The state of Rhode Island will be continuing its outsourced e-government agreement with Providence-based Rhode Island Interactive, LLC. Following a competitive bid process, the state awarded the company a three-year contract that includes renewals, which could extend the agreement to July 2019. The new contract went into effect on July 1, 2014, and was approved by the Rhode Island Department of Administration.
“One of my top priorities has been to modernize state government, while simultaneously creating a more open and transparent government,” Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee said. “Rhode Island Interactive has provided solid support on numerous projects, including the launch of my Transparency Portal. Our team looks forward to continuing to receive Rhode Island Interactive’s support as we continue to build a more efficient and open government presence online.”
As with the original contract signed in 2001, Rhode Island Interactive will continue to provide e-government services using a transaction-funded solution. This model provides e-government services to the state without using appropriated taxpayer budget dollars.
“The team at Rhode Island Interactive has helped us deliver efficient online services to the people of Rhode Island,” said Thom Guertin, Rhode Island chief digital officer. “This partnership has resulted in thousands of e-commerce transactions to make doing business with the State simpler and quicker for all Rhode Islanders. We look forward to building on our success to offer new services in a streamlined fashion to all businesses and citizens of Rhode Island.”
In its 13-year partnership with the state, Rhode Island Interactive has worked with more than 45 state agencies, boards, commissions, and local governments to deliver convenient online services. Currently, the company manages over 100 interactive services. A member of the NIC Inc. family of companies, the company has developed a variety of online services, websites and mobile applications for the state, including online drivers license and registration renewals, an enterprise business tax filing system and both salt and freshwater fishing licenses.
“For more than a decade we have worked to provide ground-breaking eGovernment services to the people of Rhode Island,” said Harry Herington, NIC CEO and chairman. “We will not waiver from that focus, and appreciate the continued confidence that the state has placed in NIC.”
The RI.gov portal has been named as one of the top ten state government websites seven times in the past eight years in the Best of the Web awards conducted through the Center for Digital Government.
RI.gov (http://www.RI.gov) is Rhode Island’s homepage and official Web site, a collaborative effort between the state of Rhode Island and Rhode Island Interactive. The RI.gov Web site and online services are developed and maintained by Rhode Island Interactive, a Providence-based part of eGovernment firm NIC’s (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies.