Prince George's County is a Top 10 Digital County
Prince George's County | 7/26/2010, 8:11 p.m.
COUNTY PLACES 2nd IN THE NATION
Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson announced today that Prince George's County government was awarded second in the nation for using technology to achieve operating efficiencies and strategic objectives, amid the nation's current economic challenges.
Johnson said, while remaining committed to technology services throughout county government, digital services to citizen were expanded providing more prevalent opportunities for citizen engagement.
" Prince George 's County Government aggressively improving its ranking for three consecutive years, is evidence of our commitment in using technology to enhance government services and as a result assisted in providing a great quality of life for our citizens," Johnson said.
Republic's Center for Digital Government (Center) Digital Communities program highlights the best examples of how information and communication technology (ICT) are used to support and provide public service through its annual Digital Counties Survey.
The annual study by the Center and the National Association of Counties (NACo), selected Prince George 's County Government as 2nd place among the top 10 counties nationally in the 2010 Digital Counties Survey for exemplary electronic services to their public in the category of counties with 500,000 or more in population.
"Across America counties continue working to balance their local priorities with new responsibilities passed to them from the federal and state governments" said NACo Executive Director Larry E. Naake. "The Digital Counties Survey identifies the very best examples of how counties are aligning technology to support strategic priorities and create crucial operational and administrative efficiencies."
Tanya E. Gott, Director of the county's Office of Information Technology and Communications (OITC), said that County Executive Johnson's commitment to ensuring citizen engagement through the use of technology weighs heavily in the county government achieving national recognition.
"While the past year has been challenging, the Office of Information Technology and Communications (OITC) has been an outstanding example of technological leadership. We have partnered with agencies and regional entities to implement strategies that focus on critical demands while being fiscally conservative in the use of new technology," Gott said.
"Using disciplines that include strong leadership, innovation, adaptability, and tactical flexibility, we evaluate needs and formulate business solutions aligned with the business of government and IT strategic initiatives."
The Center for Digital Government considered the multiple web-based technology services provided by OITC including:
-Electronic Citations For Traffic Stops
-Mobile Data Computer (MDC) Utilizing Private Wireless Network
-Project ID Online Registration To Assist Emergency Responders
-I-NET Ticket Based Incident Management Server
-FireSolve To Enhance Emergency Services
- Call Center Repository Of Citizen Requests
-Towing Inquiry Application
-Online Waste Collection Complaint Form
-Interactive Workforce Online Access
-Pavement Assessment Management Program
-Online Foreclosed Residential Property Registration
-Online Access To 2010 Census Information
-Complaint Resolution With Online Services
-Social Networking Presence
-GIS Web Services Expansion Of Geographic Data Catalog
-Outstanding Arrest Warrant System Collaboration With Motor Vehicle Administration
-Continuation Of Hybrid/VOIP System Implementation
-Point To Point VPN Streamlining Internal Connectivity To Police Vehicles
The Center for Digital Government also considered OITC's accomplishments in internal operations including:
-Budget Information Management System
-GIS Analysis Of Police And Fire Incident Data
-Public Safety Radio Bandwidth Upgrade
-GIS Disaster Preparedness Data Sets
-GIS Pictometry Data To Assist Speed Camera Program
-Automated Booking System Upgrade
-Public Safety Working Committee Established
-Motor Pool Management System
-Energy Conservation Initiatives
-GIS Tracking Utility Complaints
- GIS Programming Street Lighting Projects
-Technology Strategic Plan Update
- GIS Land Use Dataset
-Free E-Cycling And Document Shredding Events
-HP Toner Recycle Program
-GIS Storm Drain Pipe Management
-Participating In Leadership In Energy And Environmental Design (LEED)
-Citizen Engagement Programs For Decision Making
-Use Of Wireless Voting Technology During Some Events To Gather Citizen Input
-Prepared And Complied With The Maryland Interagency Law Enforcement System (MILES) Upgrade To The Maryland Electronic Telecommunications Enforcement Resource System (METERS)
-The County's Institutional Network (I-Net) Unified Communication Center
-Adaptive Security Policy Strategy
-Mobile Device Password Policy
-SharePoint Server Upgrade To MOSS 2007
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division of eRepublic, Inc., a national publishing, event and research company focused on information technology in the public sector.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) is a full-service organization that provides legislative, research, technical, and public affairs assistance to county governments. Created in 1935, NACo continues to ensure that the nation's 3,068 counties are heard and understood in the White House and Congress.