Hawaii Announces Plan to Establish CIO Office, Reduce Budget Deficit
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The Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie administration announced Monday, Feb. 21, that it plans to establish a CIO office.
The announcement was made to the Legislature and Hawaii citizens in the
executive branch budget plan, which outlines ways to reduce the state’s
more than $800 million deficit, according to the governor’s office.
Abercrombie’s announcement said the budget calls for nearly $1.7 billion
by all means of financing, which includes federal funds, special funds
and general obligation bonds for capital improvement projects. The money
will be used to help stimulate the economy and assist with job
The state departments were tasked with: identifying their most “broken
parts,” developing new working habits under new leadership, and
implementing new policies by best using limited resources, the plan
said. The information gathered from this assignment helped contribute to
drafting the comprehensive plan.
The budget plan said the administration intends on “restoring critical
data system operations and finally establishing an office of the chief
information officer; a move that will save taxpayers millions of dollars
and improve the capacity of public workers and the private sector to
accelerate services and business activity.”
Hawaii doesn’t currently have a full-time CIO, but in 2010 the Task
Force on Reinventing Government recommended that the state create a CIO
position. The task force was established by the Legislature to find ways
to improve the state’s government.
last year that the head of the Department of Accounting and General
Services serves as the CIO and comptroller. According to a 2010 task
force report recommendation, the new CIO position would have
responsibilities that include: supervising the Information and
Communications Services Division (ICSD); chairing a monthly governance
committee made up of all state senior IT CIOs; and consolidating ICSD
hardware, operating software, related positions and budgets for all
executive-level state IT and communications.