Volume 12, Number 1
From the CIO
VITA is a service organization, and our job is to provide a business-like approach to the management of the IT services that we provide to state and local government entities.
Currently, we have several initiatives underway to reduce costs and improve productivity for both state and local government: the Comprehensive Information Technology Assessments, the Telephone Expense Management (wireless) usage audit, solutions to support increased productivity, technology upgrades, the state Web portal and initiatives of the Governor’s Reform Commission. Localities also can lower costs by leveraging VITA’s pre-negotiated statewide contracts, including telecommunication services and statement of work and IT staffing projects through VITA's contract with Computer Aid Inc. (CAI).
To achieve our goals, VITA is aligning our priorities to the new Commonwealth Technology Business Plan, which indicates where future IT projects can best support the Commonwealth’s strategic business priorities. The plan was developed and approved by the Information Technology Advisory Council (ITAC), which is charged with providing business advice and direction to me and to the Secretary of Technology. ITAC members represent agency business leaders and citizens and is chaired by Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey.
Last year, Cabinet secretaries and the Council on Virginia’s Future collaborated to develop the Commonwealth of Virginia Enterprise Strategic Priorities. That document arranges the cabinet secretaries’ designated business priorities according to the council’s seven long-term goals and provides strategies for implementation. The council and VITA staff, in conjunction with an ITAC workgroup, evaluated potential IT initiatives against those defined business priorities.
As CIO, I will use the plan’s key initiatives as the starting point for the 2012 update of the Statewide IT Strategic Plan. Workgroups of stakeholders will identify the most promising opportunities and recommend a specific action plan and schedule. The plan will provide guidance to executive branch agencies for development of IT strategic plans and projects, and to evaluate and prioritize agencies’ major IT projects and make recommendations for funding.
I anticipate that many of you are involved in similar planning endeavors for 2012. As in past years, some of our projects likely will offer business value to local government. I look forward to another year of working with you toward our shared goals.
VITA contracts can assist governments with accessibility compliance
VITA has contracts available to aid public bodies in making software applications and operating systems, web applications and electronic documents compliant with the mandated requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. These statewide contracts offer prenegotiated terms and conditions and quick access to a compliant procurement.
View contracts for assistance with accessibility compliance
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Yours for the asking: Orthoimagery web services
Beginning this month, VITA's Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN) will offer all imagery web services free of charge! For further information or questions regarding these services, please contact John Owens, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: GIS baseline survey for localities
VGIN's GIS baseline survey for localities, designed to gain a comprehensive understanding of localities' GIS capabilities and services, was released in November. If you are with a locality but have not completed a survey, please contact your VGIN regional coordinator for assistance.
January Information Security Tips
The January issue of Information Security Tips provides consumers with tips to stay safe on social networking sites. This newsletter provides information related to specific security standards for state employees and general information that
home computer users will find valuable in protecting against cyber and
Read January Information Security
December VGIN News Brief
edition of the VGIN News Brief details the Virginia Geographic Information Network's (VGIN) work on one of its top priorities for 2012, the Commonwealth GIS Clearinghouse. The GIS Clearinghouse will be an online location for searching, discovering and accessing available GIS data within the Commonwealth of Virginia. GIS data and web data services will be accessible via the Web, regardless of physical location, to GIS users and ordinary citizens. Primary users and data providers will be government (local, regional, state, federal), but other stakeholders include non profits, academia, private sector firms, and citizens.
Read December VGIN News Brief