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February 2012


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Oklahoma Officials Offer Consolidation of Information Technology Services to School Districts

Public school districts would save millions of dollars by hooking up with a state agency to consolidate information technology workers and share in services, Oklahoma's information technology czar told a legislative panel Thursday.

The state has high-speed data transmission lines across the state, which especially would help schools in rural areas where high-speed Internet service is spotty, Alex Pettit, the state's chief information officer, said.

The state Office of Management and Enterprise Services, which has overseen the consolidation of information technology services in state agencies the past couple of years, also has staff in place to perform information technology-related duties that teachers, coaches and others in smaller districts are doing in addition to their regular school duties, Pettit said.

The strongest appeal is savings, Pettit told members of the House of Representatives Government Modernization Committee.

It would improve the services, and school districts would be able to provide them at a lower cost, he said.

Pettit estimated savings of about $8 million for schools by using one platform across the state just for student information services. School districts would pay for the individual cost of providing the service for each student. Pettit estimated the cost per student could be cut in half, from nearly $17 per student to $8 per student.

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12 Predictions for Tech in Government in 2013

Innovation is the name of the game in government these days, as shown by the rise of Chief Innovation Officers in the public sector -- and the need to promote job growth, entice businesses to the community, and hone in on transparency and open data initiatives.

And the federal government saw some big changes with the introduction of the Digital Government Strategy in 2012, wrote Anthony Calabrese, a digital communications manager at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which he said also had a big year for innovation in 2012.

While 2012 was big, Calabrese notes that 2013 promises to be even bigger -- and he and his colleagues at both the HHS's Digital Communications Division and the Federal Web Managers Council teamed up to draft 12 big ideas and predictions for 2013. Though some of these predictions are federal-level focused, that doesn't mean state and local governments aren't seeing -- and won't see -- the same things.

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Narcotics Bureau Donates Seized Electronics to Benefit Children With Developmental Disabilities

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) today is announcing the donation of computer electronics and game systems to benefit children with developmental disabilities. During a press conference today, OBN provided fifteen (15) “PSP Go’s” gaming systems and two (2) “I-pod Classics” to the J.D. McCarty Center in Norman, Oklahoma.  OBN Spokesman Mark Woodward says the items were seized from a shoplifting ring in 2009.

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