Va. Lawmakers Question System Upgrade Contract

RICHMOND, June 29 -- Lawmakers are starting to question whether Virginia should renegotiate or cancel a 10-year, $2 billion contract to upgrade the state's computer system, responding to what state officials call years of missed deadlines and poor service by the contractor.This Story

Va. Official's Ouster Over Big Contract Investigated

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's secretary of technology, Leonard M. Pomata, was grilled Monday about the contractor, Northrop Grumman, in appearances before House and Senate panels.

"When is this is going to end?'' asked Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William). "Obviously this process is not in the best interest of the citizens of Virginia, and we are the stewards of their money."

The House Committee on Science and Technology and a Senate finance subcommittee met separately for hours to begin investigating the contract.

The House panel agreed to ask the state attorney general's office whether a massive security breach in a state drug database in April could be reason enough to modify the contract. The FBI is investigating a hacker's claim to have stolen 8 million patient records and 35 million prescriptions for a $10 million ransom.

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