San Diego County Approves Outsourcing Contract

In an effort to create a virtual government, San Diego County will invest $644 million during seven years to revamp the county's computer and telephone systems, one of the largest technology spending plans to date by a local government.

The goal, said Tom Boardman, the county's chief technology officer, is to move as many county services as possible online. "Every county service that can be delivered on the Web will be," he said. "It will be much more convenient for people online, and for people who aren't, there will be fewer people in line and fewer people in parking lots."

The county's Board of Supervisors awarded the contract on Tuesday to Computer Sciences Corp. of El Segundo, Calif. The company, working with Science Applications International Corp., Pacific Bell and Lucent Technologies, will be responsible for the county's data centers, user support, networks and information security.

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