Briefs: Virginia Government Agencies Face Deadline for Agreement with Northrop Grumman

California CIO Teri Takai to address state's IT future; New Hampshire's e-mail retention called into question.

by / May 10, 2010
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Photo: Sam Nixon, CIO, Virginia/Photo courtesy of Friends of Sam Nixon

Virginia's IT Agreement Won't be One-Size-Fits-All, CIO Says (Video)

Virginia CIO Samuel Nixon says the state's ability to rectify its agreement with Northrop Grumman will have implications for similar deals that could be struck by the state.

In an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch Friday, May 7, Nixon said that the IT management and services agreement will ensure that data is secure, and that agencies like the Department of Emergency Management and the State Police -- two bureaucracies that have expressed concern -- won't have to work under one-size-fits-all terms and conditions.

Virginia agencies have until May 15 to agree to a service deal with Northrop Grumman.

Gov. Bob McDonnell named Nixon -- a former state legislator with IT expertise -- to the CIO post in March. The $3.2 billion deal had been plagued by cost overruns and customer dissatisfaction.

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch


California CIO Teri Takai to Address State's IT Future

California's technology chief will talk about the future of IT in state government Tuesday morning, May 11, during the opening keynote at GTC West: The California Digital Government Summit, a conference sponsored by eRepublic Inc., the parent company of Government Technology.

Takai was recently nominated by President Barack Obama to become the CIO of the U.S. Department of Defense, pending approval by Congress.

Photo by Gerry McIntyre


New Hampshire's E-Mail Retention Called into Question

New Hampshire's lack of a centralized policy for e-mail retention has been called into question after the e-mail of the state's former attorney general, Kelly Ayotte, was found to be deleted after being out of office after less than a year.

The "loophole" allows individual agencies, not the state's IT department, to determine how long a departed employee's e-mail is retained and archived.

Source: New Hampshire Union Leader