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ECO Database for States

from: Jessica Myers on Sep 18, 2013

The EAC Testing and Certification Division are pleased to announce the first phase of our roll-out of the Engineering Change Order (ECO) database for State users. The ECO Database is a separate secure part of the larger EAC Virtual Review Tool web application. This tool was developed in-house by EAC staff as a better way to handle our test matrix of the over 1200 requirements of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG), initially laid out in a giant excel spreadsheet.

The EAC is making the ECO portion of the database available to State Election Officials to be used as the one nationwide portal through which States can systematically track all changes to certified voting systems. An engineering change order is a formal proposal for an alteration to a product; in our case, to a voting system.

We strongly believe that the database will save time and money by enabling States to more quickly and efficiently approve engineering changes to certified voting systems. This will be possible by now having information for all certified systems used in the State available in one place, allowing staff to save time searching for ECO documents and information by calling labs, EAC, manufacturers for information.

Our roll-out will be done in three phases on September 12, 2013, September 19, 2013 and September 26, 2013. We will distribute one secure log-in credential per State to be used by the State official responsible for reviewing ECO’s. States will be responsible for maintaining the security of the log-in credential and will assume responsibility for keeping confidential and proprietary information secure as is required by Federal and State law.

 

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