Briefs: Virginia Updating Software, Wisconsin Improving Contracts Website

Reno, Nev., and Washoe County are considering a merger of their IT functions.

by / May 4, 2010
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Photo: Sam Nixon, CIO, Virginia/Photo courtesy of Friends of Sam Nixon

Virginia Upgrades Software, Picks New IT Services Vendor

Virginia and IT partner Northrop Grumman are refreshing state workers' productivity software and Web browsers, in another step toward improving the state's IT outsourcing agreement.

A new vendor is also taking over Virginia's IT managed services contract, Virginia CIO Samuel Nixon said in the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) monthly newsletter released Monday, May. 3.

VITA and Northrop Grumman will roll out Microsoft Office 2007 over the next 18 months, beginning with a pilot in the Department of Education. Delivery of the Internet Explorer 8 Web browser is expected by December.

Orlando, Fla.-based ZeroChaos will become Virginia's new provider of managed IT services, according to VITA. The new contract will reduce overhead fees by up to 15 percent compared to previous contracts, according to the agency.

Source: Virginia Information Technologies Agency


Wisconsin Boosting State Contracts Website

A spokesman for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, which operates the state's Contract Sunshine website, says changes are under way that will add data to the site, which is supposed to disclose spending data for state contracts of more than $10,000.

A newspaper audit found large chunks of the necessary data wasn't being put online. The board blamed "technical issues, a lack of resources and limited enforcement power" and is currently exploring technology upgrades, according to local media.

Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette


Nevada City and County to Consider IT Merger

The Reno, Nev., City Council has voted to merge personnel, information technology and purchasing services with Washoe County, which wants to study the idea before moving forward.

Source: The Reno Gazette-Journal