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From DeZee to shining sea. Matt DeZee, former CIO of South Carolina, took a job last month with American Management Systems Inc. of Fairfax, Va. South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges appointed DeZee as the state's first CIO in July 2001. DeZee also was chairman of the National Association of State CIOs' security committee.

At AMS, DeZee will work with Steve Kolodney, former CIO of Washington, in the company's digital government and technology unit.

Keeping time. Michigan's Human Resource Management Network is working to increase its control over software development projects by piloting services automation software, which will keep records of time and expense and compare the progress and costs of various projects.

The HR network oversees benefits for 65,000 state employees at 35 agencies. Managing the state's enterprise resource planning system costs about $2.8 million annually, said Richard Huneke, HRMN project director.

Since March 2001, the network has used ERP software from Lawson Software Inc. of St. Paul, Minn. 'We came up first with a basic human resources, benefits and payroll package,' Huneke said. 'Now we are going to build a comprehensive network.'

The network has about 20 development projects that now will be managed with Lawson's services automation software, Huneke said. The state recently paid about $120,000 for 100 licenses for the software, he said.

Casting call. White House officials want states to propose for federal funding IT projects that would promote vertical integration in key homeland security areas.

The projects would advance integration in areas related to criminal justice, first response, public safety, public health and private-sector corporate security, said Steve Cooper, CIO of the Office of Homeland Security, at the annual meeting of the National Association of State CIOs in St. Louis last month.

Cooper said the projects must:
  • Take three to six months to complete

  • Cost $1 million or less

  • Have immediate benefit to the entities involved

  • Achieve specific cross-organizational integration.

  • The projects likely would receive funding in fiscal 2004, he said.

    The Homeland Security Office already has received several proposals, Cooper said. For example, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement offered a plan to integrate federal intelligence assets with state and local law enforcement in the southeast region.

    Opportunity. Schools can receive computers and other IT equipment from federal agencies through the Computers for Learning program. In addition to PCs, federal agencies donate equipment such as printers, modems, routers and servers, as well as telecommunications and research equipment. For more information, visit www.computers.fed.gov/School/user.asp.

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