Jury selection system wins e-gov award

Jury selection system wins e-gov award

An electronic jury selection system designed by a Washington attorney won the Council for Excellence in Government's first Imagine E-Government Award this month.

E-Gov Award judges
Above: Among the judges for the Imagine E-Government Awards were, from left, Jerry Mechling of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Kentucky chief information officer Aldona Valicenti, Common Cause president Scott Harshbarger and Arun Baheti, California's director of e-government. They took part in a panel discussion at the event.

Below, left: Washington attorney Tenley Carp took the top prize for her work on Jurysignup.com.

Below, right: Shirley Malia of the Commerce Department's Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office chats with Robert C. Wible, left, of the National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards, and Wallace O. Keene of Keene Ideas Inc. of Derwood, Md.

E-gov Award attendees
The system, called Jurysignup.com and created by Tenley Carp, was selected from among 130 entries submitted. Eight entries made it to the final cut.

Carp, a native of Omaha, Neb., is a legal consultant on government contracts and electronic-commerce issues. She has been working on Jurysignup.com for two years. The system produces a jury duty summons, lets citizens respond online or over the telephone, establishes citizen eligibility and can generate panel questionnaires.

Two court systems are considering piloting the system. She received a $50,000 cash award for her idea.

The council created the awards competition last year. President Clinton announced it June 24, 2000, during the first live White House webcast; the Bush administration has also supported the program.

A list of the other finalists can be seen on the council's Web site, at www.excelgov.org.

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