- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Northrop Grumman has told Virginia officials that it won’t serve as the prime contractor for the state’s information-technology services.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (https://tinyurl.com/hw93e6z) reports that the company warned the state in a letter on Friday that its new multi-vendor IT strategy would pose “significant risk” to the state’s IT system. Northrop Grumman’s 13-year, $2.3 billion IT contract expires in three years, but the state is planning to move some information services to other vendors this year.

State officials declined to address specific claims made by Northrop Grumman but defended their approach to replacing the contract.

Republican state Sen. Emmett Hanger Jr. says the company’s claims that the process will be costly to the state are “a matter of opinion.”

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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