HB 109 passed out of the House yesterday afternoon. It will now go to the Senate and will probably go straight to the floor being so late in the session. You can actually listen to the floor debate here by selecting February 21st and HB109 from the selection menus. That will give you an idea of what Rep. Clark is trying to accomplish with the IT consolidation. With this in the works, I have created a del.icio.us tag for IT consolidation:
John Valentine spoke about the benefits of SB 192 (the High Technology Economic Development Initiative) at the UITA breakfast. Greg Curtis spoke about the restructuring of IT in state government.
This interesting article on how the Curam framework was integrated into Utah's new EREP system was published in Washington Technology yesterday.
Governor Leavitt discusses interoperability today at the AFCEA conference. His speech was very similar to the one he gave on Aug. 25, 2003 in Park City on igov.
According to UITA, HB 109 will accomplish the following objectives:
- Increase IT efficiencies throughout state government
- Provide greater benefit and service to state agencies
- Potentially save millions of taxpayer dollars
- Increase security
- Eliminate redundancy
- Create a new Department of Technology Services to replace what has previously been a division within the Department of Administrative Services
- Authorize Governor Huntsman to carry out a transition of personnel, funding and assets to this new department over a period of 18 months
Personally, as the acting director of the Division of Information Technology, I am tasked by the bill with helping to make the transition successful.