Technology agency restructured

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Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed a bill that restructures the state’s Virginia Information Technologies Agency.

Under the law, which is effective immediately because of an emergency clause, VITA and the agency’s chief information officer will be governed by the governor through the Office of the Secretary of Technology. VITA has been under oversight of the Information Technology Investment Board.

“This new governance and reporting structure will enhance VITA’s effectiveness and facilitate better information technology integration in the commonwealth,” McDonnell said in a statement.

VITA and Northrop Grumman have been at odds for months over the company’s 10-year, $2.3 billion contract to run the state’s information technology system. Northrop Grumman has been accused of delays and technical problems. Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey has said he hopes to agree on revisions to the contract by April 1.

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