Some Northrop workers get notice of layoffs, possible furloughs

Northrop Grumman units have given notice of possible layoffs and furloughs in Virginia and Alabama, according to news reports.

Wisconsin lawmakers urge single vendor for VA, DOD health records upgrade

Five Wisconsin lawmakers are urging the VA and Defense departments to consider the benefits of a single vendor for an electronic health record system, according to a Nextgov report.

HP wins big payout on Nevada’s Medicaid program

Hewlett-Packard Co. has won a five-year, $176 million services agreement with the Nevada Division of Health Care Financing and Policy to strengthen Medicaid operations and help position the state for health care reform.

CBP to spend $750M on Arizona border technologies

Mark Borkowski, assistant commissioner of Customs and Border Protection's Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition, outlined procurement plans for the next phase of border security in the southwestern United States.

HP gains $281M renewal for Okla. health care services

HP Enterprise Services, a division of Hewlett-Packard Corp., has won a seven-year, $281 million contract extension to continue providing health care IT services for the state of Oklahoma.

Kentucky's first CIO joins CGI Group

Former Kentucky CIO Aldona Valicenti has joined CGI Group Inc. as vice president for state and local markets. Most recently, she worked as Oracle vice president of business development and strategy.

10 government websites worth visiting

These 10 sites earned special recognition for their quality and innovation according to an analysis by Government Computer News.

Why a critical IT shortage is inevitable for states

A survey by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers finds that states are facing critical shortages of IT workers, made worse by furloughs, hiring freezes and stagnant salaries. And the retirements of many older workers loom.

Texas gets help with health IT incentive program

As feds prepare to hand out billions in health IT incentive rewards, a system integrator offering support systems and services strikes a deal with Texas.

Motorola splits in two to kick off 2011

The company best known for its radio communications products will become two separate entities, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions, within the first few weeks of January.

White House deputy CTO leaves, will target state and local collaboration

Andrew McLaughlin is resigning from his job as deputy White House chief technology officer to start two companies, one of them to develop collaboration tools for state and local governments.

Harris operates to repair Florida health care system

Harris Corp. has won a four-year, $19 million contract from the state of Florida to implement a statewide health information exchange infrastructure that is designed to improve the delivery and coordination of health care.

DC region had 293,000 IT jobs in 2009, study says

The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area ranks third in high-paying IT positions, according to a TechAmerica Foundation study.

Unisys’ IT assistance to Minneapolis to run through 2015

Unisys Corp. has received a contract extension worth an estimated $33 million to provide further IT outsourcing services to the city government of Minneapolis through 2015.

State health insurance exchanges to create $595M market by 2015

Input market research firm predicts that state health insurance exchanges will be a driving force in the health IT market.

Is Google's fight with Interior a sign of maturity?

Cloud vendors are starting to fight each other in the legal arena for contract advantages. Is the technology still cutting-edge?

Harris to blanket Vermont with upgraded public safety radio links

Harris Corp. will deploy a public safety radio system throughout Vermont under a $14 million contract.

Industry increases cloud initiatives

IBM is ready to offer the Federal Community Cloud, a secure cloud environment designed for federal agencies. Meanwhile, Lockheed Martin unveiled the Starfire Mission Ready Cloud based on pre-integrated, pretested technology.

SAIC, University of Md. to support cybersecurity initiatives

Science Applications International Corp. and the University of Maryland are teaming up to support initiatives that promote cybersecurity education, research and technology development.

What's on state CIOs' minds? Consolidation, cost control, health care.

Consolidation, virtualization, budget and health care are among the most critical policy or technology issues to be faced by state government in 2011, according to a recent NASCIO survey.