Topeka, Kan. – The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) announced recently that the Kansas Legislative Information Systems and Services (KLISS) system is one of three finalists in the Open Government category of the 2012 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government. The winner will be announced in San Diego, California on October 23rd during NASCIO’s annual conference.

The KLISS system is designed to provide access to a full range of legislative deliberations, allowing citizens and businesses to participate fully in the process of making law. Through use of an innovative tracking mechanism that captures versions of bills, agendas, minutes and supporting material as they move through the legislative process, the public can see how law originates and evolves, and more easily take advantage of opportunities to participate in its creation.

This open government application also represents a unique partnership between the Kansas executive and legislative branches of government. The executive and legislative branches participated together in the staffing, funding, and implementation of the system. The executive branch Office of Information Technology Services also hosts the public website, funded by Information Network of Kansas, at: www.kslegislature.org.

Executive Branch Chief Information Technology Officer Anthony Schlinsog nominated the application for the award.

“This is a great recognition of the KLISS project and the long-standing partnership between the Office of Information Technology Services and the Kansas Legislature,” Schlinsog said. “My congratulations to all those whose hard work resulted in this national honor.”

The award nomination was made with the joint support of Legislative Chief Information Technology Officer Jim Miller and State Rep. Mike Burgess (R –Topeka), who serves both as the vice-chair of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Information Technology and the chair of the House Government Efficiency committee. In acknowledging the nomination, Miller praised the work of the KLISS project team.

“Being nominated for this award is both a tribute to and recognition of the Legislative staff from the Senate and House Chambers, the Revisor’s Office, the Research Department, and IT,” Miller said. “These Legislative staff members have created a system which truly captures the spirit of open government.”

Legislative sponsorship also has been key to the application’s success.

“Both the Joint Committee on Information Technology and the House Government Efficiency Committee have been strong supporters of open government and transparency efforts. This is a great honor,” Rep. Burgess said.

This partnership with the Kansas Legislature supports the Brownback administration’s continuing commitment to open and transparent government.  Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recently signed into law HB2175, the Kansas OneMap Act.   This law extends government transparency by supporting the geocoding of government information and services provided to citizens and businesses in the state of Kansas.

NASCIO’s Recognition Awards are given annually to states that have implemented exceptional programs that have made an important contribution to the operation of state government. This year, NASCIO received more than 120 nominations covering 10 categories. More information on the awards can be found online at: www.nascio.org/

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