Commonwealth Technology News
Gov. Beshear Signs Executive Order Creating Government eTransparency Task Force
Citing the need for state government to exercise openness in how it conducts business, on June 6, 2008, Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order creating an eTransparency Task Force.
Kentucky's Internet2 Initiative Recognized as 'Most Innovative Use of Technology in Education'
Kentucky’s Internet2 Initiative was recognized as the 'Most Innovative Use of Technology in Education' at the Commonwealth Office of Technology’s third annual Kentucky Digital Summit.
Attorney General Conway Announces New Cybercrimes Division
On June 5, 2008 Attorney General Jack Conway announced the creation of a new investigative division dedicated to cybercrimes.
Kentucky Announces Crackdown On Illegal Telemarketers
Attorney General Jack Conway recently announced a crackdown on illegal telemarketing, having obtained a temporary restraining order to halt one fraudulent telemarketer and a $10,000 civil penalty against a second company for violating Kentucky’s Do Not Call law.
CHFS First Steps Program to Update Data and Billing System
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services recently announced that a contract has been awarded to reshape the First Steps program’s current form-based information and billing system to a real-time, Web-based data management, recordkeeping and claims processing system.
Attorney General Conway Announces Agreement with Facebook to Make Site Safer
Attorney General Jack Conway recently announced that the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia have reached an agreement with Facebook to better protect children from predators and inappropriate content.
Kentucky GIS Team Member Recognized by Federal Agency
Ross Mackay, the National Geodetic Survey liaison with Kentucky’s Division of Geographic Information, was recently honored with an award for his 30 years of outstanding service with NGS.
Bell County Receives No Child Left Offline Computers Provided by Appalachian Regional Commission Grant
In early May 2008, 202 Bell County sixth graders received the news that they would be receiving computers and printers at a ceremony held at Yellow Creek School Center.
Covington School Receives Computers From No Child Left Offline
Covington's Thomas Edison Elementary School’s Family Resource Center recently received laptops, printers and audio-visual equipment to better support school students and families.
||Kentucky IT Procurement Summary
Copiers and Multi-Function Devices (MFDs) – This RFP was released to the vendor community in early April 2008. There have been two rounds of questions and answers but a vendor protest has been filed. Legal staff in the Finance and Administration Cabinet are reviewing the protest and will make a final determination regarding the status of this solicitation.
eScrap RFP – This RFP was issued in May 2008 and two rounds of questions and answers have been completed. Proposals will be received by the Finance and Administration Cabinet the first week of June with a final contract award expected by late July 2008. This new contract will provide an environmentally responsible way of disposing of end-of-life workstations, servers, peripherals and components for state agencies, universities and school districts across the state.
Kentucky Vehicle Licensing System (KAVIS:2) – This RFP has been released to the vendor community and two rounds of questions and answers have been completed. This is one of the larger commonwealth IT systems and it is expected to be in place for pilot use in January 2011.
Paging Services – A new Request for Bid (RFB) has been prepared by COT staff and will be released in early June to select two to three pager vendors to provide statewide coverage.
System Design and Development Services – The commonwealth currently has six vendors on contracts to provide approximately 350 contract staff to commonwealth agencies. The new RFP for staff augmentation services will be issued in early June 2008 and new contracts are expected to be in place by Nov. 1, 2008.
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State Efforts to Expand Broadband Access
Broadband communication is transforming the way Americans use the Internet and creating the potential for significant economic benefits in communities nationwide. Recognizing this, states have employed a variety of strategies to promote broadband access and adoption, which are highlighted in a new issue brief from the National Governors Association's Center for Best Practices titled State Efforts to Expand Broadband Access.
Kentucky's experiences with ConnectKentucky are covered in the report, along with strategies and efforts being used by other states. The issue brief also cites numerous statistics about Internet access and broadband usage in the United States:
47 percent of Americans had broadband at home in 2007, compared to 42 percent in 2006;
70 percent of Americans with Internet access at home have broadband, compared to 23 percent with dial-up service;
73 percent of urban and suburban Americans with Internet access have broadband at home, compared to 55 percent of rural Americans with Internet access who have broadband; and
73 percent of urban and suburban Americans occasionally use the Internet, while only 60 percent of rural Americans do so.
Read the full report.
||Techlines Trivia Question of the Month
Question: Among Kentucky residents with broadband service at home, what percentage utilize the Internet to learn about or access e-government services?
Answer: Among Kentucky residents with broadband service at home, nearly three out of four (74 percent) use the Internet to learn about or access e-government services according to a survey conducted during fall 2007 by ConnectKentucky. The survey, entitled e-Government: Broadband Bridges the Divide can be found here.
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