One IT Background
The Governor and the General Assembly, through the Appropriations Act of 2013, directed the State Chief Information Officer (SCIO) to conduct a comprehensive review of the State’s overall information technology operations and “develop a plan to restructure the State’s IT operations for the most effective and efficient utilization of resources and capabilities.”
Goals of the restructuring effort included:
- Enhanced citizen interactions and satisfaction
- Increased efficiency and reduced complexity
- Clear accountability and authority
- Improved ability to attract, retain and reward IT talent
The comprehensive review found the State’s piecemeal approach to information technology was not working, and as a result, the statewide IT Restructuring initiative – a legislative priority for the McCrory administration – was included in the Governor’s budget for the 2015-2017 biennium. While the General Assembly considered legislation that would create the new Department, restructuring efforts began under Executive Order 30 (EO 30).
In addition to the initiative included in the Governor’s budget, House Bill 208, sponsored by Representatives Saine, Bradford, Tine and B. Brown; and Senate Bill 268, sponsored by Senators Tarte, Brock and Hise, were introduced in March 2015. Both bills established DIT as a single source of accountability and authority over the State’s IT resources, including budgets, personnel and project management.
On September 18, 2015, Governor Pat McCrory signed the state budget, which officially consolidated information technology operations under a single, cabinet-level Department of Information Technology (DIT).