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EPA grants. The Environmental Protection Agency is offering state and tribal governments between $75,000 and $300,000 to join the 13 others already on the Central Data Exchange.

EPA announced the grant opportunity in the Oct. 21 Federal Register.

The Central Data Exchange is a nationwide information systems network that facilitates the electronic reporting and exchange of environmental information among EPA and state and tribal partners.

State and tribal governments can apply for funding in one of three categories:
Readiness'supports the development of information management and technology capabilities to participate in the exchange network

Implementation'supports development of exchange network flows, data standards, Extensible Markup Language schema and Web services

Challenge'supports the planning and development of projects that show the value of the network.

Grant applications are due Jan. 15. For a copy of the solicitation, go to www.epa.gov/Networkg.

Hawaii tax system. The Hawaii State Taxation Department has begun installing the Integrated Tax Information Management System, which will replace separate income and business tax systems with a single operation linking all tax account information to the taxpayer's Social Security number or federal employer identification number.

Installation is the final phase of a five-year program to modernize Hawaii's tax system. The integrated system has already given the state e-filing capabilities and an automated billing process.

As part of the upgrade, business taxpayers will receive a new Hawaii Tax Identification Number.
The new system will also recognize the old numbers, so businesses will not have to replace forms or license certificates.

Knowledge system. Ohio awarded a contract earlier this month for a suite of applications from PeopleSoft Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif., as the foundation for the Ohio Administrative Knowledge System.

PeopleSoft is providing its enterprise financial management, human capital management, e-procurement and portal software.

'OAKS will streamline and modernize basic administrative functions for state agencies, employees and businesses,' said Greg Jackson, director of the Ohio Office of IT. The project aims to save Ohio taxpayers more than $250 million over five years when it is fully implemented.

The PeopleSoft applications will replace a variety of outdated financial and human resources systems, enabling the state to consolidate vendor payments, streamline inventory control processes and reduce unnecessary paperwork. For example, PeopleSoft's e-procurement will reduce the amount of time needed to order and pay for goods. Its financial management application will streamline Ohio's financial operations and help the state meet regulatory reporting requirements.

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