For Immediate Release
June 18, 2014
CONCORD – Continuing her efforts to improve state government efficiency, attract innovative businesses and ensure that state government remains responsive to the needs of the business community, Governor Maggie Hassan today issued an Executive Order directing state agencies to move all possible business-related forms into an online format through the Business One Stop by September 30, 2015.
The Governor’s Executive Order follows a vote earlier in the day by the Executive Council to approve a contract for the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) to acquire new technology that makes data collection and online form submission more efficient and effective. The technology will make it possible to link the information from new digital forms into existing databases, without manual data entry.
"It's critical that we continue looking for new ways to make our nimble state government even more responsive to the needs of the business community and prioritize the state’s focus on customer service," Governor Hassan said. “The innovative, high-tech businesses that we want to attract and grow in the Granite State expect and need to do business online, and requiring that all business-related forms are available online helps businesses and sends a message that we are committed to supporting job-creating businesses and keeping our economy moving in the right direction.”
In addition to directing state agencies to convert business-related forms to a digital format, the Executive Order also requires agencies to review all business-related forms to consider whether the forms are actually needed, to reduce duplicative forms and to determine whether the information requested is necessary to comply with the law or rules. The Executive Order requires agencies to submit a plan to the Governor’s Office and DoIT by August 31, 2014 for how they will prioritize business-form conversion and to automate all possible business-related forms by June 30, 2015.
DoIT is also required report to the Governor’s Office quarterly on the status and progress, by agency, of the conversion project.
The Executive Order builds on Governor Hassan’s efforts to attract job-creating businesses and improve the state’s customer service, including her work to fund the Business One Stop in last year’s bipartisan capital budget and “Live Free and Start,” a new initiative with the Business Finance Authority and the Department of Resources and Economic Development aimed at helping to make it easier for high-tech businesses to start up and flourish in New Hampshire.
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