Montana re-ups NIC for portal services

A subsidiary of NIC Inc. has won a five-year contract extension to continue managing e-government services for Montana.

The Helena, Mont., company was hired by the state in 2001 to create and manage e-government services on its Web site. The new contract is worth about $5 million, said Chris Neff, an NIC spokesman.

Montana Interactive and NIC teamed up to create an application to use the state's Web portal to search for convicted offenders. The two companies also created an application that verifies voters through an online service that lets them cast their votes without bringing their identification to the polls, as required by the Help America Vote Act.

The state's Web site offers a host of e-government applications, including registration for hunting and fishing licenses, business annual report filings, unemployment insurance claims and vehicle temporary registration permits.

More than 1.4 million visitors accessed e-government through the state's Web site in 2005, NIC said.

NIC of Olathe, Kan., has about 300 employees and had $59.2 million in fiscal 2005 revenue, according to Hoover's Online of Austin, T

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