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National Publication Recognizes Alabama’s Online Programs for Transparency, Customer Service

December 12, 2008

MONTGOMERY- Computerworld is honoring Alabama’s commitment to expanding online government services through the magazine’s list of Premier IT Leaders for 2009. Computerworld has been a leading source of technology news for more than 40 years.


Four of Alabama’s IT efforts were recognized by the magazine, including Lease Search, SMART Governing, Camellia and an e-mail integration project. All four efforts involved the work of the Alabama Department of Finance Information Services Division (ISD), led by Chief Information Officer Jim Burns. Burns represents Alabama on the Computerworld list, based on magazine award criteria that include the ability to effectively manage and execute IT strategies.


State Finance Director Jim Main said, “Our goal is to provide our citizens with the technology they want and deserve. The programs highlighted by Computerworld are examples of how we’re providing relevant, useful services to Alabamians.”


Lease Search allows anyone with Internet access the ability to search the state’s lease agreements. It also serves as a cost comparison tool and a resource for state agencies considering sub-lease and consolidation opportunities. SMART Governing is a strategic planning program that makes state agencies more accountable, transparent and efficient with their spending practices. The plans submitted by these agencies are available to the public in an online, searchable database that allows taxpayers to see how government spends their money. Camellia is a web-based system that helps Alabamians determine their eligibility for more than 25 health and human services programs, including those provided by Human Resources, Medicaid, Mental Health, Public Health, Rehabilitation Services and Senior Services. Alabama also consolidated 45 separate e-mail systems representing more than 200 state agencies into one infrastructure, at a savings of more than $3 million annually.


Alabama’s Chief Information Officer Jim Burns said he couldn’t be happier with the honor from Computerworld. “Our team works hard to make these types of services available. We don’t work to win awards - we work to serve our citizens. But this kind of recognition is nice to receive because it proves we’re achieving that goal.”


The online public service tools honored by the magazine may be found at the following addresses:

Lease Search:

SMART Governing:



More information on the Computerworld award is available online at 

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