In a time when nearly any product or service can be obtained online, we are modernizing our services.
Through a greater presence on social media, development of smartphone apps, and other new online tools,
state government is becoming increasingly accessible.
Licenses and Permits
- BIT has worked with several agencies to move more than 25 licenses and permits to full online accessibility.
- Audio, photos, and videos from the Governor’s Office and other state agencies are regularly posted on the State News Multi-Media Page.
- State agencies are increasing their visibility, transparency, and availability through their presence on social media like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and LinkedIn.
- The departments of Tourism and Game, Fish and Parks have launched successful hashtags like #HiFromSD, #FindYourPark and #SDintheField.
- GF&P developed a smartphone application to buy hunting and fishing licenses and to reserve a campsite.
- The Department of Tourism created an app that allows you to check travel destinations in South Dakota.
- The Department of Transportation launched a ClearPath511 app to allow people to easily check road conditions.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs established a QR code for the younger generation of veterans to utilize.
- All requests for scheduling with the Governor can now be done online.
- South Dakota Public Broadcasting livestreams the state House, Senate, and committee meetings throughout each legislative session.
- More state taskforce, board, and commission meetings are being livestreamed online as well.
Post Secondary Graduate Outcomes
- The Department of Labor and Regulation established a Postsecondary Graduate Outcomes System to disclose employment and wage outcomes of university and technical school graduates.
- The Governor’s Office of Economic Development website includes a wage comparison search engine that allows individuals to compare the median income for various fields in different states.
- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources developed a GIS maps webpage which includes maps of oil and gas wells, spill sites, and lake levels.
- The Department of Agriculture introduced an interactive mapping website to help ag producers avoid pesticide drift problems.
- Game, Fish and Parks offers a number of interactive maps including a hunting opportunity map, a fishing and boating access map, a snowmobile trail conditions map, and an online version of the public hunting atlas.
- South Dakota drivers licensing has extended its hours of operation, instituted aggressive hiring and training programs, and developed a new scheduling system so citizens can call ahead or use the Internet to reserve an appointment time. Drivers licensing also installed self-service kiosks at a number of exam stations.
- The Department of Social Services designed a website for anyone searching for registered and licensed South Dakota child care programs.
- The Department of Corrections allows the public to locate offenders who are in the state prison system or on parole supervision.
In the digital age, state government's motto should be "online, not in line." In a time when nearly any product or service can be obtained online, state government too often still relies on written forms, physical offices and manual processing. I will work to create "step-by-step" online portals to guide users to the correct website and will work to allow users to complete most all common interactions with state government entirely online.