have a major impact on our public schools, which has always been a passion for Brian. DIR stole Brian away from TEA a few years ago, and I know people in their leadership are very happy to have him back."

Outsourcing Stumbles

Texas isn't the only state to experience slow-going progress on big IT outsourcing projects. The Virginia Information Technologies Agency came under fire this summer because of cost overruns and subpar performance associated with its $2.4 billion, 10-year contract with Northrop Grumman for management and consolidation of the state's IT services.

Virginia CIO Lem Stewart was replaced in June after he attempted to withhold payment to Northrop Grumman. The problems prompted Gov. Tim Kaine to ask the state General Assembly to put the CIO under his control. In August, Stewart was succeeded by George Coulter, a veteran private-sector software executive.

Matt Williams  |  Associate Editor