Governor Dannel Malloy has not tried to hide his contempt for the state’s information technology infrastructure, and his budget proposes a major shake-up of the agency put in charge of it all in the late 1990s.
What’s interesting is Malloy’s plan – breaking up the Department of Information Technology (DOIT), moving staff to the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) and the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), and giving individual agencies greater authority to determine their IT needs – is a return to the structure lawmakers in 1997 felt had failed.
Doug Robinson, executive director of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers – a group Connecticut decided to opt out of a few years back to save the $8,000 in annual dues – said constantly restructuring IT oversight is not a silver bullet.
Although giving any state’s DOIT too much control over decisions can result in problems, returning to a model that provides too much leeway to individual agencies will only create the same costly inefficiences Connecticut government is currently experiencing.
So is it possible ten years from now another governor will propose a budget re-establishing DOIT?