San Nicolas Bills Aim to Promote Greater Use of “e-Technology” in GovGuam

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Guam – Senator Mike San Nicolas has introduced 3 bills to encourage GovGuam agencies to make greater use of the internet in order to cut costs and improve customer service.

The two most recently introduced Bills are Bill #229 and Bill # 230.

Senator Bill #229 which would require the Office of Technology to establish a web-based meeting protocol  to enable online meetings.

READ Bill #229 HERE

And Bill 230 would require the Office of Technology to establish a secure web-based communications protocol for the GovGuam to secure document sharing.

READ Bill #230 HERE

Bill #158 would require all GovGuam agencies to review their fees and determine which ones can be paid on-line. It has already been passed and awaits the Governor’s decision.

READ Bill #158 HERE

Senator San Nicolas says in a release that GovGuam “has a lot of catching up to do in utilizing technology to improve the way we operate. These Bills and others currently being worked on in my office will move us towards greater efficiency and cost savings that will save our people time and money,” said the Senator.

READ the release from Senator San Nicolas below:

Senator San Nicolas pushes forward more e-government
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2013

In April, I Liheslaturan Guåhan passed Public Law 32-010 which created the Office of Technology. Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas has authored three Bills to help move forward the e-government agenda.

Bill 158-32 (COR) would require all government agencies to review their fees and charges to determine those that can be offered online. The Office of Technology must determine the costs to enable these online transactions and report to the Governor and Legislature how much funds are needed to implement. Bill 158-32 was unanimously passed on November 12, 2013, and currently awaits the signature of Governor Calvo.

Bill 229-32 (COR) would require the Office of Technology to establish a web-based meeting protocol for the Government of Guam to enable online meetings. This will reduce traffic, reduce productivity time lost in commuting, and improve meeting record keeping for future reference.

Bill 230-32 (COR) would require the Office of Technology to establish a secure web-based communications protocol for the Government of Guam to secure document sharing. This will enable agencies to communicate online through secure platforms, reduce the need for hand-delivery, reduce traffic congestion, reduce productivity time lost in commuting, and improve the response time on actionable items.

“Our government has a lot of catching up to do in utilizing technology to improve the way we operate. These Bills and others currently being worked on in my office will move us towards greater efficiency and cost savings that will save our people time and money,” said Senator San Nicolas. “We need to continue building around the Office of Technology the operational framework to take advantage of the benefits technology will bring to the way we service the people.”