There is a shift taking place in Hawaii and across the country towards providing online access to government services. Nonprofit organizations, private businesses and government agencies are all contributing to making government more efficient, responsive and transparent.This edition of the Transform Hawaii Government newsletter focuses on how mobile and online applications are changing the way citizens and businesses interact with government and improve our way of life.

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Honolulu Star-Advertiser

October 18, 2013

Finding a safe spot to eat in Hawaii may be as simple as seeing green.

The state health department is proposing posting green, yellow and red placards in restaurants and other establishments to show how they fared in food safety inspections, West Hawaii Today reported today.

In the visible grading system, green placards would mean “pass”; yellow ones, “conditional pass”; and red cards, “closed.” A green card will go to facilities that have one major violation or less that’s corrected before the inspection is completed. Yellow would be for eateries with two or more violations during an inspection, regardless of whether violations were corrected immediately.

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Hawaii Public Radio

October 2, 2013

Deputy Chief Information Officer Randy Baldemor talks about the Office of Information Management and Technology, public-private partnerships with the Hawaii Community Foundation, what is happening within the state to further the transformation effort and what’s next for OIMT. Listen to the entire interview online via the HPR website.

“[Transformation is an] ongoing process that permeates the entire organization, and represents a sharp break with the past. This break is a major difference between transformation and simple reform. While reform is an attempt to go down the same path more efficiently, transformation involves the development or discovery of entirely new paths.”

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This issue of the monthly newsletter will examine efforts of other state and municipal governments in implementing their business and information technology transformations. Many of the lessons learned by these governments are being applied in Hawaii. 

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With the 2013 Legislature coming to a close last week, there is much news to share regarding the progress of the State of Hawaii “Business and Information Technology/Information Resource Management” Transformation initiative. As you may know, the Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT) has been tasked with developing and implementing the Transformation plan over the next decade. This legislative session marks the first full biennium appropriation for OIMT for FY 2014 and 2015, building on the $25 million in supplemental funding secured for the current fiscal year (FY 2013).

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Honolulu Star-Advertiser
April 11, 2013

By Keith Amemiya and Janet Liang

Recent news reports have confirmed what the public has known for years: The state of Hawaii’s information technology infrastructure is in critical condition.

With no considerable investment in more than 30 years, our state government still relies on paper forms, manual data entry and fragile information management systems and protocols that could crash without warning and are highly vulnerable to security breaches.

Smart business decisions and efficient use of resources are possible only if the right people can access the right information at the right time. Private sector investments in information-management technology have resulted in significant improvements in customer service and reduced costs — outcomes that are within reach for the state.

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