Information Technology; Governor to appoint Chief Information Officer of VITA, etc. (HB1034)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patron Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Information Technology governance in the Commonwealth; the Secretary of Technology; the Chief Information Officer; the Information Technology Investment Board; the Information Technology Investment Council, established.

            The bill eliminates the Information Technology Investment Board (ITIB) and replaces it with the Information Technology Investment Council (ITIC), which is established as a policy council under the Governor with the power and duty to advise the Chief Information Officer (CIO) on: (i) development of all major information technology projects; (ii) strategies and standards regarding state agency use of information technology; and (iii) the development of enterprise applications, application budgets, and infrastructure expenditures. The ITIC also has the power and duty to approve the statewide four-year strategic plan developed by the CIO and approve statewide technical and data standards. The ITIC is composed of 10 agency representatives from each Cabinet Secretary, the Secretary of Technology, the CIO, the APA, and no more than two citizens, all to be appointed by the Governor. The Secretary of Technology serves as chair and the CIO as vice chair.

The bill requires the Secretary of Technology, in addition to existing duties, to develop criteria defining a "major information technology project" and, upon recommendation of the CIO, approve the procurement of such projects.   

The bill grants the Governor the power to appoint the Chief Information Officer (CIO), who shall serve as the head of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA). The CIO reports to the Secretary of Technology and is responsible, through his role as head of VITA, for planning, developing, and procuring enterprise applications and infrastructure services. The CIO is also responsible for planning, developing, and soliciting contracts for major information technology projects. The CIO may enter such contracts only upon approval of the Secretary of Technology. The CIO may suspend a major information technology project but such project may only be terminated by the Secretary of Technology. The CIO appoints a Chief Applications Officer (CAO) subject to the approval of the Secretary of Technology. The CAO oversees, but the CIO approves, annual agency technology application budgets and expenditures.

This bill contains additional substantive changes to information technology governance in the Commonwealth as well as numerous technical changes. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100197D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
02/03/2010Reported from Science and Technology with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2010Committee substitute printed 10104580D-H1
02/04/2010Read first time
02/08/2010Read second time
02/08/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10104580D-H1
02/08/2010Emergency clause added
02/08/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1034H1
02/09/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/09/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/11/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB1034)
02/22/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB1034H1)
02/24/2010Committee substitute printed 10105586D-S1
02/24/2010Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2010Read third time
03/01/2010Reading of substitute waived
03/01/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105586D-S1
03/01/2010Emergency clause added
03/01/2010Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1034S1
03/01/2010Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2010Placed on Calendar
03/03/2010Senate substitute agreed to by House 10105586D-S1 (97-Y 0-N)
03/03/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION EMERGENCY (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1034ER)
03/04/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB1034ER)
03/04/2010Signed by Speaker
03/04/2010Signed by President
03/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 136 (effective 7/1/10)
03/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 136 (effective 3/11/10)
03/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0136)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.


Virginia ITSP Association, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Technology - Governance