DENVER, Sept. 3 -- Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., issued the following news release:
Colorado ranks second in the nation when it comes to the use of information technology for its transportation and motor vehicle initiatives, according to a survey published today by the Digital States Survey.
The 2014 Digital States Survey identifies and promotes best and emerging practices in the public sector information technology (IT) community. The biennial survey grades states on multiple categories and determines an overall grade for each state's IT efforts in government.
"This national recognition is a testament to Colorado's momentum in innovation and the continued progress in making government efficient and effective," said Gov. John Hickenlooper. "It's great to see our collaborative spirit and commitment to finding creative solutions making a difference to our residents, our state and setting the example for the nation."
The survey found that Colorado's transportation IT initiatives were forward-thinking, innovative and effective. In particular the survey noted the following projects:
* The Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) completed upgrades to the Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT) Systems Applications and Products (SAP). The upgrades opened 22 new business functions and increased business capabilities and accounting project systems. This improved processes for CDOT business owners and customers.
* Colorado converted the Oversize and Overweight Permitting System to an online system that is integrated with the Colorado State Patrol with the port of entry monitoring. This greatly reduces costs, improves efficiency and highway safety.
* OIT and CDOT's use of Google Hangouts for video conferencing is innovative. Leveraging the features provided by Google Apps for Government, OIT worked with the Colorado Department of Transportation to test and implement Google Hangouts to create a video conference system used to communicate with CDOT's 3,000+ employees across the state. This has saved time and money by allowing CDOT employees to 'skip the trip' to headquarters while enabling easy, cost-effective communication and collaboration between regional CDOT locations throughout the state.
* The survey also noted national recognition ("White House Champion of Change for Transportation Innovation") that CDOT received in 2013 for "CDOT Mobile", an app that gives travelers real-time information on highway conditions, speeds and major traffic projects.
This year, Colorado's overall grade was a "B+", which by survey definition indicates that the state is trending up with its IT initiatives and shows positive results in many of the survey categories. That grade also indicates that Colorado's leaders are using modernization to change entrenched practices to attain more sustainable operations, and that key measurements are being used to quantify results. Colorado also received a "B+" in 2012.
The complete list of survey rankings for all 50 states can be found at www.centerdigitalgov.com.