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February 7, 2002
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Maryland Wins Digital State Award 2001
Top State Information Officials Accept at Annapolis Ceremony

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Progress & Freedom Foundation today presented a Digital State 2001 Award to Chief Information Officer Linda Burek and Chairman Major F. Riddick, Jr. of the Information Technology Board in recognition of Maryland’s 4th place ranking in the 2001 Digital State Survey.

The annual survey, conducted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation and the Center for Digital Government, documents progress made by states in adopting digital technologies to improve delivery of services to citizens. Results of the 2001 survey are published in the report, The Digital State 2001, sponsored by Compaq Computer Corp. Cathilea Robinett, president of the Center for Digital Government, presented the award at a State House ceremony.

Maryland finished 4th in the 2001 survey, moving up five places from its top ten ranking in 2000. Kent Lassman, PFF research fellow and author of the report, noted that Maryland won 1st place in the category of E-Commerce & Business Regulation and 5th place in the Law Enforcement & the Courts. Overall, Illinois and Kansas tied for 1st place and Washington ranked 3rd in 2001.

“It is clear that Maryland has made the delivery of digital services and the creation of a technology-based infrastructure a top priority,” said Kent Lassman. “We are pleased to honor Governor Parris N. Glendening, Chief Information Officer Linda Burek and Chairman Major F. Riddick, Jr. of the Information Technology Board.”

“Thanks to Governor Glendening's vision, Maryland is a leader in offering digital solutions for its citizens and businesses,” said Riddick. “The success of the e-Maryland initiative is due to the work of the stakeholders - the ITB, the General Assembly and Maryland citizens - in the development of our online services. The State's move forward to the number four ranking reinforces the benefits from its investment in digital and Internet technology.”

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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