Statement from State CIO Teri Takai on Little Hoover Commission’s Endorsement of Governor’s Information Technology Reorganization Plan

State Technology Update - March 27, 2009

State Chief Information Officer Teri Takai today issued the following statement after the Little Hoover Commission (LHC) endorsed Governor Schwarzenegger’s Information Technology Reorganization Plan (GRP). The LHC issued its report on March 26, 2009.

“The Governor’s Reorganization Plan is a critical step toward overhauling our state technology systems, saving precious taxpayer funds and increasing efficiency in California government. By creating a more consolidated IT organization, we can better manage our equipment, personnel and purchasing while optimizing the use of technology and ultimately providing more services for the people of California,” said State CIO Teri Takai. “As more services are automated and available online, the state will increase efficiency and transform the way people interact with their government.And, as hard working families across the state find ways to economize, California government should be expected to do the same.”

“On behalf of the Schwarzenegger Administration, we are pleased to have the Little Hoover Commission’s endorsement of this important proposal and look forward to working closely with the Legislature to implement it.”

The GRP proposes to realign IT resources, including the Department of Technology Services (DTS) under the leadership of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) to enhance efficiency and bolster performance. The reorganization will enhance accountability and provide a framework to strengthen the state’s IT infrastructure and the dedicated workforce who support these mission critical systems. Specifically, the GRP proposes to:

  • Integrates four agencies - the OCIO, Office of Information Security and Privacy Protection (Office of Information Security), DTS and the Department of General Services, Telecommunications Division - into an expanded OCIO.
  • Provide the State Chief Information Officer with authority for IT procurement policy and enterprise IT management.
  • Achieve consolidation of software contracts, office automation tools, data centers/computer rooms, servers, storage and networks in order to achieve a cost avoidance and savings of more than $1.5 billion over the course of five years.

The GRP will take effect on May 10, 2009, unless either house of the Legislature takes up a negative resolution to reject it.

To more effectively oversee information technology in state government, the Governor signed SB 90 in August of 2007 to establish the OCIO as a cabinet-level agency with statutory authority over IT policy. The office establishes and enforces IT strategic plans, policies, standards and enterprise architecture, as well as approves information technology projects for all state departments.

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