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Sheriffs of Nottingham. The Pennsylvania State Police awarded a contract valued at $11.4 million to ABM, a company with U.S. headquarters in Herndon, Va., and global headquarters in Nottingham, England. The company will provide Pennsylvania's 4,000 state police officers with Web records management software, including a module called Prophecy, which graphically displays crime hot spots and predicts possible crime trends.

The company's RMS suite works with an Oracle9i database, said John Shaw, ABM vice president. The police will use about 20 modules, including ones that track domestic violence, child abuse and property crimes. Shaw estimated the project will be completed by March 2005.

Lone Star IT. The Texas State Auditor's Office last month reported that information resources and technology management are a major risk area for the state. The office recommended that Texas consolidate its various IT projects.

'Texas spends approximately $1.8 billion a year on technology and, like most governments, has not realized a return on investment comparable to that of private industry,' said the report, Major Areas of Risk Facing Texas State Government. 'Texas is at a disadvantage in realizing technology savings and efficiencies because of large projects, inadequate skills, poor contracting practices and co-location rather than consolidation of IT functions and services,' the report said.

'I think the general observations are fine,' Texas CIO Carolyn Purcell said. 'These are things that are commonly said and things we are working' to resolve. She added that she had requested backup documentation from the State Auditor's Office about specific information in the report.

The auditors found that 48 large projects reviewed by the state's Quality Assurance Team had delivery delays averaging 14 months and total cost overruns of more than $352 million.

We're still in Kansas. Kansas last month awarded a seven-year, multimillion-dollar contract extension to the National Information Consortium Inc. to continue providing services through the state's government portal. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

Under the contract, NIC of Overland Park, Kan., will supply infrastructure and staff expertise to host and maintain the state's self-funded e-government portal.

NIC also will help Kansas deliver more integrated applications to businesses and citizens, said Chris Neff, an NIC spokesman.

For example, the company is helping the state expand its one-stop business center by adding more services for online business registration and electronic filing of articles of incorporation, he said.

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