|OKLAHOMA'S eGOV NEWS REPORT|
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State of Oklahoma Offers Easy, Online Way to Apply for Job Opportunities
The state of Oklahoma offers careers in almost every occupation with excellent pay and benefits, but best of all, they offer the ability to apply online any time, day or night.
The Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) OKCAREERS, the state’s web-based employment application, testing, applicant tracking, and certification system, has been in operation for one year. It has assisted the state’s hiring process with upwards of 10,000 applications processed monthly and more than 2,636 hires since January 23, 2008.
Some of the features of OKCAREERS include:
• An online employment application that may be completed using any Internet browser 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
• A single online employment application can be copied into other listed vacancies, which enables applicants to easily apply for multiple jobs.
• Electronic submission of resumes, transcripts, certificates, veteran’s preference materials, and other applicant-related materials.
• Up-to-date listings of specific vacancies in state agencies for classified job titles. OPM lists these vacancies as soon as the requisition has been reviewed and approved. (more)
• Alerts for interested applicants who can choose to be notified by email when selected job categories become vacant.
“The applicants love the ability to be notified of open positions via email and the ease of applying with just a few clicks,” states Cassandra Patmon, a Human Resources Specialist in the Applicant Services Division of the Office of Personnel Management.
Future plans call for including both unclassified and internal state job announcements in the system which will allow current State employees to enjoy the same benefits of an inclusive vacancy listing and expedient online application as outside applicants.
City of Harrah Announces New Online Bill Pay Options
The city of Harrah is pleased to offer residents and businesses the opportunity to pay a number of bills online, including bond/citation payments, pavilion and amphitheater deposit/rent payments, and utility payments. Harrah residents and businesses can access the online bill pay system by visiting http://www.harrah-ok.gov/ and clicking on “I Want To …” and then “Pay My Bill”.
“We are very optimistic that adding online credit card payments to our Web site will prove to be a tremendous convenience to all of our citizens,” said Deborah Miner, City Clerk. “It will save them valuable time, and we are committed to simplifying the process as much as we can.”
Harrah’s Online Bill Pay System is a product of a partnership between the city of Harrah and Oklahoma’s Official Web site, http://www.ok.gov.
Visa and MasterCard payments can be made 24 hours a day and are processed through OK.gov’s secure payment engine. OK.gov abides by rigorous policies and procedures to safeguard all personal information, such as banking information and personal data. This ensures that citizens can be confident that their payments are safe, private, and secure.
E-File Opens for 2009 With New Features to Expand Taxpayer Access, Help Speed Refunds
The Internal Revenue Service today announced the Jan. 16 opening of an expanded IRS e-file program for 2008 federal tax returns, highlighted by new features that will allow expanded access to electronic filing and help people looking for faster refunds.
IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman encouraged taxpayers to explore e-file this year as the best option to file accurate tax returns and get fast refunds during the current economic downturn. The e-file program also includes new improvements to the Free File program that will allow nearly all taxpayers to e-file for free.
"These are tough times, and e-file is the best way for people to get cash in their pocket quickly," said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. "Filing electronically with direct deposit can get refunds to taxpayers in as few as 10 days. Combined with important changes in the Free File program, we believe e-file is a better option than ever before for the nation's taxpayers."
Last year the average refund was $2,429. The IRS realizes people need their refunds quickly. Shulman urged people who haven't e-filed before to consider the e-file option this year.
IRS e-file totaled nearly 90 million tax returns in 2008. Almost 58 percent of all returns were filed electronically. Last year, there was a surge in e-file from home computers. Nearly 27 million people prepared their own e-file return. That's an increase of more than 19 percent from the previous year.
IRS e-file meets the needs of nearly all taxpayers, no matter how complicated or simple their returns are. E-file helps taxpayers take advantage of the tax credits available to them to maximize their refunds during these tough economic times.
A variety of tax software products are available commercially that offer e-file. This year, several of them will not charge additional fees for e-filing for the first time.
In addition, most taxpayers qualify for free tax preparation offered through Free File on IRS.gov. Regardless of income level, taxpayers who are comfortable with filling out paper tax forms and who don't need extra assistance can use the IRS's new Free File Fillable Forms. These new online versions of paper tax forms that can be e-filed are available for the first time by visiting the IRS.gov Free File site.
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Launches New Blog Site
Secretary of Agriculture, Terry Peach, said the new Internet site will be updated regularly about programs, agricultural issues and news of events and items of interest to agriculturists and consumers.
“This is a project that will continue to evolve and grow throughout the future,” he said. “I hope people will visit the site and offer suggestions for things they would like to see added or changed.
“We hope this will be a tool that supplements other news sources and provides coverage to people in locations with limited access to agricultural news,” Peach said. “It is our obligation to keep our citizens as informed as possible.”
Wildfire conditions, training programs, grant and loan programs and licensing announcements are a few examples of the sites beginning content. A Made in Oklahoma recipe is also posted each Wednesday.
Oklahoma State Fire Marshal
- Robert Doke,
Oklahoma Department of Mines
- Mary Ann Pritchard,
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