In design terms, the Prototype channeled multiple G2G business functions through a secure, single sign-on, role-based system accessible through the Internet. It was used to assess management, policy, technology, and cost implications likely to be associated with the development of a full-scale G2G system. The overarching goal was to understand what would be necessary for state, county, and municipal governments to realize greater efficiency, high quality authentic data, and more consistent and coordinated services.
The Prototype included data about 15 counties (and their associated municipalities) in New York State. This data was provided by the participating state agencies. The Prototype did not include any financial transactions associated with the applications. It operated from a secure Web site hosted on the public Internet and was available only to authorized government officials. The Prototype focused entirely on G2G relationships, it did not offer public services.
In order for the Prototype to generate enough useful results, it had to demonstrate how multiple organizations at different levels of government work together. Therefore three state agencies were selected from three different policy domains and thirteen local governments (including counties, towns, and cities, but not villages) from every region of the state and were asked to take part in the design. Local governments were selected to represent a wide variety of size, wealth, and technical sophistication.
Figure 1. New York State-Local Internet Gateway Prototype Design
Figure 1 represents the high-level conceptual design of the Prototype. In this design, a single gateway replaces the myriad of one-to-one relationships among local governments and state agencies. It was designed to offer some features and applications to all users and to limit other applications to specific users based on their functional roles.
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