New State Tax Collection System Will Leave the Paper Trail Behind
In a few years, the DRA commissioner and her colleagues might be joined by a new ghost when the department’s ancient computer system is finally put to rest, thanks to a $30 million project that will propel New Hampshire’s tax collection system into the 21st century. On Oct. 31, Gov. Chris Sununu and the Executive Council approved a $29,550,000 contract with Fast Enterprises, a Colorado-based company that has set up its GenTax revenue information management systems in more than two dozen states, including Vermont and Massachusetts. While the state’s existing system houses New Hampshire’s three major tax types — business taxes, interest and dividends, and meals and rooms and vehicle rentals — the state’s other taxes are scattered elsewhere.
NH Department of Revenue Announces New State-of-the-Art Revenue Information Management System
The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration (NHDRA) has entered a contract with Fast Enterprises to modernize all aspects of the tax collection and payment process by establishing a new Revenue Information Management System (RIMS). RIMS will house and consolidate taxpayer data for an all-inclusive view of information and processes with direct online accessibility for taxpayers, practitioners and DRA staff.
NASCIO Recognizes Illinois IDES Project for Outstanding Achievement in Digital Government: Government to Business Category
Eleven exemplary initiatives were chosen as recipients for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ (NASCIO) 2018 Recognition Awards for outstanding achievement in information technology in state government.
Recipients were announced this evening during the NASCIO Annual Conference in San Diego. This marks the 30th consecutive year NASCIO has honored outstanding information technology achievements in the public sector through the awards program. Recipients were selected by the NASCIO Awards Committee from a field of more than 100 nominees.
Oregon Tax’s Core Systems Replacement Project is the 2018 Oregon State CIO’s Gold Winner
The Oregon Department of Revenue Core Systems Replacement touched nearly every corner of the organization, provides a modern state-of-the-art system, and transformed organizational operations by creating new and more efficient workflows and business processes. This four-and-a-half-year project replaced 87 of the DOR’s core legacy tax systems with GenTax, a commercial off-the-shelf tax administration software from Fast Enterprises. This project was completed on time and under budget.
Massachusetts GenTax Project Receives Excellence in Technology Award
A multi-year modernization project to replace the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ legacy tax administration system with Fast Enterprises’ (FAST’s) GenTax integrated tax software has been awarded the Excellence in Technology Award as part of the 2018 Massachusetts Digital Government Summit.
Project representatives from the commonwealth’s Department of Revenue and the Executive Office for Administration and Finance accepted the project award, which honors outstanding achievements and innovative technology initiatives in the Massachusetts public sector.
CO DRIVES Project Recognized in 2018 StateScoop 50 Awards
The 2018 winners of the StateScoop 50 awards — which annually highlight the best and brightest in the State IT community — were announced Sunday, April 22 in Baltimore, Maryland, at the beginning of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ midyear conference.
The awards, which were presented for their fifth consecutive year, honor state government information technology and cybersecurity executives, industry influencers, up-and-comers and innovative projects.
CO DRIVES was recognized as one of the State IT Innovations of the Year!
MVA Takes Another Step to Make it Easier for Customers
As part of the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MDOT MVA) continued commitment to provide premier service to all Marylanders, the agency announced a new project called Customer Connect to modernize all information technology (IT) systems it uses to deliver services to customers. The Maryland Board of Public Works just approved the five-year project.
“Customer Connect will allow us to expand on the efficiencies we have already realized at MDOT MVA by using technology to further streamline processes and fulfill our mission to connect customers to life’s opportunities,” said MDOT Secretary Pete K. Rahn.
Redemption for the DMV
On Jan. 31, 2013, California pulled the plug on a long overdue modernization of its Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) IT systems. Originally scheduled to be completed that March, the state and its prime contractor had only managed to finish one portion of the $208 million system overhaul.
But California was not the only state to stumble. From coast to coast, DMVs struggled to drag their IT systems into the 21st century. Instead of creating new efficiencies for driver’s licensing and motor vehicle registrations, states were reporting false starts, failures and lawsuits. Meanwhile, as Americans were growing used to oneclick, online orders for retail purchases, they found themselves still heading down to the local DMV office to stand in line, where wait times were lengthening while IT upgrades languished.
Fast Enterprises Recognized As a ‘Best Workplace’ for Diversity, Millennials, and More
Fast Enterprises (FAST), a leading provider of software and consulting services to governments, has received 2017 and 2018 best-workplace awards that recognize the company’s ongoing commitment to employee morale and diversity.
The awards, which include FAST’s fifth consecutive award as a “best place to work” by online jobs and career community Glassdoor®, also consist of awards from consulting and research firm Great Place to Work®. FAST was recognized in multiple categories as a best workplace for diversity, millennials, and the technology sector.
Fast Enterprises Hires Former State Tax Director John Vecchiarelli to Support Client Outreach and Interaction
Fast Enterprises, LLC (FAST), a leading provider of software and consulting services to governments, has hired John Vecchiarelli, the former senior director of taxation for the Colorado Department of Revenue, to serve as the company’s user group executive administrator.
“John is an expert in tax administration,” said Martin Rankin, the FAST managing partner. “He has many years of experience serving the state of Colorado and multiple government associations, and his new role with FAST will add an important dimension to the support we provide to our government clients.”