Category Archives: Government Technology

Oregon to Launch Statewide Procurement Marketplace in 2020

Under a five-year contract with Periscope Holdings, the OregonBuys Marketplace will standardize procurement across all the state’s agencies, from RFP to payment, giving Oregon a better view into purchasing activity. The state of Oregon has contracted with Periscope Holdings, a developer of e-procurement systems based in Austin, Texas, to create a new statewide procurement platform, […]
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Great Oregon Shakeout Tests Kids, Hotels, Local Governments

The Great Oregon ShakeOut is a way to ensure people around the state are prepared in case of an earthquake and know where to go and how to recover. More than 720,000 people signed up online to participate in the drill that lasted about a minute. People in schools, hotels, local government and even law […]
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Network Deal to Serve as Research, Public Services Vehicle

A newly minted Oregon nonprofit is partnering with a California-based education and research network to better connect universities. The new deal will also help deliver public services, officials say. Two nonprofit high-speed fiber-optic conglomerates penned an agreement establishing a regional pool of resources between Oregon and California that could have far-reaching effects on public services […]
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Oregon Experiencing Widespread Connectivity Issues

A problem with “some network infrastructure hardware” has been affecting state agencies since Friday morning. The intermittent connectivity issues are impacting access to state websites and call centers. Widespread connectivity issues are plaguing Oregon state government agencies, according to a release from the state issued Monday. A problem with “some network infrastructure hardware” has been […]
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Oregon Sharpens Cyberdefenses in the Months After DHS Breach

More than six months after nine employees in the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) clicked phishing emails, exposing the confidential information of about 645,000 residents, the agency is fortifying its cyberdefenses. Source: Oregon Sharpens Cyberdefenses in the Months After DHS Breach

Oregon’s Liquor Control Agency Needs New Hardware, Software

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission [OLCC] has been preyed upon by a “spaghetti monster,” as IT staff call it. The monster is a series of manual systems constantly massaged by employees. The system is prone to costly failure, potentially to the tune of $2.5 million, at least twice per month. Source: Oregon’s Liquor Control Agency […]
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Audit: Oregon DAS Behind on Basic Cybersecurity Safeguards

The Oregon Secretary of State’s office released an audit evaluating the cybersecurity of the Department of Administrative Services, making seven recommendations to be fully implemented by 2023. Source: Audit: Oregon DAS Behind on Basic Cybersecurity Safeguards

Bid to Halt Amazon Rekognition Sales to Government Agencies Fails

An attempt to limit sales of the controversial surveillance technology on the part of civil rights activists did not get far. They fear the technology could be used to unfairly target minorities, people of color and women. A failed bid to halt sales of Rekognition, Amazon’s controversial facial recognition software, is the most recent in […]
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Oregon Lawmakers Reverse Course on Gigabit Tax Break

With Comcast no longer lobbying to preserve the tax break, though, it appears consigned to a lonely death in the Legislature. The repeal bill now moves to the Senate, where it could get a vote as early as next week. Source: Oregon Lawmakers Reverse Course on Gigabit Tax Break

Ohio Looks to Oregon’s Mileage Tax Plan to Fund Transportation

Suggestions that the state’s 28-cent gas takes should jump another 18 cents started the search for other alternatives. Some think Oregon’s tax plan on mileage in non-gasoline vehicles looks promising. Source: Ohio Looks to Oregon’s Mileage Tax Plan to Fund Transportation