County Receives Awards for Efficient Tax Payments, Regional Emergency Response

September 4, 2014

News Highlights

  • County receives two Governor's Technology Awards.
  • Efficient tax payments and regional emergency response improvements recognized.
  • Mobile app now includes tax payment and information.

Fairfax County won two Governor’s Technology Awards for innovation in local government for its efficient tax payment system and regional emergency response efforts. The awards were presented at the annual Commonwealth of Virginia’s Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) on Sept. 3, 2014.

Fairfax County won the prestigious 2014 Governor’s COVITS award in the "IT as an Efficiency Driver (Government to Citizen)" category for "Paying Taxes using your Smartphone, Mobile Applications, and Tax Bill QR Codes."

QR (Quick Response) matrix barcodes on county tax bills can be read by smartphones and other wireless devices. Citizens and businesses are now able to access and pay taxes using mobile tax applications safely, securely and seamlessly, and report suspected tax evasion.

Fairfax County was also awarded in the "Cross-Boundary Collaboration" category for "National Capital Region Identity and Access Management Service (IAMS)." IAMS is an integrated, single sign-on service providing secure access to data and applications for authorized first responders across 13 local jurisdictions.

These applications are critical for coordinating operations during emergencies. Fairfax County implemented this project on behalf of the National Capital Region, using jurisdiction sign-on credentials to access needed information regardless of the incident location.

Chief Technology Officer Wanda Gibson, whose duties include serving as Department of Information Technology (DIT) director, thanked the Department of Tax Administration and the DIT implementation teams for making this possible. Gibson noted that "the whole community benefits when we leverage technology for more efficient emergency response and service to residents."

With the explosive growth in mobile technology and consumer use of smart devices, Fairfax County Government is reshaping the public’s experience by delivering information in a more convenient, accessible platform. Introduced in 2011, the county’s mobile app places government in the palm of your hand through 24/7 access to government information and services.

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