SACRAMENTO — At the December meeting of the Franchise Tax Board (FTB), Paul Benedetto, California Technology Agency’s Deputy Secretary of Operations, presented the 2011 NASCIO finalist award to the board for their E-Commerce Portal Infrastructure (EPI) project.  California’s Franchise Tax Board was the only tax agency in the United States to be recognized as a finalist in any of the award categories.

Each year the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) honors outstanding IT achievements in the public sector that exemplify best practices and are innovative and cost-effective.  NASCIO receives hundreds of award nominations from across the nation and selects a winner and two finalists for each of the ten categories.

The FTB was selected as one of two finalists in the Risk Management Initiatives category for their development of the E-Commerce Infrastructure Portal.  EPI resolved security and privacy issues on the network that is responsible for collecting 65% of  California’s revenues.  The FTB was the first state organization in the nation to implement a network infrastructure of this magnitude, providing a model for other states with critical data security needs.

With EPI, the FTB created a solution that addressed IT security and privacy challenges related to internal and external threats such as natural disasters, cyber attacks, major infrastructure failures, remote access and application vulnerabilities.  The initiative increased protection of confidential information giving California taxpayers the confidence that their transactions are reliable and secure.