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Gov. Fletcher presents the 2006 Governor's Technology Awards
Gov. Fletcher presents the 2006 Governor's
Technology Awards

Gov. Fletcher Announces Recipients of the 2006 Governor's Technology Awards
Gov. Fletcher recently presented the 2006 Governor's Technology Awards to leaders in technology innovation who have taken great strides in their fields to advance technology in Kentucky.

New Web Site Launched To Help Citizens Prepare For Emergencies
Lt. Gov. Steve Pence and the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security recently announced the launch of a new web site to provide step-by-step instructions for Kentuckians to develop personal family emergency plans and emergency supply kits.

Near Real-Time “Who’s In Jail” Database Now Up and Running in Kentucky
Lt. Gov. Steve Pence recently introduced a new program, JusticeXchange™, which is now available to the state’s criminal justice community.

New Telecare Program Reaching Rural Children at School
Officials from the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services and Kentucky Telecare recently addressed members of the e-Health Network Board about a pilot program to provide health care services in schools across the state.

'Best of Kentucky' Technology Awards Nomination Deadline Approaching
In conjunction with the 2006 KY Digital Government Summit, a new awards program is planned this year to highlight information technology accomplishments in the public sector. The deadline for nominations is March 21, 2006.

Kentucky Taxpayers Encouraged To File Electronic Returns
The Kentucky Department of Revenue encourages Kentucky taxpayers to file electronically this year for faster refunds and numerous other benefits.

Gov. Fletcher's Web Site Now Offering Podcasting
Kentuckians can now receive audio of Gov. Fletcher’s public addresses via iPod or other mp3 players thanks to a podcast service recently made available on the governor’s Web site.

Kentucky Parks’ Campground Reservation System Has Successful Launch
The Kentucky Department of Parks received more than 1,000 reservations for 5,811 nights in the two days after its campground reservations system went live for the first time in early February.

Public Urged To Enroll In AMBER Alert Portal
KSP urges the public to take advantage of recent changes in the AMBER Alert emergency notification system that can relay current information to cell phones, beepers, e-mail and other forms of electronic communication.

"First Responders' Day" Observed in Kentucky
Gov. Ernie Fletcher and (Ret.) Maj. Alecia Webb-Edgington, director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, hosted a Feb. 9 ceremony honoring the first observance of "First Responders' Day."

KET Launches Audio and Video Podcasting Service
KET recently launched its online podcasting service, which provides both audio and video subscriptions to several KET productions.

White Hall State Historic Site Receives Technology Grant
White Hall State Historic Site will eventually be able to catalog and retrieve all of its artifacts much more effectively, thanks to a technology grant from the Kentucky Historical Society.

COT's Latest Security Newsletter

COT Security Awareness Newsletter - February 2006
Get the latest computer security information from COT's Security Administration Branch.  The newsletter is full of information and tips for safely navigating through today's computing and Internet landscape.  (PDF format, 895 KB)

National Tech Stories
State Stat

Early Returns Are In, and E-File Is The Winner!

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Every year at this time, Techlines features a State Stat on the number of taxpayers moving from paper to electronic tax filing.  As of March 3, 2006, 92 percent of all individual income tax returns filed thus far with Kentucky's Department of Revenue have been e-filed.  The actual number of e-filed returns is 580,028 this year, compared to 568,065 at this time last year, a 2% increase. 

“The Department of Revenue receives in excess of three million pieces of mail between January and May of each year and paper returns must be opened, sorted and manually entered,” Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary Robbie Rudolph said. “Electronic filing allows your information to go directly into the system, reducing error and delay and allowing your refund to be direct deposited to your financial institution.”

Typical processing times for current year returns with no errors are:

7 to 10 days for electronic filed returns
2 to 3 weeks for paper returns with 2D barcode
6 to 12 weeks for traditional paper returns

COT Trivia Question of the Month

Question:  How many electronic message signs capable of displaying AMBER Alerts are located on Kentucky highways?

Answer:  Kentucky currently has 42 permanent electronic message signs -- 13 in the Louisville area, 15 in the northern Kentucky area, 7 in the Bowling Green area (roadside, not overhead), 2 in Letcher County, one in Laurel County, one in Whitley County and three in the Cumberland Gap Tunnel area.

In the event of a kidnapping, police officers can upload information on the child or kidnapper - including pictures, physical descriptions and the location of the crime - into the AMBER Alert Web Portal from their squad cars. Once the information is approved by the state's AMBER Alert coordinator, it is disseminated to the public and relevant government agencies. The portal features sophisticated hardware and software that enables law enforcement to concentrate their broadcast messages in the vicinity of a kidnapping and expand that area as time elapses. Citizens are a crucial part of the AMBER Alert system's success, providing law enforcement with the eyes and ears they need to gather information and help save a child.

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COT Trivia Question of the Month

How many electronic message signs capable of displaying AMBER Alerts are located on Kentucky highways?

(See the answer at the bottom of this page.)


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Last Updated 3/10/2006