First prize for Austrian Finance Ministry in eGovernment Competition 2017 in Berlin "Representation management" wins category "Best Infrastructure Project"

At the 16th eGovernment Competition held in Berlin, the Austrian Ministry of Finance won first place in the category "Best Infrastructure Project" with its project "Representation management for eGovernment in Austria". Through the central administration of representational powers, standardized data recording and multiple use in administrative procedures, according to the once-only principle, the winning project aims to reduce administrative outlay for participants, authorities and service providers.

The best digitalization and modernization projects, cooperations and IT infrastructures in public administration have been identified; on 20 June 2017, corporate consultancy firm BearingPoint, jointly with technology provider Cisco, awarded prizes to the winners of this year's eGovernment Competition on the main stage at the 4th Congress for the Future of State and Governance. First prize in the category "Best Infrastructure Project" was won by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance; it was above all the potential all-round usability of central representation management across all areas of Austrian eGovernment which most impressed the jury.

Representation management provides a digital infrastructure with the aid of which both businesses and individuals can arrange to be represented simply, securely and transparently also in digital administrative procedures by auditors, lawyers, notaries and accountants. The service is intended to be offered to all Austrian administrative entities and forms a basic part of an Austria-wide, customer-oriented digitalization strategy on the part of the Austrian administration.

"Through achieving this prize, the Austrian Finance Ministry has once again evidenced its pioneering role in the implementation of innovative and modern eGovernment projects. This award for the representation management project underlines the importance of central solutions for the digitalization of administration, as we have been exemplifying since as far back as 2013, through our Business Service Portal," explained Finance Minister Schelling.

The eGovernment Competition, which has been held annually since 2000, rewards the best eGovernment projects on all administrative levels, from Austria, Switzerland and Germany, which are making a key contribution to the modernization of public administration services.