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Resource base. Three state agencies recently launched a new system to let teachers and students across Ohio find educational resources online. The Statewide Core Electronic Information Collection system gives every school and library in the state access to online resources and materials to support curricula, state officials said.

INFOhio, the state's virtual library and information network for primary and secondary schools; the Ohio Library and Information Network for higher education libraries; and the Ohio Public Library and Information Network paid $2.5 million to create the Web portal.

State officials estimated it would have cost $18 million if each of the networks created the system separately.

New plan for the Old Dominion. Virginia's Gov. Mark Warner and secretary of technology George C. Newstrom last month released the state's strategic plan for technology through 2006. The 125-page document calls for consolidating IT services and developing an Internet portal that will let all state agencies conduct business with citizens online.

Other goals are to increase R&D funding for Virginia's industry and universities and to expand broadband deployment throughout the state, especially in rural areas.

Once all the changes are implemented, Virginia will save more than $100 million a year, Warner said.

Web command. Colorado's Legislative Audit Committee is urging the state's Revenue Department to incorporate online processing of driver's licenses and vehicle registrations into a new system for motor vehicle regulation.

The state auditors reviewed the Colorado State Titling and Registration System, the state's existing system for motor vehicle licensing and registration, after the department discovered a $2 million error in the way it collected and distributed fees.

The auditors also reported that the Revenue Department did not plan to offer online driver's licenses and registrations until 2005.

In their report, the auditors cited a study from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators that said online titling and registration is 65 percent less expensive than counter service.

Opportunity. The Child Care Automation Resource Center, a unit of the Health and Human Services Department's Child Care Bureau, helps states, territories and American Indian tribes meet their reporting obligations to the federal Child Care and Development Fund. The center provides government agencies software tools for tracking data and helps them implement automation software. For more information, visit www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ccb/ta/ccarc/index.htm.

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