Governor Bob Riley's plan for taking politics out of lucrative state computer contracts has been trimmed to a one-year test, which is optional for state agencies.
The administration, as it proposed last spring, took bids from companies and established a list of 12 qualified vendors to compete for state jobs as they arise. Last week, it implemented the program on a one-year trial basis, instead of the three years originally proposed.
Agency participation also is optional, meaning state departments still will be free to hire whomever they want.
Riley spokesman David Azbell said money woes mandated the contract duration be reduced, and the concept needed to be tested.
Computer contracts became an issue in last year's race for governor, with Riley promising to bring more competition to the process in an effort to control prices.
The Legislature's Contract Review Committee will hear the slimmed down proposal in its meeting Nov. 6.