Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGLO 1978 NO. 35 >

(1) The Washington Supreme Court, acting through the Office of the Administrator for the Courts, is governed by the provisions of RCW 43.105.041(5) which prohibit ". . . agencies and institutions of state government . . ." from acquiring data processing equipment without a delegation of authority from the Washington State Data Processing Authority.

(2) The Data Processing Authority may delegate such authority to the Supreme Court and/or the Office of the Administrator for the Courts under appropriate standards.

(3) While the Supreme Court may adopt its own rules governing the use of data processing equipment within the courts, once acquired, it may not by so doing, supersede the provision of RCW 43.105.041(5) relative to acquisition.

AGLO 1976 NO. 64 >

(1) It would be legal under the state constitution and applicable statutes for the Washington state data processing authority to agree to a proposed revision in the payment schedule provided for in an existing contract for the purchase of a computer whereby certain payments due during the remainder of the current (1975-77) biennium would be deferred until the next (1977-79) biennium. (2) In the event of such a revision in the payment schedule, the data processing authority may, in theory, change the charges made to users of the computer involved to reflect its own new payment schedule; it may, however, only pass on the new cost figures to those user agencies funded through legislative appropriations to the extent that the revised charges still reflect the actual "true and full value" of the facilities and services received by that user agency in exchange.