The Integrated Services Program (ISP) is the consolidation of VITA's public safety communications and geographic information system (GIS) services into a single, integrated program. It is organized in three service units, the Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN) Division; the Public Safety Communications (PSC) Division; and ISP Regional Outreach Program. The PSC Division supports local 9-1-1 programs through funding and technical assistance and provides staff support to the 9-1-1 Services Board. The VGIN Division supports local and state agency GIS programs through technical and data assistance and provides staff support to the VGIN Advisory Board. Both divisions utilize a common outreach effort through the ISP Regional Outreach Program, improving the efficiency of the program since many efforts impact both services. Together, the ISP divisions are prepared to help any local 9-1-1 or GIS program and state agencies GIS programs to provide their services to the citizens of Virginia better, faster or cheaper.
May 8, 2018
The 9-1-1 Services Board is required by code to recalculate the wireless funding distribution percentages for Virginia Public Safety Answering Points on or before July 1. The distribution percentages are based on a new funding formula that equally averages population and total 9-1-1 calls and includes a $40,000 minimum. This minimum is based off a revenue estimate of $29,500,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2019. When calculating the new percentages, VITA ISP staff used 2017 population estimates from the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center and "total 9-1-1 calls" call load data from FY13 - FY17. These new percentages will be reflected in the first FY19 funding payment that PSAPs receive in August 2018. Please contact your regional coordinator or VITA ISP staff member with any questions.
May 1, 2018
The May edition of Network News is now available. CIO Nelson Moe discusses the Digital States Survey this month. Also included are the agencies will participate in IT infrastructure governance, an overview of the NG 9-1-1 deployment plan that offers assistance to localities and VITA encourages agencies to submit their work requests soon.
April 24, 2018
The adopted plan will help localities enhance emergency communications. VITA’s Steve Marzolf, who directs the agency’s program that assists localities with emergency communications, said a contract has been awarded to AT&T to provide NG 9-1-1 services in Fairfax County. That contract can be used by all localities. Localities notify the 9-1-1 Services Board of their interest in the contract, reach a participation agreement with AT&T and move forward with deployment. Using the contract, which meets state procurement regulations, eliminates the need for localities to spend money and staff time on required procurement activities.
April 13, 2018
A new Center for Digital Government white paper titled "Understanding Cloud Procurement: A Guide for Government Leaders" mentions Virginia's efforts. VITA's Demetris Rodgers, director of enterprise services, and Sonja Headley, senior contract analyst and cloud compliance lead, provided information on VITA's best practices when moving to the cloud while protecting information entrusted to the commonwealth.
April 2, 2018
In this month's edition, CIO Nelson Moe provides information on telecommunicators training being offered during the month of April. Also included are updates on state agencies transition of messaging services, the awarded managed security contract and three days remaining to register for the 2018 security conference.