On August 5, 2021, to ensure a safe workplace in light of COVID-19, Gov. Northam issued Executive Directive 18 (ED 18), concerning disclosure of vaccination status, testing, and masking. A copy of ED 18 is available at https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/ED-18-Ensuring-a-Safe-Work-Place.pdf
On August 14, 2021, as directed in ED 18, the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) issued implementing policies, procedures, and guidance, which are available on the DHRM website at https://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/docs/default-source/covid-19/interim-guidance-on-ed-18-contract-workers-8-13-21-final.pdf.
As a supplier with a current state contract, you must comply with the foregoing for any personnel under the contract who work on-site or perform public-facing services on behalf of state agencies. As stated in the guidance, the supplier who holds the relevant state contract must provide a certification to the contracting agency of compliance with these requirements.
VITA has awarded a contract through a competitive procurement process for managed services provider (MSP) for the state’s IT contingent labor (ITCL) program. The contract has been awarded to Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI).
CAI is the state’s current MSP and has been providing management services to support recruiting and full lifecycle management activities for IT staffing and consulting needs of the Commonwealth for many years.
Although CAI is the current provider, there will still be activities required to transition to the new contract. These activities will be occurring during the second half of 2021 with a target “Go-Live” date of January 1, 2022 for the new contract. Additional information about the transition timeline and activities will be provided as soon as implementation plans are finalized.
If there are any questions, please contact VITA supply chain management.
On April 1, 2020, T-Mobile completed the acquisition of Sprint Solutions. VITA's contract for Sprint rate plans was extended through June 30, 2021, in order to facilitate a transition from Sprint-branded rate plans to T-Mobile.
If your agency is a user of Sprint Wireless services, please convert your current Sprint users to T-Mobile as soon as you can. There should be no change in your service coverage and services may actually improve as a result. Agencies may find that some older phones and equipment may not be T-Mobile-compatible and will need to be replaced. You can work with the Sprint/T-Mobile state account representative Michael Girardi, to determine what the impact to your users will be and if an existing device will need to be replaced. If agencies do not complete the transition by June 30, there is a remote possibility that they could lose service on affected devices since the contract does not provide for continuation of Sprint services past that date.
VITA is offering new virtual/distance learning-specific wireless rate plans to VA school systems. The plans provide 4G/LTE high-speed internet access wherever it is available in the Commonwealth and are “unlimited.” The wireless carriers participating are: AT&T, Sprint/T-Mobile and US Cellular. All of the distance learning rate plans include content filtering that is compliant with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
These plans contain more guaranteed high-speed data than normal government plans and were established to provide Virginia schools (primarily K-12) the ability to acquire and distribute wireless devices to students who lack adequate access to the Internet and who need to participate in virtual learning activities. Depending on the wireless carrier, school systems will save more than 50% off of the normal government rate plan.
Effective July 1, 2020, VITA is raising its standing procurement delegation to $250,000 for information technology goods and services. This step simplifies VITA’s governance requirements by aligning it with VITA’s requirement that all IT investments of $250,000 or more be submitted for CIO approval through the procurement governance review (PGR) process. Delegated authority for both cloud and infrastructure services remains at $0.