Statute: Montana Information Technology Act

MITA, the Montana Information Technology Act, is codified in 2-17-505, MCA (Montana Code Annotated) through 2-17-546, MCA. Key sections of the law are listed below.

Section 2-17-505, MCA: Guiding policies for information technology in state government

Section 2-17-513, MCA: Duties of the information technology board

Sections 2-17-521 through 2-17-526, MCA: State strategic information technology plan

Sections 2-17-512, 2-17-514, and 2-17-526, MCA: Powers and duties of department, enforcement responsibilities, information technology project budget summary

Sections 2-17-515 through 2-17-517, MCA: Granting exceptions to agencies

Section 2-17-521, MCA: Requires biennial reporting of progress on IT plans.



The Montana Information Technology Act, effective July 2001, created the position of Chief Information Officer 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 provides for the development of a strategic plan for information technology in integral piece for establishing the foundation for well-managed deployment and use of information technology in state government.

Implementation Of The Montana Information Technology Act (Chapters 1 & 2) (Final Rule - Html Format)

Implementation Of The Montana Information Technology Act (Final Rule - Pdf Format)

Rules implementing the Montana Information Technology Act.

Except for exemptions specifically provided for in 2-17-516, MCA, the rules define 1) the development of state agency information technology plans as provided in 2-17-518, MCA, 2) the review and approval process for the acquisition of state agency information technology, 3) the granting of exceptions to these requirements, 4) the establishment of standards and policies, and 5) provide for an appeals process.

Statewide Emergency Telephone System

It is the policy and intent of the state of Montana to establish a statewide emergency telephone system which will provide access to all emergency public and private safety services from all telephones in the state through the use of the nationally recognized emergency telephone number 9-1-1. It is the purpose of these rules to provide an administrative framework for the accomplishment of this policy. Learn more about the state's 9-1-1 and enhanced 9-1-1 system.

Regulation Of Communication Facilities

The Department of Administration must approve the installation, modification or removal of all telecommunication systems. In approving installations, modifications and removals, the Department shall consult with and consider the needs of various state agencies and the overall implications to all state telecommunication systems.


Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) are the vehicle by which SITSD reports progress on its actions in response to legislative audits. Below is SITSD's latest Corrective Action Plan, linked to its associated legislative audit.

Information Systems Audit 11DP-13: Strengthening Processes Related to IT Governance - June 2012 (document includes Department of Administration response to audit)

SITSD Corrective Action Plan (Update) - August 30, 2014

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