying to keep up with smart phone users.
“Right now, what we’re concentrating on, mostly in the mobile area, are our Games and Parks and our DMV services, because those are the most popular for the mobile environment,” according to Decker.
Decker says Nebraska has unprecedented collaboration between state, university, local governments and public power.
Through this award, NASCIO strives to acknowledge state leaders, managers and employees who promote innovation, excellence and good government.
AUDIO: Gov. Heineman and Chief Information Officer Brenda Decker discuss technology award. [3:20]