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CIO changes. Montana and Washington are looking for new CIOs after the recent departures of their top IT officials for positions in the private sector.

Montana's Brian Wolf, the state's first CIO, is leaving to become chief operating officer of the utility division at the National Information Solutions Cooperative in St. Peters, Mo.
Wolf's deputy, Jeff Brandt, will be the acting CIO until a new one is named.

Wolf had been the CIO since 2002; the state legislature created the position in 2001.

During his tenure, he guided Montana's first two IT strategic plans, implemented best practices in procurement, systems development and project management, and saw the deployment of 44 e-government applications.

Washington CIO Stuart McKee resigned to take a position with Microsoft Corp. as the company's national technology officer.

McKee has been the state's CIO since 2002. Before coming to the state government, he worked for the Walt Disney Co.'s Internet organization, directing the company's global Web business units.

Lawmaker lists. The Texas Legislative Council is using software to help citizens obtain accurate lists of their local and state elected officials.

The state's 'Who Represents Me' Web feature uses Centrus AddressBroker and Spatial + from Group 1 Software Inc. of Lanham, Md.

The council developed 'Who Represents Me' to provide citizens information about current districts and members of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives, U.S. House of Representatives and state Board of Education. The Centrus software verifies and standardizes input addresses and then performs a spatial search against the state's legislative boundary files to determine an individual's legislators.

'Centrus is extremely easy to use and very accurate, enabling us to place locations on the proper side of a street, which is crucial when helping individuals identify legislators based on voting district boundaries,' said Mark Barrington, a GIS programmer-analyst for the council.

IT buying rules. The final procurement rule that lets state and local governments buy IT products and services off the General Services Administration schedules went into effect last month.

Section 211 of the E-Government Act of 2002 authorized state and local governments to use GSA's Federal Supply Schedules to buy automated data processing equipment, software, supplies, support equipment and services. The final rule puts Section 211 into effect.

Changes include a provision that gives contractors the option of providing supplies or services overseas; a clarification that contractors can decide whether to accept orders from outside the executive branch of the federal government; and a clarification that state and local governments may add terms and conditions that do not contradict the schedules' terms.

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