The Resource Records of the Secretary of Technology

Records of the Secretary of Technology

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Records of the Secretary of Technology, 1997-2006
Title
Records of the Secretary of Technology
Inclusive dates
1997-2006
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Summary
  • The Secretary of Technology records consist of eighty-seven archival boxes and are divided into ten series. Series have been designated for Appointment Calendars, Cabinet Meeting Records, Correspondence & Supporting Documentation, Commonwealth of Virginia Information Technology Symposium (COVITS), Decision Briefs, Projects & Studies, Public Relations, Strategic Plan for Technology, Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA), and Virginia Technology Alliance (VTA). These records document the work of the Secretary of Technology under Governor Mark R Warner. The bulk of the records can be found in the Correspondence and Supporting Documentation series which includes background information on many of the technology issues facing the Warner administration. The Virginia Information Technologies Agency series represents the most significant series since it documents the formation of a new state agency to supply the information technology needs for all state government. The Appointment Calendars series provides an important glimpse into the day-to-day activities of the Secretary of Technology
  • Series I: Appointment Calendars, 2002-2006. The Appointment Calendars series is housed in twenty-four archival boxes and is arranged in chronological order by the date of the event. This series consists of appointment calendars belonging to Secretary of Technology, George Newstrom, and his successor Eugene Huang, from February 2002 to January 2006. In addition, there are appointment calendars belonging to Eugene Huang in his role as Deputy Secretary between January 2003 and September 2004. This series contains electronic mail, memorandums, cabinet meeting reports, briefing materials, correspondence, invitations, scheduling recommendation/ request forms, agendas, schedule requests, minutes, appointment calendars, speeches, talking points, publications, and other sundry materials
  • Series II: Cabinet Meeting Records, 2002-2004. The Cabinet Meeting Records series is housed in two archival boxes and is arranged in chronological order by the date of the meeting. The series consists of cabinet meeting records belonging to Secretary of Technology, George Newstrom, between March 2002 and December 2004. The series contains cabinet meeting agenda, cabinet weekly reports, meeting notes, memorandums, briefings, legislation, presentations, and other sundry items
  • Series III: Commonwealth of Virginia's Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS), 2002-2005. The Commonwealth of Virginia’s Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) series is housed in two archival boxes and is arranged in chronological order by the date of the symposium. The series consists of correspondence, briefing books, news clippings, speeches, programs, media plans, DVDs, and other sundry items
  • Series IV: Correspondence & Supporting Documentation, 1997-2005 (bulk 2002-2005). The Correspondence & Supporting Documentation series is housed in forty-one archival boxes and is arranged in two subseries. Subseries have been designated for Constituent Correspondence and Secretary's Correspondence. The Constituent Correspondence subseries relates to correspondence originally sent to the Governor's Office and assigned to the Secretary of Technology. The Secretary's Correspondence documents incoming & outgoing correspondence and legislative files of the Secretary of Technology
  • Series V: Decision Briefs, 2002-2005. The Decision Briefs series is housed in one archival folder and is arranged in chronological order. The series contains decision briefs submitted to Governor Mark R. Warner by secretariats for approval. The decision briefs include a synopsis of the request, a recommendation of the secretariat, background information, discussion, and a conclusion. The decision briefs relate to the renewal of a contract for the Relay Center in Norton, Va., the role of the governor as chair of the Southern Technology Council, additional positions for the start-up of the new Virginia Information Technologies Authority (VITA), the proposal of the Southern Technology Council & South Growth Policies Board to develop a brand for the "Technological South," a deficit loan for the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, transitional severance benefits for state employees, the request for the governor to serve as project chairman for the Southern Technology Council's taskforce on venture capital in the south, known as VentureSouth, and the funding for the Virginia Modeling and Simulation Initiative (VIMSIM)
  • Series VI: Projects and Studies, 2001-2005 (bulk 2002-2003). The Projects & Studies series is housed in five archival boxes and is arranged in three subseries. Subseries have been designated for the Center for Innovative Technology, the Department of Information Technology, & the Department of Technology Planning. This series documents special projects managed by the Secretary of Technology. Both the Department of Information Technology & the Department of Technology Planning were superseded by the newly created Virginia Information Technologies Agency in 2003
  • Series VII: Public Relations, Activities, and Visits, 2002-2005. The Public Relations, Activities, & Visits series is housed in six archival boxes and is arranged in two subseries. Subseries have been designated for Press Clips & Releases and Speeches. This series mainly documents media information about the Secretary of Technology & technology issues and speeches, rather than the planning of public relations, activities, & visits. See Series I: Appointment Calendars for information on public appearances
