Over $1 billion in contracts issued to privatize Georgia government’s tech ops

November 13, 2008 8:10 am

by Pete Randall · 6 comments

IBM and AT&T are the apparent winners of two lucrative contracts to privatize the Georgia government’s technology operations.

The Georgia Technology Authority filed a notice of intent last Friday to award a contract worth $873 million to IBM to handle the consolidation and outsourcing of infrastructure services, including data centers, mainframes, servers, PCs and laptops, according to the state’s online procurement site.

The GTA filed a second notice of intent to award a $346 million contract to overhaul the state’s wide area network to AT&T.

The outsourcing effort is “aimed at giving taxpayers greater value while making the state’s technology operations more efficient and less prone to breakdowns.”

Game Fan November 13, 2008 at 8:56 am

Booooo to privatization, centralization, and corporate consolidation. Yay for states’ rights and basic government.

Bucky Plyler November 13, 2008 at 8:57 am

At the end of Roy Barnes’ term, the GTA proposed to do these things in house. Governor Perdue & the Assembly shot that idea down because of cost vs priorities vs budget deficit problems.

I wonder what their original estimate was.

BlogDawg November 13, 2008 at 10:19 am

IBM has made such a mess of a similar contract with Texas that Governor Perry has threatened to cancel their contract.

Doesn’t the Commission for A New Georgia have access to the Google?

BlogDawg November 13, 2008 at 10:20 am

IBM has made such a mess of a similar arrangement in Texas that the state has suspended their work and Governor Perry is threatening to cancel the contract altogether.

You’d think the Commission for a New Georgia would have access to the Google.

Game Fan November 13, 2008 at 10:26 am

Rick Perry is more about K street than the state of Texas.

Buzz Brockway November 13, 2008 at 11:24 am

This sounds like a good idea. Let the private sector do this work cheaper and better and demand accountability and results.

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