Day 21: Your business license, now digitized - Accelerate Illinois’ Modernization – a 30-day blog spree

It is time to celebrate a success.

Previously we have talked about innovation coming out of agencies that then need to be scaled enterprise-wide to make quick, high-value, customer-centric transformation. Today, I would like to share an example of that.

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (IDFPR) regulates over 250 different professions and 1.2 million illinois licenses. Bryan Schneider was tapped by Governor Rauner last year to lead IDFPR's team of 450. Bryan has a long and distinguished career in the private sector, most recently as the Divisional Vice President – Health Law for Walgreens, Inc. Under Secretary Schneider's leadership IDFPR achieved a major customer-centric milestone last week.

Secretary Schneider had announced a paperless initiative for IDFPR:

Paperless licensing and renewals were implemented for the professions licensed and regulated by the Divisions of Real Estate and Professional Regulation. The transition away from paper-based renewals and licenses means that regulated professionals will now be able to renew their license quickly and easily online, and be provided proof of licensure through email and IDFPR’s License Lookup application. The move to paperless technology is part of the IDFPR's ongoing efforts to modernize the state’s regulatory agency and will save the state nearly $3 million in postage, paper and printing costs over the next five years.

Last week, IDFPR took one more step towards automation. Digital licenses ware made available to over a million IDFPR licensees: A Licensee can view and print a license wherever/whenever needed, including display it on a mobile device.

One key thing to note: 100% credit for this automation goes to IDFPR - Secretary Bryan Schneider, CIO Sunil Thomas, Chief of Staff Brandon Purcell and IDFPR leadership team. This was envisioned and executed 100% by the agency. We will now look to scale it enterprise–wide. As we continue the technology-infused transformation at the state, we are looking to expedite these type of innovations in one agency and copy/paste them throughout the enterprise.

Let's congratulate IDFPR for successful progress towards automation and an Illinois Business licensee for having it slightly easier to do business in the State of Illinois.

More tomorrow…

Short bios:

Secretary Bryan Schneider, IDFPR:
As Secretary of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations, Bryan and his team of 450 is responsible for regulatory and licensure oversight of all Illinois state-chartered banks, credit unions, and non-depository financial institutions together with more than 250 professions, representing 1.2 million licensees including all health care professionals practicing in Illinois. Prior to being tapped by the Governor, Bryan has a long and distinguished career in the private sector. Most recently he was the Divisional Vice President – Health Law for Walgreens, Inc.

Sunil Thomas, CIO IDFPR:
Sunil Thomas joined as IDFPR CIO last summer. He is responsible for automation of IDFPR’s processes while reducing usage of paper. Prior to joining IDFPR, Sunil was the Deputy CIO for the City of Chicago and lead deployment of City’s Inspections and permitting system. Sunil worked for Oracle Corporation in the earlier part of last decade.