The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has launched two new search tools that encourage recycling in Hawaii by helping residents locate the nearest Certified Redemption Center in their area. Transform Hawaii Government recently spoke with software developers McKay Davis and George Lee, dedicated volunteers with Code for Hawaii, who developed the tools in partnership with DOH, the Office of Planning and software company ESRI.
The second year of the 28th Hawaii State Legislature is underway and, in addition to the Office of Enterprise Technology Services’ (ETS) request for 31 additional positions in the Governor’s Executive Budget request, only a few pieces of legislation that directly impact the state’s transformation effort are still alive.
Mahalo to those of you who joined us last month at the third annual Transform Hawaii Government coalition meeting, which brought together coalition members and representatives of the state and private sector to discuss the current opportunities and challenges that impact state government’s transformation initiative.
Transform Hawaii Government coalition board member Robert Harrison and leadership committee member Ryan Field submitted a letter to the editors of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, jointly responding to an Insight article that highlighted the need for upgrading the state’s technology and implementing an “IT Governance” initiative to keep IT projects on time and on budget.
In December of 2014, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of State Parks implemented a vehicle access permit system for the heavily used roads at Kaena Point State Park Reserve on the North Shore of Oahu. The permit system was instituted as an attempt to curtail habitat damage caused and accelerated by off-road vehicle use, reduce soil erosion and stop illegal activities.
Earlier this month, Governor David Ige and CIO Todd Nacapuy announced a new approach for oversight of IT contracts as part of a larger restructuring of how such investments are handled. Rather than individual departments overseeing their own larger-scale IT projects and programs, those meeting certain criteria will be subject to a governance process that includes reviews at key phases.
The transformation of the State of Hawaii is not just about investing in new technology, but more importantly involves identifying ways to be more efficient in managing the people who provide IT support for departments throughout state government.
On October 1, 2015, Hawaii Chief Information Officer Todd Nacapuy announced the next logical step in offering effective management of information technology (IT) employees by proposing and initiating efforts to consolidate the Office of Information Management and Technology and the Information and Communication Services Division into a single entity called the Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS).
October is National Cyber Security Awareness month. This month, everyone is encouraged to learn about cyber security and put that knowledge into practice in their homes, schools, workplaces and businesses.
A third party audit of IT expenditures in all state departments ordered by state lawmakers is underway. The audit, expected to be completed by January, “is necessary to make strategic decisions to meet our target of reducing recurring IT costs in future years,” said OIMT in testimony supporting the audit.