April 11, 2013
By Keith Amemiya and Janet Liang
Recent news reports have confirmed what the public has known for years: The state of Hawaii’s information technology infrastructure is in critical condition.
With no considerable investment in more than 30 years, our state government still relies on paper forms, manual data entry and fragile information management systems and protocols that could crash without warning and are highly vulnerable to security breaches.
Smart business decisions and efficient use of resources are possible only if the right people can access the right information at the right time. Private sector investments in information-management technology have resulted in significant improvements in customer service and reduced costs — outcomes that are within reach for the state.
April 8, 2013
Star-Advertiser Editorial Staff
The high-tech expert hired by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to upgrade the state’s aging computer and technology systems received a national award for extraordinary achievement last month, so Hawaii’s “F” in a national rating of how states provide online access illustrates the complexity of the problem. The Legislature’s proposed reduction of the upgrade’s budget would be a significant blow that should be avoided.
March 14, 2013
Host: Dan Boylan
Guests: Richard Borreca, Honolulu Star-Advertiser political columnist; Sen. David Ige, Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair; Rep. Sylvia Luke, House Finance Committee Chair; and Rep. Gene Ward, House Finance Committee Member and Minority Leader Emeritus.
Richard Borreca and Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair David Ige discuss the State of Hawaii’s business and information technology transformation effort as it relates to budgeting.
KHON-2 (Fox affiliate)
March 13, 2013
All state workers are entitled to take home a paycheck, but some are taking home much more than they’ve earned.
It’s costing taxpayers millions, but stopping the problem isn’t as easy as you might think.
Despite decades of efforts to trim the tab on these costly payroll mistakes, some have still been able to walk away with a bundle.
The state is chasing more than $1.5 million from its own staff who got paid too much.
The problem has been high on managers’ radars with overpayment reports due to the state’s accountants every month since the mid-1990s.
Yet, the mistakes still find their way from you the taxpayer to the paychecks.
March 11, 2013
Host: Luke Fretwell
Hawaii Chief Information Officer Sonny Bhagowalia discusses the state of Hawaii technology, its recently-released 12-year IT transformation plan, enterprise architecture, including data center consolidation, upcoming open data initiatives, early successes, effective communications and the transition from federal to state-level technology leadership.
Sonny is a former CIO for the U.S. Department of Interior and, prior to his current role, served as Deputy Associate Administrator for the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. He became Hawaii’s first CIO in 2011.
Hear the entire interview at http://statescoop.com/hawaii-cio-sonny-bhagowalia/.
Hawaii News Now
March 1, 2013
By Teri Okita
Antiquated, unstable, and overdue for a major failure.
The state’s first-ever, full-time Chief Information Officer warns that Hawaii’s government technology and computer systems lag decades behind where we should be – leading to costly mistakes and inefficiency.
The good news, though: plans are in place to move state government from the dark ages to the digital age.
They’re pushing a lot of paper at the state government data center in Honolulu – somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 million papers processed each month! “We are overdue for a major failure because you cannot survive like this,” says Hawaii C.I.O. Sanjeev Bhagowalia. “I think this is just Russian roulette, what’s happening here.”
February 21, 2013
There are currently more than forty bills being considered by the State Legislature that impact the Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT) and the Transformation initiative. Of those, there are companion bills on two topics that are a high priority. Please see the following description of these priority bills, including an update on their current status.
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