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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2010
NEWS FROM: Directors office 10-018

Smog Check System Wins Award
Nevada’s emissions reporting recognized by national IT experts

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) innovative program to communicate with emissions inspection stations received national recognition from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) at the group’s annual conference in Miami Sept. 27.

The DMV received top honors in the Government to Business category of NASCIO’s 2010 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government.

“The VID is a prime example of the department’s commitment to developing technological solutions that make doing business with the department easier and save the Nevada taxpayers money,” DMV Director Edgar Roberts said.

The web-based system connects emissions stations with the DMV in real time, giving the department access to emissions data even during a test. The system allows the department to activate or deactivate a station, inspector or analyzer with a single key stroke.

The VID was developed entirely in-house by DMV programmers at no cost other than the staff time. The new database replaced a telephone-based system operated by a private contractor for a savings to the taxpayer of more than $3 million annually.

Emissions stations have been pleased with the new system as well. They now do most routine business with the DMV on the Internet without visiting a DMV office. The new system has enabled many more stations to offer registration renewals as well.

According to NASCIO, innovation and excellence continue to thrive in state government. The winning projects demonstrate that states strive to support the public policy goals of state leaders, provide cost-effective service to citizens, and make available solutions that are transferable to other agencies or units of government.

NASCIO’s Recognition Awards are given annually to states that have implemented exceptional programs which have made an important contribution to the operation of efficient state government. This year, NASCIO’s Awards Committee selected 10 recipients from among 33 finalists and 134 nominations.

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NASCIO Press Release 9/27/10 - Winners

NASCIO Press Release 8/12/10 - Nominations

DMV News Release 8/16/10 - Nomination

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