|[April 11, 2012]
Rhode Island Ethics Commission Launches New Service: 154 Filings in First Days
PROVIDENCE, R.I. --(Business Wire)--
The Rhode Island Ethics Commission,
the Division of Information Technology,
and RI.gov have collaborated to launch a
new online filing service, http://www.ri.gov/ethics.
The new service for the online submission and amendment of previous
year's finances for those who ran as a candidate, were elected,
appointed or employed into a Rhode Island state or municipal position
and are required to file an annual Financial Disclosure Statement. There
are more than 4,000 filers, and more than 154 online filings occurred
using the new system within 48 hours of launch.
Realizing that making the form available online would be a convenience
for its filers, the Ethics Commission
spearheaded the project under the oversight of the Department
of Administration's Division of Information Technology working with RI.gov
to develop. The Financial Disclosure Statement includes 16 questions, 17
if you are a general officer. Prior to March 30, 2012, the process was
manual and required the submission of a paper form.
"We are very proud to offer this service to our filers," said Kent
Willever, Executive Director of the Ethics Commission. "Our Commission
expects high adoption and expects success now and with the next phase of
The second phase of the project is due to launch by the end of the year
and will allow filers to view and amend previous years' filings.
For more information about the service, go to www.ri.gov/ethics
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Ethics Commission
The Rhode Island Ethics Commission
is a constitutionally mandated body empowered to adopt, enforce and
administer the Code of Ethics.
The Code sets forth standards of conduct for all public officials and
employees. The Commission educates and advises public officials and
employees about the standards of conduct set out in the Code
of Ethics. Additionally, the
Ethics Commission oversees the financial disclosure program which
requires all elected officials, all candidates for public office and
certain categories of persons appointed to serve as officers or members
of state or municipal agencies to file statements annually. Additional
information is available at http://www.ethics.ri.gov.
About the RI Division of Information Technology
The vision of The RI Division of
Information Technology is to be the driving force transforming
government services through innovative IT solutions and provide the
state employees and their agencies the necessary tools to provide the
best possible services to the citizens of Rhode Island. It's mission is
to enable State Government to meet its goals effectively and efficiently
by providing leadership in the application of information technology and
delivering secure, innovative, and reliable technology solutions in the
most responsive and effective manner; and to continually address the
ever-changing information technology landscape to improve access to
information, to stimulate business activity and to ultimately address
the needs of all Rhode Island citizens. Additional information is
available at http://www.doit.ri.gov.
RI.gov site and services are developed
and maintained by Rhode Island Interactive, a Providence-based, wholly
owned subsidiary of the eGovernment firm NIC (News - Alert) (NASDAQ: EGOV) offering
online services. A variety of informational resources and local
government online services can be found at http://www.ri.gov
on behalf of the State of Rhode Island.
NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) manages more eGovernment
services than any provider in the world. The company helps
government communicate more effectively with citizens and businesses by
putting essential services online. NIC provides eGovernment
solutions for 3,500 federal, state and local agencies across the
United States. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.
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