Joint Budget Committee. House Bill 17-1361 required the state auditor to retain a qualified, independent third-party consulting firm to evaluate specified aspects of the state's information technology (IT) resources. The bill requires the office of information technology (office) to take certain actions as recommended by the evaluation.
Current law requires the office to create a project plan for every major IT project undertaken by a state agency. The project plan is required to include certain goals, plans, and analyses regarding the major IT project. The bill adds a requirement that the project plan for every major IT project include a change management plan developed in collaboration with the state agency. The bill also requires the office to develop a policy for its use of external vendors, including the statewide internet portal authority, in delivering electronic information, products, and services.
In addition, the bill specifies 3 new requirements of the office as follows:
- The office is required to develop and implement a communications and stakeholder management plan for interacting with any governmental unit of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of state government that is billed for the use of the services provided by the office. The office is also required to solicit feedback to determine if the communications and stakeholder management plan is increasing satisfaction with the services provided by the office.
- The office is required to convene a working group of state agencies to develop and implement a strategic plan for how state agencies use technology to provide services, data, and information to citizens and businesses.
- The office is required to convene a working group of state agencies to determine the cost and feasibility of transferring ownership of IT infrastructure from state agencies to the office. The office is required to submit a report to the joint budget committee and the joint technology committee regarding the necessary statutory and rule changes and funding to implement the transfer of ownership of IT infrastructure.
The office is required to enlist vendor services in the development of the communications and stakeholder management plan, the plan for how state agencies use technology to interface with citizens and businesses, and the plan to transfer ownership of IT infrastructure.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)