February 20, 2003
Posted at: 7:55 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Eighty jobs were cut today from the state Department of Information Systems.
Agency director Doug Elkins says the employees were released because the focus of the department changed and there was not enough work to go around -- particularly in an atmosphere of budget cuts.
Elkins says the cuts are not related to the Arkansas Administrative Statewide Information System -- or AASIS. Instead of developing software for state departments, the agency found itself called upon more for Internet connectivity -- work that requires fewer people.
The department has 314 employees, including the 80 being let go. Elkins says the department will save $4.5 million per year.