A new two-year budget proposal released by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last month would centralize the state’s information technology services under a new agency headed by the CIO.
“This coordination will best position Washington for the future by creating a streamlined, agile central IT organization better able to harness modern technology,” according to budget highlights. “The new agency will unify the state IT vision and road map, strengthen IT project oversight and allow quicker adoption of leading industry technology practices.”
The 2015-17 budget proposal includes several additional IT measures, including funding to replace analog 911 telephone equipment and an online portal to support small business owners.