agencies and departments, including community colleges.

Massachusetts

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.

Michigan

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.

Minnesota

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.

Mississippi

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.

Missouri

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

Montana Power contracted with HTE Inc. to provide an integrated suite of utility software products and services.

Nebraska

Gov. E. Benjamin Nelson is fighting an amendment that would drastically reduce funding for educational programs in the state, including Technology Innovative Challenge Grants.

Nevada

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.

New Hampshire

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.

New Jersey

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.

New Mexico

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.

New York

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.

North Carolina

The state completed the installation of the first phase of a statewide public safety mobile data network.

North Dakota

Cass County implemented an online records imaging system for payroll and personnel records, which simplifies filing and makes record retrieval easier. County News.

Ohio

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.

Oklahoma

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.

Oregon

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.

Pennsylvania

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.

Rhode Island

The Exeter-West Greenwich School Committee was set at press time to vote on a

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