Texas.gov Takes 4th Place in 2016 Best of the Web Competition

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Award marks seventh straight year that Texas finishes in the top 10

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Texas.gov,
the official website of the State of Texas, is pleased to announce the
portal’s fourth-place ranking in the 2016 Center for Digital Government
“Best of the Web” (BOW) competition. After introducing the first-ever
single-page state portal in 2015, which elegantly streamlined access to
government services and information for constituents, Texas.gov
continues to use insights from web analytics and social media
interactions to hone in on the user journey. Keeping the highly lauded
one-page design intact, this year’s additions to the Texas.gov portal
focus on cultivating an even more personal, transparent, and social
experience for users.

New features on this year’s portal include:

  • The ability for users to select a visual design theme from options
    including Texas Americana” – a nostalgic, distinctive take on
    some unique visages of Texas; “Texas City Lights” – a modern,
    high-contrast view of Texas cityscapes at night; and “Texas State
    Symbols” – a showcase of the state flower, animal, flag, bird, and
    tree;
  • A dedicated Open Data section, located in the website footer and
    accessible via texas.gov/opendata,
    which provides related information and resources and a link to data.texas.gov,
    the State’s Open Data Portal. Additional open data listings are also
    available in the “Find It” tab on the right-hand side of the page, and;
  • A powerful content aggregation tool that curates and displays social
    media streams for Texas.gov and Texas government agencies in order to
    drive user engagement, two-way communication, and improved customer
    service.

The Texas.gov program also continues to be instrumental in driving
digital government efficiencies in Texas. As a self-funded
public-private partnership, the program provides tremendous value to the
State and its constituents. In 2015, the program securely processed more
than 45 million transactions worth $1.3 billion, and contributed $29.2
million in new revenue to the Texas General Fund.

Consumer Alert: In order to safely process government business
online, beware of unofficial, look-alike websites operated by private
organizations that may charge unnecessary fees for State services or
information. Instead, make sure to use official website, http://www.texas.gov,
or an official state agency website to complete your online transaction.
To access an official state website, enter the URL in the address bar at
the top of your Internet browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Mozilla
Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.) instead of entering the address in a
search engine bar (e.g. Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.). Also, look for the
“.gov” or “.state.tx.us” extension, which will be present in all
official Texas state government website URLs.

About Texas.gov

Texas.gov is the official website of the State of Texas (www.texas.gov),
and is a collaborative public-private partnership managed by the Texas
Department of Information Resources (DIR). Texas.gov
helps state and local government entities web-enable their services, and
operates without tax funds through a partnership between the State of
Texas and Texas NICUSA, LLC (Texas NIC). Texas NIC builds, operates,
maintains, and markets Texas.gov, and is part of digital government firm
NIC’s family of companies. Since its launch in 2000, Texas.gov has
securely processed more than 288 million financial transactions and has
collected more than $33 billion on behalf of participating entities.

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation’s leading provider of
innovative digital government solutions and secure payment processing,
which help make government more accessible to everyone through
technology. The family of NIC companies provides digital government
solutions for more than 4,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the
United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small
Companies in America” six times, and the company has been included four
times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.

Contacts

Texas Department of Information Resources
Elliott Sprehe,
512-475-4704
elliott.sprehe@dir.texas.gov