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Two is better than one. The Ohio Department of Administrative Services reorganized its Computer Services Division into two separate groups.

CIO Greg Jackson renamed the IT Policy division to the IT Governance Division. He also changed the title of the Computer Services Division to the IT Service Delivery Division.

The IT Governance Division will continue to provide oversight and standards statewide for architecture, acquisitions, planning, policy and project management.

Jackson charged the IT Services Delivery department with operating the information infrastructure, including hardware, software and telecommunications. It also will provide network, technical and enterprise shared services.

In addition, Jackson established the Digital Ohio section to streamline customer operations, including the Ohio.gov portal, the Digital Divide program and the Government-to-Business Coordination and Expansion program.

Mark of security. Michigan will apply digital watermarking as part of a redesign of its driver's licenses to increase security.

Digimarc Corp. of Tualatin, Ore., won a five-year extension of its contract with the state to provide additional system and security enhancements to Michigan's digital driver's license system, and options to improve customer service and operator use of the system.

Digital watermarking integrated into driver's licenses provides reliable point-of-inspection authentication and forensic analysis capabilities. Michigan, which issues 2.5 million driver's licenses and identification cards annually, is the third state to adopt digital watermarking, after New Jersey and Vermont, state officials said.

'We anticipate that enhancements to the system will improve operations while providing a highly secure and unique driver license,' said Michael Wartella, director of the Michigan Department of State's customer service administration.

Michigan will upgrade 184 image capture stations with Digimarc facial composite software for better image consistency and quality and put in place a Web-based retrieval capability so state personnel can quickly access applicant information from a central image server to speed license renewal and replacement.

Environmental deal. The Dade County, Fla., Environmental Resources Management Department awarded a $4 million contract to Accela Inc. of Dublin, Calif., for software and support last month.

The department's Environmental Enterprise Operations System will use Accela's Automation software to handle citizen requests that deal with pollution control, natural resources, waste and water management, and air quality.

The software will give county agencies access to license and permit databases, as well as geographic representations of all land-use and zoning information. The contract also covers other county agencies and departments that wish to purchase the software.

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