Michael Blanding

State Purchasers Leverage a Bad Economy to Get Good Prices

By: and - May 25, 2010

In 2008, as the economy was diving into recession, Charles Covington saw an opportunity to save the state of Florida some money. State government buys billions of dollars’ worth of desks, software, professional consulting and other goods and services each year. And Covington, the man in charge of all that purchasing, figured the bad economy […]

Making IT work

By: - February 3, 2010

Like the nation’s roads and bridges, most state Information Technology systems need costly makeovers at a time when states’ can ill afford them — presenting a quandary for those aiming to make state government more efficient for the long haul. Some more than 30 years old and written in outdated computer code, so-called legacy computer […]