Utah Business Leaders Support I.T. Reform Bill

- Business Leaders, Past Utah State CIOs Declare Support for HB 109 -



Feb 15, 2005, 00:00 ET from Utah Information Technology Association

    SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Utah business leaders are speaking
 out in support of legislation for the Information Technology (IT) Reform Bill
 (House Bill 109).
     A two-year study has pointed to many potential improvements to Utah's
 current IT structure that could save the state as much as several million
 dollars a year.  One specific item in the study pointed to a potential savings
 of $700,000 for copies of software licenses the state does not actually need.
     Speaking via the Utah Information Technology Association (UITA), business
 leaders including the past three Utah state CIOs support this new legislation
 that proposes to do the following:
 
      *  Increase IT efficiencies throughout state government
      *  Provide greater benefit and service to state agencies
      *  Potentially save millions of taxpayer dollars
      *  Increase security
      *  Eliminate redundancy
      *  Create a new Department of Technology Services to replace what has
         previously been a division within the Department of Administrative
         Services
      *  Authorize Governor Huntsman to carry out a transition of personnel,
         funding and assets to this new department over a period of 18 months
 
     "This is a good government efficiency bill," said Richard Nelson,
 president of the Utah Information Technology Association (UITA), speaking on
 behalf of more than 2,900 technology companies statewide.  "We applaud this
 industry-driven effort, and we are pleased to underscore Governor Huntsman's
 support of this bill.  We believe the technology structure of our state will
 be substantially stronger as the result of this initiative."
     State officials including Representative David Clark, R-Santa Clara, and
 Senator Beverly Evans, R-Altamont, who are co-authors of the legislation have
 characterized the proposed transition as a "natural restructuring" akin to
 other transformations nationwide, as the demands on the public I.T. sector
 have evolved.
     "HB 109 will give tools to the government that will be used to re-organize
 technology resources in a manner that will save taxpayer dollars, provide
 greater benefits and services, and be fair to state employees," Clark
 remarked.
 
     About UITA
     As Utah's premier professional organization for technology companies, the
 Utah Information Technology Association (UITA) exists to form closer
 relationships with industry and community leaders, develop superior management
 talent, sharpen professional skills and help gain access to capital.  For more
 information on UITA, please visit http://www.uita.org.
 
 

SOURCE Utah Information Technology Association
    SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Utah business leaders are speaking
 out in support of legislation for the Information Technology (IT) Reform Bill
 (House Bill 109).
     A two-year study has pointed to many potential improvements to Utah's
 current IT structure that could save the state as much as several million
 dollars a year.  One specific item in the study pointed to a potential savings
 of $700,000 for copies of software licenses the state does not actually need.
     Speaking via the Utah Information Technology Association (UITA), business
 leaders including the past three Utah state CIOs support this new legislation
 that proposes to do the following:
 
      *  Increase IT efficiencies throughout state government
      *  Provide greater benefit and service to state agencies
      *  Potentially save millions of taxpayer dollars
      *  Increase security
      *  Eliminate redundancy
      *  Create a new Department of Technology Services to replace what has
         previously been a division within the Department of Administrative
         Services
      *  Authorize Governor Huntsman to carry out a transition of personnel,
         funding and assets to this new department over a period of 18 months
 
     "This is a good government efficiency bill," said Richard Nelson,
 president of the Utah Information Technology Association (UITA), speaking on
 behalf of more than 2,900 technology companies statewide.  "We applaud this
 industry-driven effort, and we are pleased to underscore Governor Huntsman's
 support of this bill.  We believe the technology structure of our state will
 be substantially stronger as the result of this initiative."
     State officials including Representative David Clark, R-Santa Clara, and
 Senator Beverly Evans, R-Altamont, who are co-authors of the legislation have
 characterized the proposed transition as a "natural restructuring" akin to
 other transformations nationwide, as the demands on the public I.T. sector
 have evolved.
     "HB 109 will give tools to the government that will be used to re-organize
 technology resources in a manner that will save taxpayer dollars, provide
 greater benefits and services, and be fair to state employees," Clark
 remarked.
 
     About UITA
     As Utah's premier professional organization for technology companies, the
 Utah Information Technology Association (UITA) exists to form closer
 relationships with industry and community leaders, develop superior management
 talent, sharpen professional skills and help gain access to capital.  For more
 information on UITA, please visit http://www.uita.org.
 
 SOURCE  Utah Information Technology Association