History & Background


Colorado State Capitol

In response to the Portal Plan in Senate Bill 03-336, Senate Bill 04-244 (C.R.S. § 24-37.7-101 et seq.) was passed and signed to create the Statewide Internet Portal Authority.

 SIPA was charged to create an efficient, effective, and user friendly statewide internet portal to serve as a place where citizens can electronically access state government information, products, and services, as well as provide e-Government services to state and local governments.


The cornerstone of the Colorado.gov Portal operations has been the establishment of the Self-Funded Model. What does this mean? The Self-Funded Model requires no additional tax dollars or appropriated funds. Under this model, other revenue sources are identified and established to fund the portal. The self-funded portal remains financially viable by charging approved administrative fees on certain transaction services. The fees are then reinvested in the portal to provide infrastructure and services that enhance the efficiency of Colorado government interactions with citizens and businesses. Services provided through the Self-Funded Model are typically built, maintained, and supported at no cost to governmental agencies. Using the Self-Funded Model, agencies can increase service offerings to their constituents, and citizens can take advantage of the services to make their interaction with Colorado government more efficient and convenient.