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Outsourcing cancellation. The Florida State Office of Technology has said it will terminate contracts with BearingPoint Inc. for data center services and with Accenture Ltd. for applications management.

The cancellations essentially kill the state's outsourcing project, known as the MyFlorida Alliance. The Technology Office also has asked the Department of Law Enforcement to investigate improprieties that may have occurred during bidding for MyFlorida Alliance contracts.

BearingPoint of McLean, Va., had a seven-year statewide data center contract worth $126 million. Accenture of Hamilton, Bermuda, had a seven-year statewide applications management contract valued at $46.7 million. The office in August terminated the other major piece of the MyFlorida Alliance program, a seven-year, $87 million help-desk contract with Accenture.
The MyFlorida Alliance contracts were awarded under the leadership of former state CIO Kim Bahrami in 2003. Bahrami resigned from her post in February. Simone Marstiller, an attorney, succeeded Bahrami in May.

Putting a county on the map. The New Jersey Office of Geographic Information Systems received a $72,000 grant from the federal government to set up a spatial data node for Hudson County on the state's information network.

The state's network is connected to the U.S. Geological Survey's National Map project, which provides public access to high-quality geospatial data and information from multiple partners to support resources managers and the public.

The National Spatial Data Infrastructure Cooperative Agreement Program, which includes the Federal Geographic Data Council, the Geospatial One-Stop E-Government project and USGS, provided $1.5 million to 51 organizations for geospatial data work.

New Jersey's GIS network currently includes six counties. Hudson County will use the grant for hardware, software and training so their data will become part of the statewide node.

Public safety deal. Oklahoma City has awarded Affiliated Computer Services Inc. of Dallas an $18.8 million contract to develop a comprehensive communications and software plan for an Integrated Public Safety System for the city.

The contract, which runs for six years, will update public safety technology, resulting in the integration and enhancement of police, fire and court systems, including a wireless communications infrastructure, said Kerry Wagnon, program director for Oklahoma City's Public Safety Capital Projects Office.

ACS will provide systems integration and project management services for improvements in computer-aided dispatch, police records, field-based reporting and jail management software; high-speed wireless communications between the city's data center and police and firefighting vehicles; and fire records management and field-based reporting software.

Installation of the software and hardware is expected to be complete by December 2005.


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