Schwarzenegger calls for tech consolidation

Information technology contractors doing business with the state of California might find more large-scale contracting opportunities if the state puts four agencies responsible for different technology programs under one roof.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a sweeping cost-cutting plan Jan. 16 as part of his effort to make state government function more efficiently. The plan calls for the integration of four key technology agencies that would be under the supervision of the state’s chief information officer.

The agencies are the State CIO Office, Information Security and Privacy Protection Office, Technology Services Department and the General Services Department’s Telecommunications Division.

Under the plan, the state CIO would have authority to establish IT procurement policy and enterprise IT management; however, program-specific IT systems and budget would remain at the agency level.

The consolidation of software contracts, office automation tools, data centers, servers, storage and networks in the wake of the consolidation initiative might save the state $1.5 billion, according to a fact sheet put out by the governor’s office.

The IT reorganization plan was one of 18 cost-cutting measures announced by Schwarzenegger in an effort to streamline California state government. Other similar initiatives involve eliminating or consolidating agencies.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

Reader Comments

Fri, Feb 6, 2009

Great leadership Governor! Why haven't you proposed this before, when it was right to do it as opposed to now, during a budget crunch when it is both right and necessary?

Thu, Jan 29, 2009 Jeff Somewhere in Texas

In addition to data-center consolidation, the State of California might also consider utilizing GPL software. The last thing any State needs to do in the current economy is spend taxpayer money on cost prohibitive and unrequested feature upgrades by single-source vendors.

Fri, Jan 23, 2009 Mossar Oregon

It is sad to read that the State of California's Governor made such an Executive Order to address an 'ingrown' problem. Arnold should realize that in order to erradicate repetition an unformatted data much more needs to be done. A naive action is just that, dumb. To attempt to combine 4 organizations into one will require a budget close to the national debt. Rather, fire everyone whose tenure with the state environment is over one year. What Arnold needs is to erradicate chronic inefficiency that plagues each and every organization in government. What Arnold will get is 'lip service' and they will innundate him with 'jucy' reports showing progress. Bull crap! Wise up Arnold, unless that's what you want, someone to build your image by soiling his nose. These cronnies know that this will not be done on your watch and in your life. No one like you has the guts to stand up to government business and clean house; the last one I knew was President Reagan and the Air Controllers. Arnold, stand up at the side of the one who fought waste and won.

Thu, Jan 22, 2009 Sacramento

Various recommendations for this sort of reorganization have been made by different entities for over 5 years, including the Legislative Analyst Office, Little Hoover Commission, California Performance Review (CPR), and the State CIO.

The most detailed recommendations that laid the ground work for the recent Governor's Reoganization Plan were put forth by the CPR and can still be found at:

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