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In the spring of 2001, a group of representatives of state agencies gathered to talk about improving AccessOregon, the state’s Web site. They discussed the need for a common look and feel, and sought ways to improve the organization of the site. One attendee suggested obtaining a “.gov” domain. After contacting the federal agency that controls that domain, the state of Oregon soon purchased the “Oregon.gov” and “OR.gov” domain names.
In 2003, the Governor issued an executive order and launched an effort to create a content management system that would create a common look and feel for all state Web content, as well as a common platform for editing and publishing. The group met again to discuss a new publishing model, key user tasks, and changing the way users navigate.
As the discussions progressed, the group members saw a need for a permanent Web policy board to “evaluate effectiveness, legal and statutory compliance, content and standards policies, etc.”  The E-governance Board as we know it today emerged to meet those needs. 
The Board addresses issues that arise in the administration of the state’s Web site, Oregon.gov. With guidance from the DAS Director, the board makes decisions that solve the Web-related business needs of state agencies. Among the issues the Board addresses are the look and feel of the state’s Web presence, taxonomy, changes and additions to the design template, and addition of new services like collaboration tools.
E-governance board charter