The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 28, 2009
Schwarzenegger: Taxpayers deserve streamlined IT

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger got a question at a Sacramento Press Club luncheon Wednesday about his recent proposal to consolidate state information technology divisions: Would it result in layoffs?

Schwarzenegger didn't answer directly, but he did make clear that budget savings is his goal.

The governor wants to save the state $1.5 billion by integrating four agencies -- the Office of the State Chief Information Officer, the Office of Information Security and Privacy Protection, the Department of Technology Services and the telecommunications division of the Department of General Services.

He said the effort will bring under "one roof" IT services for 130-some state agencies and other entities. 

"What we will do is we will make government run more efficiently, which we owe to the taxpayers," he said. 

The governor's plan will go to the state's Little Hoover Commission for review. The commission will have 60 days to submit recommendations on the idea to the Legislature.

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