TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 19 -- Florida House of Representatives issued the following news release:
The Florida House of Representatives Appropriations Committee today passed Proposed Committee Bill APC 14-02, establishing an Information Technology (IT) Governance structure for the state. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Florida is the only state in the nation without a Chief Information Officer (CIO). This bill provides broad strategic and operational direction, creates a mechanism to ensure appropriate coordination with state agencies, and properly funds the new structure.
"Our government is currently spending approximately $733 million a year on information technology with no coordinating oversight. This bill establishes a new technology agency and a state CIO to increase coordination between state agencies, save taxpayers money, and modernize the state's IT infrastructure, bringing our government into the 21st century," said State Representative Seth McKeel (R-Lakeland), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
The bill creates the Agency for State Technology (AST) within the Department of Management Services (DMS) and establishes an executive director of the agency who serves as the state's Chief Information Officer, is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The bill establishes eleven other positions within the AST: deputy executive director, chief planning officer, six strategic planning coordinators, chief operations officer, chief information security officer, and chief technology officer. The bill also creates the state data center and authorizes a type two transfer of the Northwood and Southwood Shared Resource Centers from DMS to the AST. The duties and responsibilities of the AST include developing and implementing information technology architecture standards, establishing project management and oversight standards, performing project oversight on IT projects with total costs of $10 million or more, providing operational management and oversight of the state data center, identifying opportunities for standardization and consolidation of IT services that support common business functions, recommending additional consolidations of agency data centers or computing facilities, and performing project oversight on any cabinet agency IT project that has a total project cost of $50 million or more and impacts another agency or agencies but otherwise exempts cabinets agencies. The bill appropriates a total of $3.2 million and 27 full-time equivalent positions for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.
In January, House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz announced Work Plan 2014, which included "improve government accountability and efficiency" as a priority. To read more about Work Plan 2014, please visit the Florida House of Representatives online.
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