The Dept. of Finance, Division of Purchasing, established a Web page at , which includes purchasing contracts available for use by local boards of education.


The state library and the Dept. of Education arranged a statewide downlink of "The E-Rate: Universal Service Telecommunications Discounts for Schools and Libraries." Participants from schools, libraries and vendors interacted with experts on the latest information on Universal Service regulation via phone, fax and e-mail.


The U.S. Dept. of Transportation selected northern Arizona as one of only two rural areas in the nation that will receive funds to help demonstrate how advanced computer technology can benefit travel in rural areas.


The Arkansas Highway Commission is installing PrePass, a system that electronically verifies a truck's state-required credentials, which allows them to bypass inspection facilities.


The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. is using facial recognition software developed by Viisage Technology and ImageWare Software Inc. to produce electronic lineups for crime witnesses.


The state implemented the Bid Information and Distribution System, which opens bidding information to any business interested in selling goods and services to state agencies.


The state is making it tougher for individuals to collect welfare benefits in multiple states by using biometric technology that cross-matches finger image files with similar data in New Jersey. Plans to share data with New York are also under way.


The Dept. of Education received 10 Omnibook laptop computers and five Deskjet printers from Hewlett-Packard. The equipment will be used in their Science Education-In-Motion Van project.


Palm Beach County is working with PlanGraphics Inc. to develop a data model to support the Palm Beach County GIS/LIS implementation. The project focuses on building an enterprise-wide common data model that will support the GIS needs of 15 county agencies.


The Office of Planning and Budget launched a new Web site at .


Liliuokalani Elementary School students held a videoconference with Hawaii U.S. Representative Neil Abercrombie. The students used the occasion to test a new, low-cost desktop videoconferencing technology.


Ben Plehal, a senior at Cascade High School, was named a winner in the 1997 Student Technology Leaders Competition for his work in helping his town use technology to access resources and share information around the world.


McClean County is implementing an Integrated Justice Information System developed by BDM International Inc. When completed, the system will save $1.2 million annually, according to county estimates.


The Dept. of Health awarded a $3.5 million contract to Wang Government Services to provide an automated food delivery payment and management information system for the Indiana WIC program.


The Governor's Commission on Educational Excellence for the 21st Century recently presented a report to Gov. Terry Branstad that recommends the use of technology and new teaching methods to best prepare the state's children for rewarding careers.


Sedgwick County won an honorable mention in Public Technology Inc.'s 1997 Solutions/Technology Achievement Awards competition for a client and case management computer system they built for only $423,000.


The state was recognized by the National Association of State Information Resource Executives for their Worker's Information System -- a statewide client/server application that automates social services program areas.


The Lafayette Utility System is utilizing a new ArcView GIS-based facility/work management system called Pipeworks, which manages work orders, work histories, inspections, customer inquiries and other data. ESRI ARC News.