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Virginia's Information Technology May Answer to a Higher Power

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Democrat R. Creigh Deeds says he plans to make Virginia's massive computer agency the first to face performance reviews if he's elected governor.

Deeds wants the chief of Virginia's Information Technologies Agency needs to report to the governor, as other state agencies do. The technology agency was created six years ago to standardize the state's computing systems, and was supposed to streamline the government. But instead of a more efficient and inexpensive system, state agencies are complaining that prices are higher, delays are longer and service to the system is poor. The complaints triggered three inquiries into the tech agency's 10-year, $2.3 billion partnership with defense company Northrop Grumman. It is the largest contract to a single vendor for one project ever in Virginia.

Stephanie Kaye reports...


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