agencies and departments, including community colleges.
The Dept. of Revenue's Child Support Enforcement Division contracted with Lockheed Martin IMS to begin processing child support payments for more than 200,000 needy families.
Dept. of Management and Budget Director Mark A. Murray announced the initiation of a network conversion and consolidation project that will save $1 million annually. DMB's Office of Computing and Telecommunications is transferring the network for the Child Support Enforcement System into the state's consolidated wide area network.
The Legislature created an information policy task force with members appointed by the governor and Legislature. The task force is to report by January 1999 on data practices and necessary changes in the law. Privacy Journal.
David L. Litchliter, executive director of the Dept. of Information Technology Services, was appointed to the 1997-98 Executive Committee of the National Association of State Information Resource Executives.
Administrators in school districts throughout the state are now able to shop for a vast array of competitively bid products directly from the Internet by using Ambac Connect's electronic Buy Board.
Montana Power contracted with HTE Inc. to provide an integrated suite of utility software products and services.
Gov. E. Benjamin Nelson is fighting an amendment that would drastically reduce funding for educational programs in the state, including Technology Innovative Challenge Grants.
The Dept. of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation implemented an Interactive Voice Response system to improve claim processing procedures, reduce traffic in local branch offices and increase employee productivity. PeriGram.
Wake Forest University is using Cabletron Systems' business and technology solutions to help carry out a plan to enhance undergraduate education. Part of the plan calls for enabling students to link to each other, their professors, the university library and other campus network sources.
The State Dept. of Education's Office of School-to-Career and College Initiatives selected the American Design Drafting Association's Curriculum Certification Program. The program will help to upgrade the existing drafting programs throughout the state.
The New Mexico Dept. of Public Safety received a $172,727 grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to help them achieve compatibility with national identification systems that aid law enforcement investigations.
Oswego County purchased a fault-tolerant Stratus Continuum 400 computer system and Tiburon Inc.'s CAD/2000 Computer Aided-Dispatch software to handle the countywide dispatch of sheriff's department officers, state police, firefighters and emergency medical services professionals.
The state completed the installation of the first phase of a statewide public safety mobile data network.
Cass County implemented an online records imaging system for payroll and personnel records, which simplifies filing and makes record retrieval easier. County News.
Licking and Pickaway counties are using Transmap to map public roads and create a sub-meter road centerline land base and a digital image inventory.
The state approved a bill that will provide the Oklahoma state Dept. of Vo-Tech up to $7 million. The money will be used to train teachers on a statewide basis in the most effective use of telecommunications and distance learning.
Sixty-four school districts were awarded grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 to develop strategic, long-range technology plans. The money is part of a $1.9 million grant awarded to the state by the U.S. Dept. of Education.
The commonwealth is using RCC Consultants Inc. to provide system integration, project management, engineering and quality assurance services for a new statewide Mobile Radio and Microwave System that will support all state level agencies.
The Exeter-West Greenwich School Committee was set at press time to vote on a