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HP Announces Power Cord Safety Recall and Replacement Program
On August 26, HP announced a worldwide voluntary recall and replacement program for affected AC power cords distributed worldwide with HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers, was well as with AC adapters provided with accessories such as docking stations, sold from September 2010 through June 2012.
HP Customers affected by this program will be eligible to receive a replacement AC power cord for each verified recalled AC power cord at no cost.
To check to see if your power cord is affected, please visit http://www.hp.com/support/powercordreplacement
Verizon Business will no longer offer or support long distance calling card services
Effective Nov. 30, 2014, Verizon Business will no longer offer or support long distance calling card services. The decommissioning of these services will impact state agencies, institutions of higher education and other public bodies who utilize calling card services through VITA or directly from Verizon using the VITA COVANET contract.
Given technology and industry trends to bundle long distance with local services and the low demand for calling card services, VITA will not offer a statewide replacement service. Public entities with a continued requirement for calling cards will need to seek other sources to obtain the card using the appropriate purchasing methods.
Customers who are invoiced directly by Verizon for calling card services should contact their Verizon Business Representative if there are other questions.
State agencies should contact their AITR or VITA customer account manager (CAM) if there are additional questions or if guidance is needed.
Private non-profit institutions of higher education
can use VITA's statewide contracts
The 2014 General Assembly amended 2.2-2012 of the Code of Virginia by adding Section E which provides as follows: E. VITA shall allow private institutions of higher education chartered in Virginia and granted tax-exempt status under § 501(c)(3) of the
Internal Revenue Code to purchase directly from contracts established for state agencies and public bodies by VITA. A list of the private
institutions eligible to use VITA’s statewide contracts can be found at
VITA is in the process of amending each of its statewide contracts to provide that private institutions of higher education who qualify will be authorizeduUsers of VITA’s statewide contracts.
Windows XP End-Of-Life
In the March 4th edition of
VITA's Network News, CIO of the Commonwealth Sam Nixon highlighted that Windows XP will reach end of life on April 8, 2014 and that Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates or technical support for the 12 year old operating system.
Those agencies and public bodies that will not be directly addressed by VITA's enhanced security service may purchase a
Custom Support Agreement (CSA)directly from Microsoft though VITA's Microsoft Premier Support/Consulting contract
VA-100326-MCS. Microsoft will work with each customer to develop a customized statement of work under the contract that is structured and priced to meet their unique needs.
For additional information on acquiring a CSA, please contact Curt Rasmussen
firstname.lastname@example.org or Kevan Perkins
Verizon Wireless Blackberry Bold 9930
Verizon Wirelss has notified VITA that the Blackberry Bold 9930 will not be available for purchase after the end of March 2014. They estimate their supply of these devices will be expended around this date. If agencies have older 3G Blackberry devices
they wish to replace, they need to order replacements as soon as possible. AT&T and US Cellular have already discontinuted the Blackberry Bold devices.
Managed Print Contracts
Executive branch agencies now can explore the MPS offerings of VITA's printer contracts. VITA has worked with the printer contract awardees to provide them guidelines around how to integrate their MPS offerings into the current IT infrastructure support
model. An agency's AITR must request an exception through their customer account manager (CAM) to incorporate these third party services into their environment. Please note that these services are not managed in any way by VITA for quality and delivery,
and the only role we play is to facilitate the connection of the physical devices to the IT infrastructure program network. Requests to connect the devices must be made via the work request process; this is a chargeable activity.
The contracts can be found here:
If you have any questions about these contracts, please contact your CAM
Reminder to Verizon Local Services DSP (Direct Service Plan) customers
As published in the October 2013 edition of the "Network News," VITA denied Verizon's claim that the commonwealth should be paying Federal Universal Service Fund (FUSF) fees for contract services under its local services contract. VITA will reject such
amounts as invalid and erroneous should Verizon invoice VITA for FUSF fees. Verizon may still pursue invoicing FUSF fees to DSP customers. VITA recommends that DSP customers which are invoiced directly for services by Verizon closely monitor their invoices
for FUSF fees and consult their legal counsel for specific guidance or advice.
Please direct specific questions to
VITA adds Unlimited Message at no cost on AT&T Wireless
VITA is pleased to announce that effective with the January bill, all VITA customers with AT&T Wireless service will receive unlimited messaging, at no charge, on all COV Voice plans except the Basic (Pay-As-You-Go) plan. This change can result in savings of up to $23.00 per month, per phone, for users of AT&T plans under the state contract. This service will be automatically included for existing and new customers. No customer action is necessary.
AT&T has also agreed to offer Enhanced Push to Talk service to VITA customers at the existing contract rate.
APR changes do not impact procurement delegation - see link
Procurement Savings Opportunities
Click here for details regarding the purchase of incremental information technology (IT) items.
CIO Approval for Cooperative Procurements
Reminder: Agencies and institutions can not conduct cooperative procurements for IT goods and services without having such procurements approved by the Commonwealth CIO as required by §2.2-4304 of the Code of Virginia. Agencies and institutions cannot
establish IT contracts for use by other public bodies without prior CIO approval. In addition, only VITA may establish IT contracts for statewide use.
Price Shopping for Cellular Services
Looking at ways to stretch your wireless budget? Check out VITA's current comparison of all contracted carriers. The chart provides details on pay as you go plans, individual plans, pool (shared minutes), voice and data and mobile data.
Click here for the comparison chart
What is Supply Chain Management?
VITA's Supply Chain Management (SCM) is the Commonwealth of Virginia's Information Technology (IT) procurement and sourcing hub. If we were to overly simplify our mission, we would say we strive to consolidate and leverage the Commonwealth's buying power.
And, if provided for in the solicitation or contract, all public bodies can utilize statewide contracts developed by VITA.
SCM's procurement professionals are committed to developing value-driven IT contracts that enable users of these contracts to benefit their organizations and the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our services include:
- Consolidating and leveraging the Commonwealth's buying power;
- Announcing, awarding, and maintaining statewide contracts for the purchase of information technology and telecommunications goods and services;
- Providing sourcing expertise and contracting assistance for state agencies and institutions procuring IT and telecommunications goods and services; and
- Providing market analysis, supplier analysis and sourcing consulting for state agencies and institutions;
- Inviting, promoting, and sustaining increased access, participation, and partnerships with small, minority- and women-owned businesses.
Who can use our contracts?
All public bodies can utilize statewide contracts developed by VITA, if provided for in the solicitation or contract.
What are the benefits of using VITA IT contracts?
There are some very obvious advantages of using the VITA IT contracts.
- Your organization is able to get the best value for your purchases. And, as more and more organizations utilize these contracts, we are able to aggregate more and more demand. The result is we will be able to continually develop contracts with vendors
that bring more value for you.
- Not having to bid your items will save valuable time and effort. All you have to do is order from the 300 IT and telecommunication contracts that are available for you.
- Use our database to research thousands of vendors if you are looking for something that is not on contract.
- Subscribe to our email service that routinely updates you as new contracts are made available for your use.
- eVA- Virginia's Total e-Procurement Solution
- DSBSD- Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity
- NIGP- National Institute of Governmental Purchasing
- VAGP- Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing
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