Gov. David Ige’s administration announced Thursday that it’s working to tighten up control of its information-technology contracts.

Ige, along with Chief Information Officer Todd Nacapuy, said there’s a new, mandatory governance process administered by the Office of Enterprise Technology Services to ensure success for state IT programs and projects.

“Proper governance outlined by the Office of Enterprise Technology Services will ensure that tax-payer funds for IT development and modernization programs will be subject to an efficient planning review and approval process,” Ige said in a release.

Governor David Ige during interview with Eric Pape. 30 oct 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Gov. David Ige has announced a new process for state IT projects. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

“The goal is to provide the essential state oversight necessary so that intended objectives are achieved and positive return on investment is realized for the people of Hawaii,” the governor said.

The governor’s office says the new process involves four phases: pre-initiation (concept); initiating; planning; and contract execution and implementation.

“At each gate, prerequisite documentation will be required for an investment or project to be approved, denied or deferred by a reviewing body before proceeding to the next phase,” the release says. “This graduated approach provides multiple review points for IT investments and projects, from inception through completion.”

Initially, the release says, projects subject to the new governance requirements will include:

  • IT development and modernization projects identified under Act 119, Section 41, Session Laws of 2015 (the General Appropriations Act of 2015) or any future related legislation or budget bills;
  • IT projects that require technology resources estimated at $1 million or greater; and
  • Enterprise modernization projects identified by the CIO, typically those that will leverage business and operational efficiencies and benefits for multiple departments or agencies.

“In consultation with state agencies, our IT governance team has developed a strong process based on industry best practices to provide appropriate oversight and to maximize opportunities to leverage resources to improve and enhance state business operations,” Nacapuy said in the release.

IT Governance Officer Todd Omura, who will report to the CIO, was recently hired to oversee implementation of the new requirements. The governor’s office says his background includes experience as an enterprise asset management consultant, researcher and economist.

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