  • Series VIII: Strategic Plan for Technology, 2002-2004. The Strategic Plan for Technology series is housed in two archival boxes and is arranged alphabetically. This series documents the development of a Strategic Plan for Technology. The series includes presentations, memorandums, correspondence, talking points, and other sundry items. The series contains a Strategic Planning binder kept by the Secretary of Technology. Also useful are the presentations given by the Secretary of Technology
  • Series IX: Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA), 2002-2005. The Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) series is housed in five archival boxes and is arranged alphabetically. This series documents the Virginia Information Technologies Agency which was created in 2003. The series also documents the Information Technology Investment Board (ITIB) which was created along with VITA to review & prioritize enterprise-wide technology investments across state government. The series includes quarterly reports, plans, proposals, correspondence, and other sundry items. Noteworthy are VITA's final operating plan from 2003, quarterly reports from 2004 to 2005, and the ITIB meeting records
  • Series X: Virginia Technology Alliance (VTA), 2004-2005. The Virginia Technology Alliance (VTA) series is housed in one archival box and is arranged alphabetically. This series documents the Virginia Technology Alliance and its ten regional technology councils. The series includes a report from each technology council in 2005 and general information about the councils
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Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Secretary of Technology. (Search Virginia Secretary of Technology as author).
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  • In February 1997, the House of Delegates passed a resolution requesting that "the Governor appoint a Technology and Science Advisor within his Cabinet to advise him with regard to technological and scientific issues in Virginia and assist him and executive branch agencies with the potential reorganization or restructuring of Virginia state government in response thereto." James S. Gilmore III, a Republican candidate for Governor, proposed in an April 23, 1997 speech the creation of a Cabinet-level post for an information technology officer. After his election as Governor in November 1997, Gilmore kept his campaign promise. On May 21, 1998, Gilmore issued Executive Order Number Nine, creating the Office of the Secretary of Technology. The new Secretary's responsibilities included the "coordinated planning and effective development of information technology resources" in Virginia. Gilmore appointed Donald W. Upson, a vice president of Litton/PRC Inc, an information technology company, and a former senior Republican committee staff member in Washington, as the first Secretary of Technology. The Secretary of Technology possessed Cabinet-level status but was not officially made a permanent member of the Governor's cabinet until 1999. The Secretary of Technology is appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the General Assembly. The Secretary is responsible to the governor for the Department of Information Technology, Department of Technology Planning, Center for Innovative Technology and the Virginia Information Providers Network Authority.
  • Governor Mark R. Warner retained Donald W. Upson, the first Secretary of Technology, in an interim capacity through February 2002. George C. Newstrom, Governor Warner's selection for Secretary of Technology, began work on March 4, 2002. Newstrom previously worked with EDS, a global technology services company. Secretary Newstrom oversaw the Warner Administration's technology reform, including the consolidation of all Information Technology services and IT employees in the Commonwealth into a single agency, the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA). Newstrom also worked to fundamentally change the way Virginia government purchases and manages information technology across the state. Newstrom resigned on October 1, 2004 and was replaced by his deputy, Eugene J. Huang.
Cataloging source
VIC
Citation source
Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
Label
Records of the Secretary of Technology
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vi01963.html
Note
  • These records are part of the Secretary of Technology record group (RG# 162)
  • These materials came in several accessions and were combined into one body of records under Acc. 43539
Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by series.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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Extent
30.30
Governing access note
Various items have been sealed for seventy-five years from the date of the document for privacy and/or security concerns
Organization method
Organized into the following series: I. Appointment Calendars, II. Cabinet Meeting Records, III. Commonwealth of Virginia Information Technology Symposium (COVITS), IV. Correspondence & Supporting Documentation, V. Decision Briefs, VI. Projects & Studies, VII. Public Relations, VIII. Strategic Plan for Technology, IX. Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA), and X. Virginia Technology Alliance (VTA)
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Terms governing use
There are no use restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (87 boxes)

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