Update: Enabling Economic Development and Open Government and Improving Human Services

Enabling Economic Development and Open Government while Improving Human Services

After Second Lateral, transformation measures are moving forward that will increase public access to state boards and commissions, better the lives of children with developmental disabilities and enhance business processes at state agencies, while encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation.


SB 850 HD1, Relating to Information Technology

This bill seeks to establish a proactive approach to achieving the successful development and implementation of state information technology projects by requiring the state chief information officer to (1) Identify the information technology projects of the executive branch, including the University of Hawaii and Department of Education, that shall be subject to independent verification and validation; (2) Procure, award, administer, and manage contracts for independent verification and validation; and (3) Submit independent verification and validation reports to the Legislature.

This bill is needed to ensure that state modernization initiatives succeed. This legislation will protect the substantial investments being made by state to enhance IT infrastructure. For those projects that involve significant risk and expense, independent third-party reviews will be required. Such third-party reviews are widely acknowledged as a best practice on major IT initiatives.


HB918 HD1 SD 1, Relating to Intervention

This measure proposes the development of an electronic system to track and monitor the progress of early intervention services for infants and toddlers who have a developmental delay or at biological risk for developmental delays.

The current paper-based tracking system lacks web-based capability for retrieving and updating real-time data that can be accessed from multiple locations and cannot electronically generate reports and billing. Today, web-based systems are the standard and are used in overwhelming majority of states.

To use time and resources efficiently and deliver quality services Hawaii needs a web-based system. Otherwise, there will continue to be problems coordinating the 20 service providers and approximately 3,500 children statewide who receive services each year. By providing a system that can track the services and progress of each child being served, better coordinated services can be provided to achieve better outcomes for the children and families.


HB1329 HD1, Relating to Technology Development

Teams participating in the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (HACC) have produced applications with significant potential for government operations and also have the potential to be commercialized. The HACC consists of a month-long competition at which state departments ask programmers to help solve a variety of problems. The HACC provides a unique opportunity for the tech and startup community to collaborate with state government to develop innovative solutions to some of the pressing operational and social challenges facing Hawaii.

This legislation is necessary to bridge the gap between proof of concept, prototype and commercial product. By appropriating a modest amount to the programming teams producing the best solutions, state departments can enjoy much-needed benefits and Hawaii’s innovation sector can be expanded.

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