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Phase 1 complete. Massachusetts' new Web site is taking a page from federal e-government initiatives.

Officials hope the portal, which was relaunched earlier this month at www.mass.gov, makes government services more accessible by listing information in six categories: doing business, getting around, having fun, home and health, work and education, and your government. Users also can choose from a list of 50 online services such as locating child care and filing business taxes.

The state hired Titan Systems Corp. of San Diego to complete the portal phase of the project for $949,000.

In the next phase the state will adapt the portal to offer authentication and security and add the ability for users to personalize the site so they can pay taxes and conduct other transactions electronically.

Juvenile injustice. Florida auditor general William O. Monroe has identified IT security and data accuracy problems at the state's Juvenile Justice Department. The department hasn't implemented access controls strong enough to protect data about juveniles from improper disclosure or modification, according to a report from Monroe's office.

Department officials largely concurred with the critical audit and said they would make changes.

According to the audit, the department has neither a security awareness training program for its employees nor an up-to-date disaster recovery plan. The department also failed to maintain historical information needed to track accountability for data entered into its system, known as the Juvenile Justice Information System, the report said.

The client-server system, which contains data about incarcerated juveniles, has cost the state more than $56 million to develop, maintain and operate since 1995, according to the audit.

New leadership. Greg Jackson, the CIO of Ohio, earlier this month was named to replace Keith Comstock as the National Association of CIOs liaison to the Federal CIO Council.

Comstock resigned as West Virginia's chief technology officer May 10 to pursue opportunities in the private sector. He was named to the liaison post Jan. 8. Ed Staat, the office's chief of operations, is overseeing the Governor's Office of Technology until an acting chief technology officer is named.

Maryland CIO Linda Burek was named as Jackson's alternate. Burek is a former Justice Department deputy CIO.

<> The federal Education Department's Office of Correctional Education offers funding to state and local corrections agencies. For information, visit www.ed.gov/offices/OVAE/AdultEd/OCE/funding.html.

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