House committee OKs new Agency of Digital Services

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House committee OKs new Agency of Digital Services

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 3:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont House Committee on Energy and Technology voted unanimously today that they will allow Executive Order 06-17. Per 3 V.S.A. Section 2002, the Executive Order will go into effect next week. Executive Order 06-17 intends to unify the state’s information technology operations and forms the Agency of Digital Services, transferring most IT positions to the new agency. This was one of Governor Phil Scott's first orders he signed in January.

“The Energy and Technology Committee considered the Governor’s proposal and found it has merit,” said Chairman Stephen Carr. “IT restructuring is a common theme among states and while we look forward to Governor Scott’s implementation of his plan, we expect him to ensure the following steps are taken: First, an inventory of all technology programs, personnel, and equipment owned by the state. Second, a detailed plan for implementation of the order, presented to the committee. Third, a timeline of when and how savings will occur, and fourth, clarification on the fiscal impact of the creation of this new agency, and what the impact on the employees will be. Lastly, the new agency will report improvements to the legislature regularly. The Legislature has also elevated the need for IT oversight by creating the Energy and Technology Committee, and looks forward to working on this critical issue with the Administration.”

Source: Office of Legislative Council 4.14.2017