NIC'S Virginia Subsidiary Granted Five-Year Contract Extension

Virginia Interactive Receives Unanimous Endorsement to Run

The Commonwealth's eGovernment Web Portal Until 2007



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Information Consortium

    RICHMOND, Va., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 Commonwealth of Virginia has extended the contract for Virginia Interactive,
 Inc., to manage the state's eGovernment Web portal through August 2007.  A
 wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (Nasdaq: EGOV), Virginia
 Interactive has developed and supported the Virginia Information Providers
 Network (VIPNet) since 1997.
     The five-year contract extension was approved by unanimous vote of the
 VIPNet Authority Board on March 20.  The 11-member organization, which
 oversees the operations of VIPNet (http://www.vipnet.org or
 http://www.state.va.us ), consists of representatives from private sector
 businesses and citizen interest groups as well as several state officials,
 including Virginia Secretary of Technology Donald Upson.
     "During the last four years, Virginia Interactive has delivered valuable
 eGovernment services to citizens and businesses on behalf of the Commonwealth,
 and we are pleased to extend this very productive partnership for another five
 years," said Jerry Simonoff, who serves as Chairman of the VIPNet Authority
 Board of Directors as well as Virginia's Director of the Department of
 Technology Planning.  "VIPNet is among the most innovative state portals in
 the nation, and we look forward to being on the leading edge of government
 technology development for years to come."
     Since its launch in March 1998, VIPNet has been recognized consistently as
 one of the nation's most progressive eGovernment portals.  In July 2000,
 Virginia became the first state in the nation to offer a personalized state
 government homepage service in the form of My Virginia.  VIPNet also pioneered
 the delivery of government services via Palm-based wireless devices and was
 the first state government portal to deliver unique services such as online
 customized legislative tracking and a consumer assistance portal to manage all
 aspects of citizen complaints.
     VIPNet is also among the country's most frequently used state Web sites.
 In 2000, the portal logged 134.8 million site hits, registered over 23.5
 million page views, and supported nearly 25 million transactions.  Its My
 Virginia personalization feature has received numerous awards during the past
 year, including a "Best of the Web" commendation from Government Technology
 magazine and the Center for Digital Government.
     "This contract extension is yet another vote of confidence from our
 partners in Virginia," said Jim Dodd, President and CEO of NIC.  "I want to
 thank the VIPNet Board of Directors and the Commonwealth of Virginia for
 giving us the privilege of continuing this great partnership.  We look forward
 to another five years of delivering top-notch eGovernment solutions to the
 Commonwealth's citizens and businesses.
 
     About VIPNet
     The Virginia Information Providers Network (VIPNet) is a state government
 entity that provides the Commonwealth of Virginia's homepage and official
 website (http://www.vipnet.org or http://www.state.va.us ).  VIPNet is also
 responsible for helping Virginia government entities make information and
 services available via the Internet.  It was built and is marketed, operated,
 and maintained by Virginia Interactive, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of
 NIC.
 
     About NIC
     NIC, "The eGovernment Company(TM)," delivers more Web-enabled government
 solutions than any other provider in the world.  The company is helping to
 transform the relationships between government and the communities it serves
 by providing convenient online government services that make life easier for
 businesses and citizens.  Through partnerships at all levels of government,
 NIC manages transactions for hundreds of state & local agencies that serve
 more than 44 million people in the United States and Canada.  For more
 information, visit NIC at http://www.nicusa.com .
 
     CONTACT: Stephanie Singer of Porter Novelli, 202-973-1379, or
 ssinger@porternovelli.com, for NIC.
 
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    RICHMOND, Va., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 Commonwealth of Virginia has extended the contract for Virginia Interactive,
 Inc., to manage the state's eGovernment Web portal through August 2007.  A
 wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (Nasdaq: EGOV), Virginia
 Interactive has developed and supported the Virginia Information Providers
 Network (VIPNet) since 1997.
     The five-year contract extension was approved by unanimous vote of the
 VIPNet Authority Board on March 20.  The 11-member organization, which
 oversees the operations of VIPNet (http://www.vipnet.org or
 http://www.state.va.us ), consists of representatives from private sector
 businesses and citizen interest groups as well as several state officials,
 including Virginia Secretary of Technology Donald Upson.
     "During the last four years, Virginia Interactive has delivered valuable
 eGovernment services to citizens and businesses on behalf of the Commonwealth,
 and we are pleased to extend this very productive partnership for another five
 years," said Jerry Simonoff, who serves as Chairman of the VIPNet Authority
 Board of Directors as well as Virginia's Director of the Department of
 Technology Planning.  "VIPNet is among the most innovative state portals in
 the nation, and we look forward to being on the leading edge of government
 technology development for years to come."
     Since its launch in March 1998, VIPNet has been recognized consistently as
 one of the nation's most progressive eGovernment portals.  In July 2000,
 Virginia became the first state in the nation to offer a personalized state
 government homepage service in the form of My Virginia.  VIPNet also pioneered
 the delivery of government services via Palm-based wireless devices and was
 the first state government portal to deliver unique services such as online
 customized legislative tracking and a consumer assistance portal to manage all
 aspects of citizen complaints.
     VIPNet is also among the country's most frequently used state Web sites.
 In 2000, the portal logged 134.8 million site hits, registered over 23.5
 million page views, and supported nearly 25 million transactions.  Its My
 Virginia personalization feature has received numerous awards during the past
 year, including a "Best of the Web" commendation from Government Technology
 magazine and the Center for Digital Government.
     "This contract extension is yet another vote of confidence from our
 partners in Virginia," said Jim Dodd, President and CEO of NIC.  "I want to
 thank the VIPNet Board of Directors and the Commonwealth of Virginia for
 giving us the privilege of continuing this great partnership.  We look forward
 to another five years of delivering top-notch eGovernment solutions to the
 Commonwealth's citizens and businesses.
 
     About VIPNet
     The Virginia Information Providers Network (VIPNet) is a state government
 entity that provides the Commonwealth of Virginia's homepage and official
 website (http://www.vipnet.org or http://www.state.va.us ).  VIPNet is also
 responsible for helping Virginia government entities make information and
 services available via the Internet.  It was built and is marketed, operated,
 and maintained by Virginia Interactive, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of
 NIC.
 
     About NIC
     NIC, "The eGovernment Company(TM)," delivers more Web-enabled government
 solutions than any other provider in the world.  The company is helping to
 transform the relationships between government and the communities it serves
 by providing convenient online government services that make life easier for
 businesses and citizens.  Through partnerships at all levels of government,
 NIC manages transactions for hundreds of state & local agencies that serve
 more than 44 million people in the United States and Canada.  For more
 information, visit NIC at http://www.nicusa.com .
 
     CONTACT: Stephanie Singer of Porter Novelli, 202-973-1379, or
 ssinger@porternovelli.com, for NIC.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X11168185
 
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