Volume 17, Number 7
Since Virginia’s workforce has been remote for about 90 days, it’s important to remember to log into VPN to keep accounts active and update passwords.
Users must check in to the network at least once every 90 days or their computer accounts could be deactivated. Additionally, checking in will ensure patches and updates are being installed. Even if users don’t connect to VPN during the day, overnight connections while leaving the system running on weeknights is best.
When changing passwords, for best results, users should connect to the virtual private network (VPN) or VPN alternative to avoid possible issues synchronizing with some applications.
VITA’s multisourcing service integrator (MSI) implementation project has been closed out. Closing this project is more than just a single milestone for VITA: it is the culmination of over four years of effort, which included eight implementation projects and the transition assist program that offboarded our previous supplier. It has been a long and challenging implementation, but closing the project means we have turned the corner into the future.
VITA’s relationships with suppliers are based on mutual benefit and accountability. To maximize value to the commonwealth and our customers, we will continue to focus on supplier accountability to improve and optimize our new operating model. For VITA, our future state will focus on stability, customer success and innovative service introduction. We will be agile, proactive and adaptive to changing circumstances.
VITA has satisfied full repayment of the $165M line of credit we were granted to terminate the contract with our previous supplier. Fulfilling our obligation to repay the entire line of credit on time, with our final payment by the end of this fiscal year, was a priority for VITA. Through a combination of cost recovery from customers via appropriations by the Department of Planning and Budget, and better than anticipated financial performance throughout the service towers, we met this goal. This is a significant milestone and helps propel us toward finalizing transformation.
VITA’s integrated services program (ISP), in coordination with Fairfax County Public Safety, successfully launched Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) for the first time in the commonwealth in early June, ahead of the team’s transition to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.
“Virginia is breaking new ground with our work on Next Generation 9-1-1 and our commitment to keeping Virginians safe 24/7,” said Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth Nelson Moe. “Employing the latest technologies connects emergency service providers and those in need of assistance more efficiently and reliably.”
Fiscal year 2021 (FY21) IT service rates are now posted in the VITA service catalog. This year, we provided the rates early for your review. We look forward to providing this increased level of transparency into services and rates that will help drive predictability for future budget planning. We intend to continue building a common and shared understanding of VITA’s rate structure, actual service rates and fiscal impact for your agency for the upcoming biennium.
A webinar was held on June 17 to discuss the upcoming transition from VITA to VDEM with ISP customers. Listen to a recording of the webinar
New contact information:
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
9-1-1 and Geospatial Services Bureau
9711 Farrar Court, Suite 200
North Chesterfield, VA 23236
This year’s COVITS will be “digital” in every way! The conference is being held in a virtual format, over the course of two partial days. Government Technology's passion is promoting best practices and spurring innovation in the public sector – more important than ever in challenging times like these.
Governor's Technology Awards will also be postponed for 2020, in recognition of the significant work required of agencies during this time. The popular awards program will return in 2021.
Learn more about the conference here
Beginning July 1, users will see significant enhancements to the COV account request form. There will be four discrete forms: onboarding, offboarding, temporary disable and urgent account disable. This will allow the VITA Customer Care Center (VCCC) to process requests more quickly and run reports more efficiently. Additional COV account management forms have also been updated, including: multifactor authentication (MFA) forms, contact records and group/distribution lists. The updates provide a consistent look and navigation flow across the catalog and are designed to make ordering from the catalog easier and more intuitive.
VITA’s annual technology plan guides the commonwealth to an innovative, efficient and secure IT future. Our suppliers are coordinating to build this year’s plan and report. The report provides an important infrastructure roadmap that agencies can use to inform and adjust three-year horizons. We look forward to sharing more details this summer.
Last month, the commonwealth began conducting a disparity study (telephone and online surveys) to assess whether any barriers exist for minority- and woman-owned businesses that make it more difficult for them to compete for commonwealth contracts. Information from the surveys will help the commonwealth improve its efforts to increase contracting opportunities for small businesses and minority- and woman-owned businesses.
For more information about the disparity study, please visit the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity website.
CIO Nelson Moe recorded a podcast for "NASCIO Voices" about his time on a nuclear submarine, working for the U.S. House of Representatives, VITA’s outsourcing model and his predictions for the future of the state government workforce in Virginia. It is approximately 25 minutes long; listen here.
We are offering additional service portal and catalog classes in July to provide ample opportunity for users to learn more about the catalog enhancements. The class has been updated with lots of great information – even if you’ve taken it previously, we invite you to come back and learn more! All our training classes are available via Webex (VPN not required).
If you have any questions about a class or registration, please contact the MSI Training team. We look forward to seeing you, virtually, in an upcoming class!
With the recent move for many to working from home, there are a lot of questions around virtual conferencing platforms. Learn how to stay safe while virtual conferencing in the June edition of Information Security Tips!