Information Resources – e-Government Phase 2 Update
On Sept 17th, 2001 the Board of
Supervisors approved funding for Phase 2 of e-Government. Phase 2 included
eight tasks ranging from upgrading network architecture and equipment to
enhancing and redesigning the County Web site and email systems.
By May of 2002, the Information Resources department working with F1 Computer Solutions, will not only complete the eight tasks, but will have stretched the financial resources to surpass the original objectives. Some of the most outstanding improvements are listed below.
to the County Government:
email solution, hosted internally, using new domain name,
the “reply-to-all” to function correctly and provides $5K per year in
cost savings by eliminating 3rd party vendor.
Outlook Web access to email from any Internet connection.
employees can store their files on a server located at the data center,
which is backed up nightly, eliminating the need for individual back-ups
and reducing the cost of new PCs.
employees have file-sharing capability allowing collaboration on projects
without having to email documents back and forth.
is being installed on each PC that will allow IR technicians to remotely
solve problems saving time and travel costs.
virus screens performed daily and remotely by IR eliminates each employee
having to perform their own virus scans and keeps the most current virus
network security is provided by a new firewall and new login procedures.
site is now hosted internally and is being merged with the Intranet on a
single server. Savings of $6K per year are realized and the opportunity is
available to defer costs by hosting other entities.
between Fauquier County Government, Fauquier County Schools, the
Sheriff’s Office and Fire and Rescue has increased with more services,
equipment and software being shared.
to Citizens and Businesses:
Web site design allows citizens to quickly access the most frequently
requested pages from the home page (Sheriff, Board of Supervisors, Job
Openings, Library, Parks and Recreation).
what’s new feature on the home page can be updated as often as needed to
provide quick access to current events and/or emergency announcements such
as public hearings and press releases.
maps, properties and property descriptions are provided on-line.
farm product directory is now produced dynamically; updates and additions
can be added directly by the Ag Development office so that the Web always
has the most current information; redundant data entry has been
new calendars (Key tax dates, Sheriff’s Office and Social Services) have
been added which are produced dynamically, departments will be able to add
and edit their own events.
Resources and Procurement will be able to add and edit job openings and
procurement opportunities without going through IR.
is working with Economic Development to design a dynamic Web presence for
Business and Tourism that will provide current information in lieu of
producing printed material that is difficult and costly to keep up to
Next – Phase 3
(contingent on funding availability)
of Business and Tourism Web presence to provide searchable database of
available properties including interactive maps and current events
Network engineering and operational support with a focus on training of IR
programming development and implementation of department-specific
interactive applications and forms such as job applications and personnel
action notification (PAN) forms.
review and update of Technology Plan and implementation of Review Board