Government Transformation Is Moving Forward at the Legislature

As the 2017 legislative session progresses, we want to keep you informed about the bills we are tracking, providing testimony on, and may be asking you to contact legislators about. Below are basic summaries. Please click through the link for the bill for the most up to date status. You can also sign up for committee hearing RSS notifications on the Hawaii State Legislature website.

We feel that these bills may have an impact on the Transformation and will continue to monitor and voice our opinion when appropriate. We hope you will also let your voice be heard on the items important to you and your organization. Not all of Transform Hawaii Government’s supporters agree on every issue; there will be times when specific projects or initiatives proposed by the state are backed by some and opposed by others.

 Priority Bills


Status: Supporting
Requires the Chief Information Officer to identify the information technology projects of the executive branch, including DOE and UH, that shall be subject to independent verification and validation. Requires the Chief Information Officer to award, administer, and manage the independent verification and validation contracts.


Status: Supporting
Appropriates funds for the procurement and maintenance of and training for a web-based data system in the Department of Health’s Early Intervention Section.


Status: Supporting
Appropriates funds for grants to participants in the 2017 and 2018 Hawaii annual code challenge so that the proof of concepts created during the challenges can be developed into prototypes. Requires matching funds.

Other Bills

HB 425 – RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII. Makes certain sections of the State Code of Ethics inapplicable to technology transfer activities sponsored by University of Hawaii if the activities comply with the regulatory framework and research compliance program approved by the Board of Regents. Requires the Board of Regents to submit written status reports.

HB 598 – RELATING TO CYBERSECURITY. Establishes a cyber Hawaii pilot project in the office of the vice president for research and innovation at the University of Hawaii that shall plan, develop, and implement a cyber ecosystem. It will comprise a variety of participants, including private companies, nonprofit organizations, government, and individuals, to address the many aspects of cybersecurity, including a comprehensive education curriculum on cybersecurity for school grades 6-12 and continues to higher education; workforce development; approaches to increase Hawaii’s preparedness, readiness, and resilience to cyber threats; and expansion of Hawaii’s innovation economy.

HB 627 – RELATING TO PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS. Establishes and funds a State Public-Private Partnership Coordinator position within the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism to manage public-private partnerships entered into by the State and associated contracts, proposals, and negotiations.

SB 534 – RELATING TO KUPUNA CARE. Requires the executive office on aging to establish the kupuna caregivers program to assist community members who are providing care for elders to stay in the workforce. Clarifies the kupuna service and support options provided by area agencies on aging within the kupuna care program. Appropriates funds for establishing and implementing the kupuna caregivers program. One of the HACC teams last year was working on an app to help assist with kupuna care.

SB 834 – RELATING TO VIDEOCONFERENCING. Requires Legislative Reference Bureau conduct a feasibility study that includes the costs associated with the implementation of audiovisual technology in both chambers of the legislature. Makes an appropriation.

SB 1306 – RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM. Establishes an office of public-private partnership within the department of business, economic development, and tourism. Requires that the office create a strategic plan; create collaboration amongst state agencies to identify and implement public-private projects; and oversee and implement the public-private projects. Makes an appropriation. Related to HB 627.