A 3-year-old purchase-card program for small purchases has saved the state government more than $16.8 million through July, according to the bank working with the state. The program puts a state credit card in the hands of the appropriate person at every state agency, and may be used for purchases of up to $1,000.
Jefferson County, the state's largest, has installed a Web-based system giving employees round-the-clock access to health, life, dental and other benefit information over the state intranet, or via a toll-free phone line.
Installing a second power circuit for Anchorage meant going underwater and laying cable across a 3.5-mile distance. Electric-power substations at Point Mackenzie and Point Woronzof will be connected with the new cable, plus Chugach's main power plant, located in Beluga, will be connected to Anchorage via the new cables.
The Legislature's Advanced Communications and Information Technology Committee met in mid-August to discuss technological trends in the state's telecommunications infrastructure and policies for disposing of obsolete technology.
Arizona's largest state agencies are 90 percent Y2K ready, said Gov. Jane Dee Hull. Medium-size agencies are 95 percent ready and the smallest agencies are 93 percent ready, according to a report issued in late July. The goal established last year was to achieve cumulative agency scores of at least 90 by June 30. Of the 239 mission --critical computer applications identified by the state, all but 16 are now replaced or repaired, fully tested and in production.
Gov. Gray Davis, at the end of July, signed into law a bill allowing electronic signatures and digital signatures to be used in brokerage agreements. His office said it's the first such law in the nation.
Colorado Springs School District No. 11 implemented a new financial and human-resources system in late July. The district, the state's fourth largest, has 60 schools, 33,175 students and 3,400 employees -- a big load that the new software will make easier to handle.
The Department of Information Technology site includes a Y2K information page
Motorola has agreed to fix problems with the state's $50 million radio communications system. Tests show low signal levels in Hartly, Rehoboth, Brandywine Hundred, Claymont and Hockessin. USA Today
Clearwater's Fire and Rescue Department will use infrared imaging technology to help find and prevent blazes. A handheld thermal imaging unit will let firefighters see through smoke, improving safety and effectiveness.
The state's switch to a new computer system for general ledger and purchasing went off without a serious glitch this summer, the governor's chief technology adviser said. "They turned it on at 11:56 [a.m.] and no one's called me to say 'uh-oh,' " Jim Flowers, adviser to Gov. Roy Barnes, said the day the system went up. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Gov. Benjamin Cayetano recently released $8.2 million from the state's construction budget to upgrade the technical infrastructure in Hawaii's public schools. These improvements will ensure that all classrooms are prepared to receive more computers for learning. This is the second inst- allment of a total of $20 million designated for technology improvements in schools.
The Nampa City Council voted 3-1 to withhold $50,000 in book-procurement funds unless the public library puts pornography filters on its two Internet terminals. While noting that the terminals are already in constant view of staff members, librarians said they are studying filters to find the best software for the job. Idaho Press-Tribune