Education points microscope at its legal documents

The Education Department this week announced it has selected ISYS Search Software to streamline retrieval of legal information in its Office of the General Counsel.

ISYS, a unit of Odyssey Development Inc. of Englewood, Colo., will supply ISYS:web software, which helps users find and share information across an intranet and also has Web server functionality.

With 85 attorneys and 30 support staff, the general counsel's office maintains 15 years' worth of electronic documents. Only the attorneys who created the legal documents have had easy access to them. But staff members retire over time, taking key knowledge with them.

The office will use ISYS:web to eliminate that loss and allow staff to search across its entire library of legal decisions and databases.

"Like most organizations, we wanted to ensure our staff had the means to access the complete collection of content," said Terry Bashford, IT specialist in the Office of the General Counsel.

The $22,450 contract was awarded March 24, ISYS spokesman Dave Haucke said. 'The Office of the General Counsel is free to use the software as long as they wish, and only [the $2,900] maintenance is recurring,' he said.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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