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State to outsource info tech work to private contractors

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Two hundred state workers stand to lose their jobs after Gov. Sonny Perdue decided to move Georgia’s information technology work to the private sector.

His plan will consolidate 11 state agencies, comprising about two-thirds of the executive branch’s IT spending, under the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA). The GTA will bid out the work by the end of 2008.

The move is the result of a comprehensive assessment of the state’s IT network, which revealed serious security gaps and inefficiencies.

About 1,100 state jobs will be affected, but many of those employees are set to retire, while others are expected to find jobs with the private contractors that will take on the work.

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