The future of Virginia's IT servicesI don't disagree with any of that. If Northrop Grumman isn't meeting its obligations, we should consider giving it the boot.
A legislative audit released on Tuesday reported that Virginia's contract with Northrop Grumman to provide information technology services is a disaster. The state cannot easily or cheaply escape it, but doing so is something that deserves serious consideration.
The contract goes back to 2003. Then-Gov. Mark Warner and the General Assembly agreed to pay the defense giant $2.3 billion over 10 years. In return, the company would upgrade aging state computer systems and maintain the new ones.
According to the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, the company failed to deliver. It missed deadlines, inadequately planned how it would implement services and provided widely panned customer service.
There is little reason to believe the company will ever successfully deliver on its commitments. The state could wind up throwing good money after bad. It might be better to cut the losses now and set an example for other contractors. [link]
But understand what goes with Northrop Grumman when it packs its bags. 400 jobs in Southwest Virginia.
As you may recall, the company was forced contractually by politicians in Richmond to locate its I.T. facility down here. In Lebanon, as it turned out. That's the only reason NG came here. If NG goes, will the jobs disappear as well?
Count on it.
I think I'd be careful what we recommend. If there is any way that Northrop Grumman can work itself out of this mess, we need to give it every opportunity to do so. Lebanon would certainly appreciate it.