Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Department of Revenue has released a statement regarding the state's Permanent Fund Dividend website crash on Tuesday, Jan. 1.
According to department special assistant Genevieve Wojtusik, the state closed the online application system for the 2019 Permanent Fund Dividend on Tuesday due to technical issues that were preventing applicants from submitting their applications.
“The online security of all Alaskans continues to be our number one priority,” said Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman. “We sincerely apologize to all Alaskans for the technical problems and want Alaskans to know we are working as quickly as possible to correct today’s complications and will have the application live once we are confident these issues are resolved.”
There are reports that some applicants have inadvertently seen personal information belonging to other applicants that already filed for the dividend. The state’s information technology systems are managed by the Alaska Department of Administration.
According to Wojtusik, staff is working with Department of Revenue staff to protect Alaskans personal information and will not re-open the site until they are confident that all personal information submitted online for this year’s dividend is both safe and secure.