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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation today to ensure that the state government's information technology services remain consolidated under the direction of one state agency.

Assembly Bill 2408 codifies a reorganization ordered by Schwarzenegger last year that was designed to enhance efficiency and bolster performance of computer services costing taxpayers about $3 billion annually.

"This action will strengthen project oversight, increase transparency in spending, promote greater cost savings, and define specific targets to reduce energy usage in our IT systems and further consolidate services," Schwarzenegger said of AB 2408 in a written statement.

Legislative committees estimated the consolidation of IT services would save the state about $1.5 billion over five years.

Schwarzenegger's executive order of 2009 expanded the duties of the state Office of the Chief Information Officer to absorb about 1,200 state employees and $500 million in funding from other departments. Under AB 2408, that office will be renamed the California Technology Agency.

Schwarzenegger's reorganization and AB 2408 call for reducing energy consumed by IT and telecommunications equipment by 30 percent by July 2012, and for reducing data center square footage by 50 percent by July 2011.

AB 2408, which received bipartisan support from the Legislature, was proposed by Assembly members Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, and Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills.


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