California— Moving from paper to electronic submissions for IT Procurements

While we have made great advancements in the tech field throughout the past few decades, State statutes struggle to keep pace with these changes. There are still several statutory requirements in the California IT Procurement Codes for submitting paper documents and posting of notices in public places. These practices require procurement professionals to process and…

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State of California Procurement Workforce Development

The difficulty and complexity in procuring large system integration projects is well known and will only become more challenging as an experienced government workforce retires and their successors are not fully trained. In an effort to be proactive and support the State’s procurement professionals, TechAmerica’s California Procurement Committee has proposed legislation to solve many of…

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Senators Announce Pending Ex-Im Bank Legislation

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) appeared on a Hill Panel yesterday to announce the pending introduction of legislation (Kirk-Manchin Bill) that would extend the Ex-Im Bank authorization, currently set to expire on June 30, 2015.  Similar legislation –H.R. 597 – the “Reform Exports and Expand the American Economy Act” – introduced…

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Connecticut Act to Improve Data Security and Agency Effectiveness

On February 19, Senate and House leadership filed a data security proposal at the request of Governor Dan Malloy (D-CT). The bill, SB 949, was introduced in response to the Anthem Insurance breach, and is now part of the Governor’s budget. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen (D), who has been leading the state’s investigation into…

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From the Archives

  • Virginia’s overlooked industrial powerhouse

    Originally published in the Richmond Times Dispatch Which private industry employs nearly 300,000 Virginians and is responsible for 20 percent — the largest share — of the state’s private sector payroll? The answer might surprise you. Many might believe that agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry. But while agriculture plays an important role in Virginia’s past,…