California Earns Top Grade From National Digital Government Study

State recognized for its innovation, helping Californians do business and connect with government

SACRAMENTO — California earned top honors today receiving an “A-“ grade from the Center for Digital Government’s 2012 Digital States Survey.  California was one of only eight states on the 50-state report card to earn an “A- or better” for its use of digital technologies to make government more responsive and efficient.

“As California’s Chief Information Officer, I am so proud for California to be recognized as a national leader for innovation.  Digital technology is a vital tool, helping Californians connect with their state government in the most efficient, convenient and cost effective ways possible,” said California Technology Agency Secretary Carlos Ramos.  “Delivering outstanding e-government services to all Californians is our job and it’s gratifying to be told we’re doing it well.”

Conducted every two years, the Digital States Survey evaluates best practices and policies of each state, specifically focused on strategy, approach and implementation; return on investment; the state’s progress over the previous two years; innovation and creativity; and effective collaboration.

All 50 states participated in the 2012 survey and received grades ranging from A’s to D’s. Besides the eight A grades, 22 states received B’s, 18 states received C’s and two states received D’s for the first year ever.  The Golden State earned a “B+” grade in 2010.

California continues to be recognized for its innovative solutions providing citizens with valuable information available anytime, from any device.  With more than 700 transactional online services, 300 open data sources and a plethora of social media offerings and mobile apps, California e-government is faster, more efficient and responsive to the over 10 million visitors who use the state’s digital services each month.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.  The 2012 Digital States Survey is  available at www.centerdigitalgov.com/survey/61 .  The California Web Portal is available at www.ca.gov and California Mobile Gallery is available at www.ca.gov/Mobile.

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For Immediate Release

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