Volume 14, Number 7
CIO Nelson Moe
Registration for the 2019 Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) is now open. COVITS is scheduled for Sept. 4-5 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
Communications strategist and motivational speaker Kelly Swanson will deliver the opening keynote address. Morgan Wright, senior fellow at the Center for Digital Government, is on the agenda as the featured speaker.
Registration and event information can be found at https://events.govtech.com/
Entries for the 2019 Governor’s Technology Awards are due by midnight on July 11.
Awards will be given in nine categories that recognize local, state and educational entities’ IT efforts. Submissions should focus on improvements in government through the strategic use of IT. All entries must be submitted by a Virginia public body.
Award categories include:
VITA held its second services fair on June 26 at the Monroe Building in downtown Richmond. Approximately 100 staff from state agencies attended and spoke with suppliers about the new products and services available on July 1. Many in attendance also participated in the first services fair in May. VITA finance staff held 15-minute question and answer sessions with individuals interested in learning more about ITFM, rates-and-what will be new in FY20.
In an exit survey, 94% of attendees rated the fair as a valuable use of their time. Survey results indicate 96% understand what services are available.
VITA extends appreciation to all who attended and participated, and to the suppliers for helping create such a successful event.
The update to SEC502-03 Information Security Audit Standard is posted on the VITA website at https://www.vita.virginia.gov/
Effective July 1, VITA is issuing a high-risk solicitation and contract policy that requires agencies planning to conduct an IT procurement under a delegation of authority to notify VITA‘s supply chain management (SCM) division immediately. SCM will provide advice and consulting services to agencies to assist in preparing the required performance metrics and enforcement provisions.
The policy was created as a result of the General Assembly’s addition of §2.2-4303.01 “High-risk contracts; definition; review” to the Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA).
Section 2.2-4303.01(A) of the VPPA defines a high-risk contract as any public contract with a state public body that is anticipated to either:
Section 2.2-4303(B) requires that prior to issuing a solicitation for a high-risk IT contract, a state public body shall submit such solicitation for review by:
Section 2.2-4303(C) requires that prior to award of a high-risk IT contract the contract shall be reviewed by:
Agencies are advised to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to notify VITA of an upcoming high-risk procurement.
Effective July 1, customer account managers (CAMs) at VITA will be called customer information technology administrators (CITAs). The name change comes as a result of reorganization within VITA. There are currently two CITA positions advertised in the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) job listings.
The role of CITAs has also changed with the commencement of the new multisourcing model. CITAs will now have a more strategic role with agencies and should be included in discussions about IT strategic planning, rates changes and budget decision packages, as well as discussions about potential new services and questions about billing of existing services. CITAs will continue to own the overall account, and are directly responsible for driving escalated issues, both business and operational, to resolution.
Business relationship managers (BRMs), the liaisons between the multisourcing service integrator (MSI) and agencies, have a tactical and operational role. BRMs will continue to drive day-to-day operational activities related to the MSI. BRMs will also continue to serve as the bridge between the MSI, agencies and the VITA service portal.