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Technology Transformation: Priority Bills on the Move
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News Release from Transform Hawaii Government, March 4, 2019

Priority bills on deck

As of the First Decking deadline last Friday, important legislation relating to government data and information and technology strategy remain in play, with some bills already crossing over to the other house for consideration. In addition, the governor's nomination for chief information officer received a nod from the technology subject matter committee. This week's THG legislative update follows:

HB 532 HD1, Relating to Government Data — Establishes a chief data officer and data task force in the Office of Enterprise Technology Services to develop, implement and manage statewide data set policies, procedures and standards.THG: "Access to empirical data is essential to providing information to decision-makers, both within and external of government, so they are able to make informed decisions."

  • Transmitted to Senate. Received from House. Passed First Reading.

HB 531 HD1, Relating to Enterprise Technology Services — Requires the Office of Enterprise Technology Services chief information officer to update the state information technology strategic plan every four years, with the first update to be completed in advance of the 2021 regular session. THG: "Ever-evolving technology necessitates periodic updates to the IT strategic plan, thus ensuring that our state is fully maximizing available modern resources in the delivery of services, information and data to public- and private-sector leaders, individual citizens and businesses."

  • Transmitted to Senate. Received from House. Passed First Reading.

SB 1001 SD2, Relating to Government Data — Establishes a chief data officer and data task force, within the Office of Enterprise Technology Services, to develop, implement and manage statewide data set policies, procedures and standards. THG strongly supports this bill. THG: "It is time to commit resources to update and develop a long-term vision, goals and objectives to enable all branches and departments of our state government to work together in a coordinated fashion and finally establish an open data strategy."

  • Reported from the Senate Committee on Ways & Means with recommendation of passage on Third Reading, as amended (SD2). 48 Hrs. Notice 03-05-19.

SB 219 SD1, Relating to Enterprise Technology Services — Requires the chief information officer, in conjunction with the Information Technology Steering Committee, to review, refresh and submit the state information technology strategic plan every four years. THG: "The commitment of state government leadership to strategic business and IT transformation over the long term, though an appropriately maintained and current IT strategic plan is essential to successfully harnessing the power of technology."

  • Reported from the Senate Committee on Ways & Means with recommendation of passage on Third Reading, as amended (SD1). 48 Hrs. Notice 03-05-19.

HB 1593 HD1, Relating to Information Technology – Requires the Department of Budget and Finance, in consultation with the Department of Accounting and General Services and the Office of Enterprise Technology Services, to develop and procure a uniform financial database for use by all state agencies. THG: "Finance is one of the core functional areas within an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system through which important administrative functions are managed. Following significant progress in modernizing the state’s human resources and payroll systems over the last three years, a uniform financial database is a logical next step in moving forwarded with other ERP functional areas."

  • Transmitted to Senate.

GM 581, Submitting for consideration and confirmation as the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Accounting and General Services, Gubernatorial Nominee, DOUGLAS G. MURDOCK, for a term to expire at noon on 12-05-2022. THG: "It is critical that capable leadership is in place to continue momentum set by previous chief information officers. Mr. Murdock is a seasoned leader and administrator with experience in public, private and defense sectors."

  • The recommendation of the Senate Committee on Technology is to ADVISE AND CONSENT to the nomination.

Coming up this week

First Crossover is Thursday, March 7. This is the deadline for bills to move, or cross over, to the other house for consideration. (Budget bills have their own deadlines, with Budget Decking on March 11 and Budget Crossover on March 13.)

Substantive Resolution Introduction Cutoff is Friday, March 8. A substantive resolution requests action or states the Legislature's position on an issue.

Track priority bills

Watch for future updates as these measures progress. You can also track priority legislation on THG's website by visiting our Legislation page at:

About Transform Hawaii Government

Our coalition advocates improving government business practices through technology to ensure convenient and secure access to reliable information and data on demand. Our goal includes government services that are streamlined, integrated and delivered in ways that exceed the expectations of the public and the needs of Hawai‘i’s businesses. Learn more.

THG: Data bills top list of Hawai‘i’s most important tech-related legislation




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