Amazon HQ2 deal propels computer science education in Virginia
Responding to growing demand for technical talent in Northern Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam has announced agreements with 11 universities.
Virginia launches state's first digital professional licensing system
More than 300,000 licensed workers can now update their professional licenses using a mobile app, instead of waiting for a paper certificate in the mail.
Virginia forms STEM education commission to tackle workforce issues
The new advisory body will seek opportunities for public-private partnership and improve educational access across demographic groups.
A Virginia agency built an escape room for cybersecurity training
No government agency wants its employees to fall for a phishing scam, but the Virginia State Corporation Commission, which holds Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and industrial trade secrets in its data banks, really doesn’t want its employees to fall for one. So to ensure its staff are fully mentally engaged in their mandatory cybersecurity training, the VSCC recently borrowed from a recreational trend and built an escape room.…
Virginia signs Unisys for $242 million data center contract
The Virginia Information Technologies Agency announced Wednesday it has awarded a six-year $242.4 million contract to Unisys to manage its server, storage and data center services. The contract joins five others already signed by the state and other vendors as part of its new services model that allows a variety of shorter contracts from different suppliers, rather than the single IT contract the state has held with Northrop Grumman since…
New bill would protect federal telework from ‘rollback’
House Democrats Gerry Connolly and John Sarbanes want to save federal telework. The two introduced a new bill — the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act — to the House on Thursday in a bid to require that agencies continue to support expanded teleworking opportunities moving forward. The bill is a direct response to new policies
How one Virginia county benefited by moving data to the cloud
Fairfax County benefits from improved operational intelligence and cost savings from a reduced data center footprint, a new report says.
Cyber ranges are bolstering the workforce in these six states
More frequently, states are turning to specially equipped computer labs that provide virtual environments simulating what IT security workers face during cyberattacks. With facilities now in various stages of completion in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, Virginia and Georgia, cyber ranges are quickly becoming a mainstay in government’s strategy for competing with the public sector for talent and filling a widening workforce gap. Cyber ranges let users do things they can’t do…
Virginia governor-elect will disband technology secretary role
In addition to upcoming changes to Virginia state government’s technology leadership, Gov.-elect Ralph Northam has also announced a reorganization of the state’s technology offices. While Northam, who will be sworn in on Saturday, has not yet named the technology leaders who will serve his administration, his camp announced plans Tuesday to disband the technology office now led by Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson. Technology oversight and operations will instead be moved under…