Arkansas Secretary of State (SOS) this week won a prestigious Digital Government Achievement Award (DGAA) from the Center for Digital Government. The agency received the award in the Government-to-Business category for its Corporation Filings Automation Project, which automates a paper-centric process and has saved the state an estimated $124,212 in its first year of use.
The annual DGAA competition honors outstanding government agency websites and applications that push the boundaries of innovation. Thirty-four awards in eight categories were given this year to recognize the best of thousands of entries from government agencies and departments worldwide.
“Our goal is to offer all government business services online and allow companies to interact with the state wherever they are, at any time of day,” SOS Director of Business & Commercial Services Daryl Bassett said. “This award highlights one of many examples where we are transforming government and using technology to serve businesses with unprecedented efficiency. We are extremely proud of the online systems we have created with our partner INA, and the time- and cost-savings we are delivering to taxpayers because of them.”
The award-winning Corporation Filings Automation Project files thousands of submitted electronic forms without the need for paper copies or manual data entry. Automation has dramatically streamlined operations for the SOS office and saved a considerable amount of staff time and money. As a result, SOS is freeing up an estimated 2,064 staff hours, eliminating 72,144 sheets of paper and saving more than $20,500 in postage costs. These operational improvements will continue to increase as more corporation filings forms are integrated into the system each year.