Virginia transfers IT contracts

Gov. Jim Gilmore this week announced the transfer of statewide information technology contracts from the Office of the Secretary of Administration to the Office of the Secretary of Technology (SoTech). The Department of Information Technology, a division of SoTech, will assume responsibility of statewide IT hardware and software procurements.

"I am pleased with the transfer recommendation forwarded by the secretaries of Administration and Technology," Gilmore said. "It is critical that Virginia's procurement process keep pace with the rapidly changing technologies in order to best serve communities throughout the commonwealth."

This transfer implements part of the strategic plan for the secretary of Technology by consolidating the purchase of telecommunications contracts within the secretariat. SoTech is responsible for developing the policy for IT planning and architecture.

As a result of this transfer, the Council on Technology Services, state agencies, institutions of higher education and local governments will become critical elements in the procurement process by establishing priorities, assisting in the development and review of solicitations, and by serving on selection committees.

Additionally, the transfer will allow:

An expanded use of statewide contracts as the preferred vehicle for IT purchasing for all levels of government in Virginia.

Establishment of true multiple-award contracts where state agencies will have a choice of vendors providing IT goods and services.

Establishment of service contracts in areas such as project management and integration services.

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