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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 29, 2009
Commission recommends IT consolidation; check out the report

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The Office of the Chief State Information Officer will get new responsibilities unless the Legislature blocks an IT consolidation plan that the bipartisan Little Hoover Commission recommended last week.

The plan, proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, expands the authority of the OCIO in four areas now handled by other departments: infrastructure, information security, telecommunications and procurement.

Now that the commission has recommended the reorganization plan, the Legislature can allow it to go into effect or scrap it by a majority vote in the Assembly or the Senate. Barring legislative rejection, the plan will take effect May 10.

Some pertinent links:

The Little Hoover Commission's review of the governor's IT technology plan (58 pages)

The commission's press release.

The agenda for the Feb. 25 commission hearing about the plan with links to statements of various witnesses.

A press statement from State CIO Teri Takai about the commission's recommendation.


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