To positively transform the relationship between citizens, business and governments through eGovernment applications and services.
Kansas is considered the birthplace of eGovernment. Kansas legislation (K.S.A. 74-9301 et seq.) was passed in 1990 authorizing the creation of the Information Network of Kansas, Inc. (INK). In 1991, INK awarded Kansas Information Consortium, LLC (now a subsidiary of NIC, Inc., [NASDAQ: EGOV]) the network manager contract and began eGovernment operations.
The first service provided in 1991 was an e-mail service for subscribers. Other services were added to meet the needs of a growing computerized government and business audience. In 1994, INK offered a wide range of electronic services including legislative legal, banking and educational services.
INK launched the official state Web site for Kansas in January 1995. Kansas had one of the first state sites in the U.S. In 1999, hunting and fishing licenses were made available online. INK launched a new state portal with the name accessKansas in 2000. In 2005, the portal was redesigned and renamed Kansas.gov.
Kansas has launched many new and varied Web-based applications including business filings, professional license renewals and license verifications. Kansas.gov continues to add services and information to improve online access to Kansas government. View a list of services.
Kansas.gov – Your government online, anytime!
In 1991, the State of Kansas initiated one of the most successful business models in the country. This model is called a “self-funding portal.” The model is currently used in many states across the U.S. In this model the state incurs almost no costs, while the contracted Network Manager absorbs the technology risk and operational costs. In return the network manager develops eGovernment solutions that better enable citizens and businesses to interact with the state.
Kansas.gov operates under the authority of the Information Network of Kansas, Inc. (INK). INK was created by an act of the Kansas Legislature in 1990 to provide Kansans equal electronic access to state, county, local and other public information. INK provides Kansans equal access to governmental data via the Internet.
A ten-member board appointed by the Governor of Kansas administers the policy for INK. The board includes the Kansas Secretaries of State, Transportation and Revenue; the president of Kansas, Inc.; a representative from the Kansas Association of Libraries; and private Kansas citizens representing user groups. The board ensures information in the public domain is administered for the public good.
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