For the second year in a row, the Information
Network of Arkansas (INA) has earned the prestigious Best Fit
Integrator Award by eRepublic's Center for Digital Government. The award
honors private-sector technology partners that tailor solutions to meet
the unique needs of government.
INA was nominated by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education for
developing the YOUniversal
Arkansas Financial Aid System, and was recognized in the Performance
Award and Horizon Award in Education Services category for
its work to make the scholarship application process paperless.
YOUniversal has helped save the agency nearly $473,000 in eliminated
postage costs and reduced staff time since 2010. Nearly three times as
many scholarship applications were submitted through the YOUniversal
website and mobile app in 2013 than in 2009, the year before the system
was in place.
"INA has been a fully-vested partner with ADHE in creating innovative
systems that have improved our level of service and saved taxpayer
dollars," ADHE Deputy Director Harold Criswell said. "Their technical
expertise, and commitment to our success played a major role in the
effectiveess of YOUniversal, and in the strides the state has made in
modernizing and streamlining the scholarship application process."
"Being nominated for and then winning this prestigious award is
certainly an honor, but the real winner is the Department of Higher
Education," INA General Manager Amy Sawyer added. "They consistently
show a desire to use technology to better serve the public and to do
more with strained resources. By working together in a public-private
partnership, we've helped develop a leading scholarship application
system that is making an impact in Arkansas and that serves as a model
for other states."
INA was one of only eight companies nationally to earn the coveted
award. Sawyer received it last week at the 8th Annual Best
Fit Integrator and Leadership Recognition Awards dinner in Park City,
About The Information Network of Arkansas (INA)
The Information Network of Arkansas (INA) is a public-private
partnership between the state of Arkansas and the Arkansas Information
Consortium (AIC) that helps state government entities Web-enable their
information services. Little Rock-based AIC is part of e-Government firm
NIC's (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies. INA operates Arkansas.gov,
the official website of the state of Arkansas, which offers more than
1,200 state and local online services.
Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official
government websites, online services, and secure
payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment
services help make government more accessible to everyone through
technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions
for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United
States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the "100 Best Small Companies in
America" five times, most recently ranked at No.11 (2013), and the
company has been included three times on the Barron's 400 Index.
Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.
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