California Ranks Fourth in Annual Brookings Institution Technology Study

State Technology Update - August 28, 2008

The Brookings Institution's annual State and Federal Electronic Government in the United States report has ranked California 4th overall out of 50 states. The report evaluates state and federal government websites for the presence of a number of features, such as online publications, online databases, audio clips, video clips, foreign language or translation, the amount of online services, automatic e-mail updates, accessibility, readability and more.

"Once again, congratulations to all of the hardworking technology professionals who are pushing California's name to the top of the list. This important distinction demonstrates California's leadership and innovation on technology issues," said Teri Takai, Chief Information Officer for the State of California. "This is terrific news for the Golden State and all those who use the services offered by our state government websites."

California has been climbing the ranks for the past several years in this study, rising from 47 in 2005: 

    2008 - Rank 4
    2007 - Rank 12
    2006 - Rank 31
    2005 - Rank 47

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Earlier this month, California won 3rd place in the Center for Digital Government's national "Best of the Web" competition.

California has also been named as a finalist for five national Information technology awards by the National Association of Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). The final results will be announced in late September.

Media Contact: Bill Maile (916) 549-2845


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