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Addressing it appropriation requests in the 2015 Legislature

Posted March 2015
As the 2015 Legislative Session moves closer to its final scheduled day, now projected to be April 30, agencies are monitoring proposed bills and new legislation that may impact the way they do business.  In the legislative process, state agencies typically have opportunities to provide legislators with information to help them understand requests for appropriations and/or changes to state law. In early March, SITSD’s Lynne Pizzini had the opportunity to address the House State Administration Committee to address information technology security and Montana’s security profile.  She also provided background on DOA-SITSD’s request for nearly $1.9 million to continue the state’s “Data Protection Initiative,” a plan that addresses the need for continual improvement of security of data maintained on state IT systems.  On March 13, I addressed the House Appropriations Committee on the same issue at a hearing for HB10 – Long-Range Information Technology Plan (LRITP) – which includes additional IT appropriation requests from DOA-SITSD and the Department of Corrections, Department of Justice and Department of Transportation. Click on the headline to read full blog entry.

Get to know SITSD's Top Five Priority Initiatives

Posted February 2015
At SITSD leadership meetings each month, we take time to talk about the “top five.” You’re probably thinking “March Madness,” right? Good guess, but at SITSD this term refers to the top five priority projects and initiatives in progress across the division. The term helps us communicate the highest-priority projects and stay focused on our most important tasks. Over time, SITSD’s “top five” changes. We celebrate when successful projects come to a close; analyze those that result in some bumps and bruises along the way; and recommit to those that take longer than estimated. Typically, the top five are selected by the leadership team and reflect the priority business needs of the state. I wanted to share with you our current top five. Thanks to SITSD’s hard working employees, these initiatives are moving forward and success is right around the corner! Click on the headline to read the full blog entry.

More IT bills make their way through the 2015 Legislature

Posted January 2015
Last month, I addressed some minor changes being proposed to the Montana Information Technology Act (MITA) in the 2015 Legislative Session. A draft of the bill, LC 0519/HB 231, is available online. That bill revises and clarifies the duties of the State Chief Information Officer, and revises the time period over which a state agency is required to report IT project costs and activities. It is tentatively scheduled to be heard in the House State Administration Committee on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 8 a.m. in Room 455, State Capitol. There are three additional legislative bills that I want to bring to your attention – Revise Mutual Aide Frequency Laws, LC 0520/HB 296; Repeal electronic government advisory board and transfer duties, LC 1273/SB 220; and Long-Range Information Technology Appropriations, LC 0179/HB 10. These bills were also developed in consultation with SITSD. Click on the headline to read the full blog entry.

Minor changes proposed to update Montana Information Technology Act

Posted December 2014
The Montana Information Technology Act (MITA), created in 2001 by the Montana Legislature, created the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the state and established guiding principles for the implementation of information technology in state government. A critical component of the act is the recognition by the Legislature and the Governor of the need for a single vision for information technology in state government. The act recognizes the role that IT plays in creating a favorable state business climate and protecting the privacy of citizens’ information.
The act’s language has changed very little since it was adopted nearly 14 years ago, but it is in need of minor updates to its IT terminology, planning process and definition of the role of State CIO. As a result, the Department of Administration is recommending minor changes to the act in the 2015 Legislative Session. Click on headline to read full blog entry.

Realigning business functions will increase effectiveness of services

Posted November 2014
Over the past year, I’ve seen marked improvement in how SITSD functions and responds to the needs of our customers. Looking to the future of information technology for the state, I envision a number of opportunities for the organization. This includes realigning its business functions to increase their effectiveness. As a result, I have recently made some changes to the division’s organizational structure and I wanted to share them with you. They were effective October 20, 2014. First, Lynne Pizzini will assume the role of Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Division while retaining her current Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) role. In this capacity, I will rely on Lynne to provide strategic guidance to myself and division management; assume division management oversight when I’m focused on external needs; and provide support for the broad scope of the CIO role in state government.  Click on the headline to read the full blog entry.



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