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Tennessee Signs New eGovernment Portal Contract with NIC
[September 26, 2005]

Tennessee Signs New eGovernment Portal Contract with NIC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. --(Business Wire)-- Sept. 26, 2005 -- The state of Tennessee has signed a new five-year contract with eGovernment firm NIC (Nasdaq: EGOV) to manage its official government portal (

NIC signed its original multiyear contract with Tennessee in August 2000. After fulfilling the original five-year contract, NIC's current contract with the state ended on August 27, 2005. The state of Tennessee issued a competitive bid for eGovernment portal services this May, and the contract was awarded again to NIC. The new contract was approved by the Tennessee Commissioner of Finance and Administration and went into effect on August 28, 2005. The agreement runs through August 2010.

To maximize taxpayer return on investment, Tennessee uses a self-funded solution to provide eGovernment services. During the last five years, NIC has worked with more than 20 state agencies to develop over 130 interactive government services at no up-front cost to Tennessee's citizens and businesses. More than 31 million eGovernment transactions have been processed in Tennessee since 2000, and nearly 10 million transactions were supported by last year.

"Tennessee has become a national leader by using technology to deliver services efficiently to citizens and businesses, and we look forward to another five years of collaboration with NIC," said Bill Ezell, Tennessee's Chief Information Officer.'s suite of online services includes Hall income tax filings, driver's license renewals, state park reservations, and professional license renewals. Among the recent additions to the state portal is a driver's license appointment system that allows citizens to make and cancel driver's license appointments over the Internet instead of waiting in line at a government office. also provides a service for searching campaign finance filings for elected officials and political action committees registered in the state.

Tennessee is consistently recognized for its digital government efforts. was ranked the best state Web site by the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions in 2002 and 2004. The state portal was also a finalist in the Center for Digital Government's Best of the Web competition in 2001 and 2004.

"We value our long-term relationship with the state of Tennessee and are eager to build upon the results of this award-winning partnership during the next five years," said Jeff Fraser, NIC's Chief Executive Officer.

About is the state of Tennessee's official Web portal ( and is a collaborative effort between the state of Tennessee and eGovernment firm NIC.

About NIC

NIC 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 2,000 state and local agencies that serve more than 55 million people in the United States. Additional information is available at

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