Montgomery County’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov earned two Digital Government Achievement Awards and an honorable mention at the Best of the Web Awards Ceremony held recently by the Center for Digital Government in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Digital Government Achievement Awards were presented to Montgomery County in the Government to Citizen category for the County’s eSubscription service and the Government to Government category for the Juvenile Justice Information System.. An honorable mention achievement award in the Government Internal category for the County’s on-line financial disclosure system was also awarded at the ceremony. Montgomery County was the only County in the nation to win two achievement awards and an honorable mention in this year’s program. There were more than 450 entries from around the country.
“Since Montgomery County first launched its website electronic Government program more than a decade ago, we have been striving to make County information and services more accessible to the people we serve,” said County Executive Douglas M. Duncan. “I am pleased that others in the field recognize our on-line successes, and I’m glad we’re able to provide people County residents and employees with easier and more convenient ways to take care of County business.”
“We are very proud to receive these awards,” said Alisoun Moore, director of Montgomery County’s Department of Technology Services. “This is great for the County and our folks who worked on these applications. It’s great for the Center of Digital Government to recognize us for this work.”
The Center for Digital Government annually recognizes web sites and applications that are innovative, efficient and offer easily accessible on-line services. The sites are also judged on their ability to communicate well with citizens, businesses and educational communities. The panel of judges includes representatives from the Center for Digital Government, Center for Digital Education, Government Technology magazine, NYWired for Education, Inc., State Technologies, Inc., and previous award winners.
“It’s a triple crown for Montgomery County this year. Across all three of the applications the Center is recognizing, Montgomery County is putting the community first,” said Cathilea Robinett, executive director of the Center for Digital Government, “The juvenile justice system provides a 360 degree view of kids at risk for those who are responsible for intervening in their lives. The other two applications demonstrate the county leadership’s commitment to government transparency – first by providing e-Subscription - a single place for citizens to determine how government will communicate with them on issues that are important to them. And secondly, the financial disclosure application provides a tool that makes easier for the county to do the right thing in remaining accountable to the citizen.”
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