I P M A  News

  Information Processing Management Associates September 1995  

State Procurements Using Internet

John Saunders

State agencies are using the Internet to make it easier for vendors to participate in state procurement processes.

The Department of General Administration, the Office of Financial Management and the Department of Information Services have joined forces to provide information on state procurements, policies, and regulations on the Internet’s World Wide Web.

The "Doing Business with Washington State" pages are available at: http://olympus.dis.wa.gov/procurements/business.html

A schedule of state procurements for most goods and services is available at the site, along with frequently asked questions about doing business with the state, reports on economic conditions in Washington, policies and regulations concerning the procurement of goods and services by state government, and existing state contracts for products and services.

Revised technology acquisition policy now requires that agency acquisitions of computers, software, communications equipment and purchased services in excess of $100,000 be advertised on the Internet.

Current personal service regulations require that procurements of $10,000 or more be advertised in a statewide newspaper. OFM will be encouraging state agencies to take advantage of the Internet as a means of reaching an even broader audience.

Additional information about Washington’s minority and women’s owned businesses is also available on the web from the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises using the Department of Transportation’s server at: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/OMWBE (link removed).

For more information about the "Doing Business with Washington State" web pages, send e-mail to John Saunders (saunders@dis.wa.gov)  or call 902-3526.

Relational Databases

The IPMA is presenting a panel discussion dealing with the "Future of relational Databases." Panel members will include representatives from Oracle, Sybase, Tandem and IBM. A continental breakfast will be available at 8:00 AM and introductions will start at 8:15 A<

Date: September 7, 1995

Time: 8:00 AM to noon

Where: Tyee Hotel, Coho Room C

Cost: Free

About the "Web"

The Internet guide to state government, "Home Page Washington,’ has a new graphically rich appearance. Maintained by the Washington State Library and the Department of Information Services, the guide is located on the World Wide Web at: http://www.wa.gov (Link removed 05/01/04).

The Department of Information Services has provided Internet access services to Olympia-based agencies for several years, but today’s Internet is not what it used to be. Easy-to-use client interfaces, available in products like Mosaic and Netscape, have transformed the use of the Internet. The World Wide Web uses open protocols, client/server technology and existing telecommunications infrastructure to provide many of the benefits predicted for tomorrow’s "information superhighway."

The Web is a tool that allows organizations to publish multimedia documents that encompass a wide range of information output, including: images, hypertext links to related information on another computer, sounds, movies and program files that can be downloaded to a user’s computer at a click of a mouse.

The Web offers three key advantages for public agencies; it's an information research tool, a public access tool and an internal communication tool.

As an information research tool, the Web provides public employees with instant access to a global electronic library. For example, the Office of the Vice President has developed FinanceNet to provide electronic documents and discussion forums that link and inform financial management professionals in government, academia and industry on issues relating to finance.

As a public access tool, the Web provides a way to improve access to the information created or maintained by public agencies. Today, Washington residents have easy electronic access to things like the complete text of the Revised Code of Washington and to a Department of Transportation map of current Seattle-area traffic conditions.

As an internal communication tool, Internet technologies allow public agencies to enhance their ability to rapidly disseminate information through out a particular organization. This might include copies of agency-wide procedures or the latest project status reports. The Web maintains the notion of a default starting point that all users see when they start their computer, the perfect place to put high-profile information for dissemination to a workforce.

-Jim Culp

August Board Meeting

Members Present: Phil Grigg, Dennis Laine, ft Joe Coogan, Bob Marlatt, Mary Ellen Bradley, Shelagh Taylor, Jim Andersen, Darrel Riffe, George Lindamood, Alvin Bloomberg and Phil Coates.

Members absent: None

The Board Meeting was opened by Joe Coogan at 7:30 AM August 10, 1995.

The minutes for the July Board meeting were approved.

Phil Coates presented the Treasurer’s report and had the report approved.

The following committee reports were made:

Budget / Finance — Bob Marlatt had no report on the budget as there was no activity. He reported having a difficult time locating an auditor who could conduct a financial audit without requiring a large fee. He requested that he be allowed to engage somebody to examine the books for a smaller expense. The Board approved this. Bob also reported that the Justice Conference will be sending out a pamphlet in the next week or so to begin sign up activities for the Conference. The Conference is scheduled for November 1 and 2.

Executive Seminar — Darrel Riffe presented an update on the Executive Seminar. He has 40 people registered and will be finalizing accommodations next week. The agenda has been finalized and looks very strong. The seminar will be held at Ocean Shores on September 20,21.22.

Forum — Jim stated that the agenda has been almost finalized. He had been signing up sponsors (6 have registered) and vendors for booth assignments. The Forum will be held October 24 and 25 at the Tyee Hotel. The theme of the Forum is "Let Go: Reach for Tomorrow."

Membership — Shelagh Taylor reported that her recent mail-out resulted in a 15% sign-up. This was very successful. She is looking to conduct a networking event at the beginning of the new year.

Newsletter — Mary Ellen Bradley is planning an article on Public Access to Information. Mary Ellen is interested in any articles that she could publish. Please call her if you have any ideas at 902-2303.

Professional Development — Dennis Laine reported that he will be conducting a panel discussion on September 7. He is planning on a panel consisting of IBM, Oracle, Sybase and Unisys. Tandem and Informix are backups. The event will be in the Coho C room at the Tyee Hotel.

A question was raised about IPMA support of ADA / computer related issues. Joe Coogan stated that IPMA is facilitating the process in a number of ways. We are sponsoring two events in the near future. A special topic will be included in the Executive Seminar and ADA will have display room at the Fall Forum.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 AM. Respectfully submitted, Phil Grigg, Secretary.

New DIS Director Named

Governor Mike Lowry named Steve Kolodney as director of the state Department of Information Services (DIS) on August 10, 1995. Kolodney served two terms as director of the California Office of lnformation Technology where he oversaw new technology projects for state agencies and a $1 billion annual budget.

Kolodney, 53, received an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and held various technical positions before becoming director of the New York based SEARCH Group in 1974. There, he worked with state and federal government to establish programs in justice information and statistics. In 1983, he was named the director of the California Office of Information Technology, where he established a state disaster recovery plan and developed new legislation to encourage public-private partnerships. In 1989, he left sate government to become a consultant on information and technology matters. In 1991, he returned to head the Office of Information Technology.

Lowry said, "Steve Kolodney comes highly recommended for both his vision and ability to create effective uses of information and new technology." Kolodney started at DIS on August 14.

For some insights into what Mr. Kolodney believes are some of the challenges and opportunities facing government, read his article in the May 1993 edition of Government Technology magazine, "Seize the Inevitable."

-Mary Ellen Bradley

Memorable Quotes

"There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great."

— G. K. Chesterton

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