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Cooley Bill Strengthens Responsible Management of State IT Projects
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Cooley Bill Strengthens Responsible Management of State IT Projects

Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2523 passed with bipartisan support out of the State Senate’s Governmental Organization Committee this morning. AB 2523 strengthens top level management decision-making in state agencies with complex and high risk technology projects by requiring the Director of Technology to report recommendations to the legislature on how a team of senior technology experts could be developed to support state agency technology projects, and then directs the Department of Technology to establish such a unit.

“California’s history of problem technology projects illustrates the important role top leadership plays in ensuring technology projects are completed properly and on schedule,” Cooley said. “Last year we were confronted by major operational problems in the Employment Development Department, which dramatically affected thousands of Californians. This bill builds upon the California Project Management Methodology Reference Manual, which zeroes in on the phases of large technology projects and highlights the critical role strong, engaged management plays in ensuring projects meet expectations.”

The California Department of Technology is responsible for approving projects and consulting with state agencies during project planning and development.  Large state technology projects often take years and may span multiple gubernatorial administrations. There is often costly and disruptive turnover in staff due to change in senior managers, retirements, and career changes while the projects are developed and implemented. The long time horizon of major projects and staffing turnover destroys continuity at the project management level. This hinders active project leadership.

“AB 2523 provides a roadmap for the development of a senior class of information and technology experts who will become very experienced with a broad array of state IT projects and will be available to consult with top agency managers to help keep on track complex, long-term technology projects,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “This cadre of experts would support senior project team members in state government as they exercise leadership, monitoring, and direction over projects in order to minimize risk.”

 

Assembly Bill 2523 now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

 

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County.  

 

For more information, please visit http://asmdc.org/members/a08/

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