House Bill 700 requires that the State Information Technology Plan include a review of all state agency information technology projects — not just those costing in excess of $500,000, as the old law required.
The Office of Information Technology Services provides business, infrastructure, network, telecommunications, and hosting services to state agencies and local governments on a fee-for service basis. The State IT plan is the State Chief Information Officer’s biennial roadmap for the management of the state’s information technology.
The new law allows the State CIO to require State agencies with information technology (IT) projects in excess of $5 million to engage private counsel or subject-matter experts with appropriate IT and intellectual property experience. The private counsel or subject matter expert may (i) review requests for proposals; (ii) review and provide advice during the evaluation of proposals and selection of vendors; and (iii) review and negotiate contracts associated with the development, implementation, operation, and maintenance of the project. The requirement would also apply to IT programs that are separated into individual projects if the total cost of ownership for the overall program exceeds $5 million.
The new law also allows money to be appropriated from the Information Technology Fund to support the operation of the Office of the State CIO.
HB700 passed unanimously in both houses and was signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory on July 23, 2013.