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November 2016

State of Utah Single Sign-on Business Portal

In the 2016 Legislative Session, Representative Bruce Cutler sponsored HB96 requiring the Division of Technology Services create a single sign-on business portal. The department is charged to create a web portal that allows a person doing business in the state to access, at a single point of entry, all relevant state-collected business data about the person, including information related to:

  • business registration;

  • workers’ compensation;

  • tax liability and payment; and

  • other information collected by the state that the department determines is relevant to a person doing business in the state.

By enabling a single sign-on process that extends across agencies, the state can create a new model for serving businesses and citizens by providing a more personalized view of all of the services that are relevant to the individual user. This model will enable state government to provide services through an integrated approach similar to what users are accustomed to with Amazon and other successful online businesses. A prototype of the business portal was completed in October 2016 and presented to agency executives. The prototype is designed to help businesses connect to all of the services and interactions they perform with the state through a single portal and login process. Check out the Two Year Plan here.

Enterprise Web Filter Policy

The Enterprise Web Filter Policy has been approved and is now published on the DTS site. The purpose of this policy is to establish a baseline for restricting Internet access in order to reduce the risk of exposure to State of Utah Information Systems and Network. Web filtering is essential to provide proper controls to minimize security risk and to meet due diligence requirements pursuant to applicable state and federal regulations. Please take the time to read the policy to help keep state data secure.

Check out the 2016 Annual Report

DTS has published the 2016 Annual Report here. We have accomplished a lot during the past year, including:

  • Expanding Digital Government Into New Platforms
  • Accessibility
  • Security Updates
  • Asset Management Tool 
  • Cost Savings

DTS also has several big initiatives coming up during the next year:

  • SUCCESS Framework Projects
  • Single Sign On Business Database
  • Justice Reinvestment Initiative
  • Electronic Driver License

The primary activities of DTS in the coming year will focus on securing the State’s data assets, and the continued optimization of IT resources across the State. IT services continue to evolve, exposing new opportunities for enterprise shared services, improvements in service effectiveness, and accountability to customers. Ongoing efforts are underway to optimize service offerings within the evolving technical architecture and business requirements of State agencies, local governments, and inter-branch collaboration with the Legislative and Judicial Branches. DTS will continue to partner with State Agencies in order to improve services for the residents of Utah.

Maps on the Hill is January 25, 2017

Maps on the Hill, an event held at the State Capitol during the Utah Legislative Session, is supported by the Utah Geographic Information Council (UGIC) and AGRC. The event highlights interesting maps and mapping technology with elected officials, fellow practitioners and the public. Students and professionals present on a broad range of topics to show the diversity of mapping resources in Utah, and to demonstrate how mapping technology can be used to support decision makers. Please join us for the event January 25, 2017.

Utah Mapping Information Partnership Wins Geospatial Excellence Award

The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) recently unveiled recipients of the new awards program designed to recognize leadership and innovation at the state level. The Geospatial Excellence Awards join NSGIC’s long-running program of Outstanding Service Awards that recognize individuals and organizations that advance the national spatial data infrastructure and promote NSGIC’s goals of efficient and effective government.

Utah received a Champion Award for the Utah Mapping & Information Partnership. The Utah Mapping and Information Partnership (UMIP) is an informal committee of department heads formed to advance agency goals through heightened use of GIS and more complete sharing of data. UMIP won funding commitments from 14 agencies to license statewide high resolution aerial photography and successfully sought an appropriation to work on key enterprise geospatial projects.

The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) promotes statewide geospatial coordination activities in all states and advocates for states in national geospatial policy initiatives that support a national spatial data infrastructure.  Members represent state Geographic Information Officers (GIOs), state agency GIS heads, leaders of the statewide coordination council, federal agencies, tribal government, local government, the private sector, academia and other professional organizations. Learn more at