Government Contractors Agree to Pay Virginia for Computer Meltdown

Government contractors take full blame for computer mess

By Monique Hayes
|  Thursday, May 19, 2011  |  Updated 10:18 PM EDT
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Contractors to Pay Virginia for Computer Meltdown

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Northrop Grumman has agreed to compensate the state of Virginia for causing a widespread computer crash.

The incident happened last summer and affected 26 state agencies, including the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Northrop Grumman announced today that it will pay Virginia almost $5 million for the computer failure.

“We are committed to holding all state contractors accountable for the performance of their duties on behalf of the commonwealth and its citizens," Gov. Bob McDonnell said.

Northrop Grumman blames the meltdown on both technology and human error. The company also plans to put procedures in place to ensure the incident never happens again.

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