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McDonnell: Some data may be lost as a result of computer outage

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said Thursday that it's possible some data may be lost due to a statewide computer outage this week that left 26 state agencies, including the Department of Motor Vehicles, scrambling to serve Virginians.

McDonnell said he told Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush Wednesday that he wanted his company -- who holds a $2.4-billion contract with the state -- to restore as much data as possible.

"I want the very best and brightest minds in Northrop Grumman to evaluate any decision,'' McDonnell told reporters this afternoon. "I have told the president of Northrop Grumman and the Virginia Information Technology Agency that I don't want any stone left unturned to find this data and rebuild so that we don't have to inconvenience any more people."

The problem began Aug. 25 with the crash of a pair of three-year-old memory cards -- one was supposed to back up another.

"It's certainly possibly that at the end of this exercise that despite the best efforts...that some data may be lost and we will go onto Plan B, which may be rebuilding those files manually, or unfortunately inconveniencing some citizens who will have to come back in to redo their records."

McDonnell, who last year criticized his Democratic predecessor, Timothy M. Kaine, for failing to properly manage the Northrop Grumman contract, pledged to run such programs as businesses.

He said Thursday that the state had made significant strides in his term with a new chief information officer, new secretary of technology and new contract with Northrop Grumman, which he said now holds the company accountable for problems such as this one.

Chief Information Officer Sam Nixon said Northrop Grumman will be fined in excess of $100,000, but the amount will be calculated to include the costs of overtime for state employees including the DMV, which will be open this weekend and next.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 2, 2010; 6:55 PM ET
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Comments

$100,000 fine on a $2.4 billion contract, that doesn't even budge the needle on Northrup's profits from VA taxpayers. And to add to their punishment, VA extended their contract. No doubt Northrup is begging for still more VA-style punishment.

Posted by: hairguy01 | September 3, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

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