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Colorado’s Sex Offender Mapping Application Wins Communicator Award

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The Colorado Sex Offender Mapping Application (SOMA) received a 2015 Communicator Award of Distinction in the category of Government Websites.

The award caps a two-year collaboration effort between the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), and Colorado Interactive.

“To be involved in a project that impacts the safety of our state and communities is very rewarding,” said Fred Sargeson, Colorado Interactive general manager. “We were thrilled to be part of the team delivering this important technology for the citizens of Colorado.”

The project delivered a mobile-ready, device-agnostic experience, and now includes a notification module allowing users to receive notifications if a sex offender moves into zip code areas they have added to their “Watch List.” Users are now notified via email on a weekly basis of changes that occur once they have registered for notifications on the SOMA site. The overhauled website also offers images of the sex offenders, as well as detailed conviction information.

The new system improves the ability of law enforcement to share information. The site also reduces repeat data entry of historical information about the sex offender, such as previous addresses, which remains in the system. The sex offender registry also allows law enforcement to collect additional information in support of the website improvements, such as conviction information.

Implementation of the new website ensures the state is in compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), which is Title 1 of the Adam Walsh Act.

The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for communication professionals. This year, thousands of entries were received from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. Visit www.communicatorawards.com for more information.

About Colorado.gov

Colorado.gov is the official website of the State of Colorado (http://www.colorado.gov) and is overseen by the Statewide Internet Portal Authority. Colorado.gov helps State and local government entities Web-enable their services and is operated without tax funds through a public-private partnership between the state and Colorado Interactive, LLC. Colorado Interactive builds, operates, maintains, and markets Colorado.gov and is part of eGovernment firm NIC‘s (NASDAQ:EGOV) family of companies.

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ:EGOV) is the nation’s leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company’s innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” five times, most recently ranked at No. 11 (2013), and the company has been included four times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.

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