Information Technology; Governor to appoint Chief Information Officer of VITA, etc. (SB236)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from co-patrons Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville), and Sen. Walter Stosch (R-Glen Allen)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Information Technology governance in the Commonwealth; the Chief Information Officer; the Information Technology Investment Board; the Department of Technology Management, established; the Information Technology Investment Council, established; and the Council on Technology Services, 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 (i) approve the recommended technology investment projects report prepared by the Project Management Division; (ii) approve plans for the development, maintenance, and replacement of enterprise and multiagency applications developed by the Council on Technology Services (COTS); and (iii) advise the Secretary of Technology on the termination of major information technology projects. The ITIC is comprised of each Cabinet Secretary, the Directors of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees, and three nonlegislative citizen members, all of whom to be appointed by the Governor. The Governor's Chief of Staff serves on the ITIC as chairman.

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 bill establishes the Department of Technology (DTM) with the power and duty to (i) develop regulations, standards, policies, and guidelines for management of information technology in the Commonwealth; (ii) oversee information technology security, procurements, projects, investments, planning, and budgeting; (iii) report on information technology status and trends in the Commonwealth; and (iv) in consultation with VITA, identify and plan for the information technology needs of the Commonwealth. The Department is led by a Director who is appointed by the Governor, confirmed by the General Assembly, and reports to the CIO. The Department includes the Project Management Division, the Virginia Geographic Information Network, and the Public Safety Communications Division, all of which were previously under the supervision and responsibility of VITA.

The bill establishes the Council on Technology Services (COTS) as a policy council under the Governor with the power and duty to (i) advise the CIO on the application and infrastructure services provided by VITA; (ii) advise the Director of DTM on the development of information technology regulations, standards, policies, and guidelines; the list of recommended technology investment projects and proposed uses of state funds resulting from agency budget reviews; and (iii) develop, for approval by the ITIC, plans for the development, maintenance, and replacement of enterprise and multiagency applications. COTS is comprised of agency representatives from each of the Cabinet Secretaries and the legislative and judicial branches of state government.

The bill creates a new requirement that the Secretary of Technology develop a comprehensive statewide two-year strategic plan for information technology that addresses application and infrastructure needs, the use of information technology across state government, and information security issues. The Secretary is also responsible for the newly created DTM and shall coordinate and resolve any conflicts between DTM and VITA.

The bill contains several enactment clauses, including the provision that no additional funds from the general appropriation act passed by the 2010 Session of the General Assembly shall be used to implement the provisions of this act. Any additional funding necessary to implement the provisions of this act shall be provided from internal service funds maintained by VITA. This bill contains other substantive provisions and includes numerous technical changes necessary to update obsolete references. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103312D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/01/2010Assigned GL&T sub: Special on Technology
02/02/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB236)
02/10/2010Committee substitute printed 10105040D-S1
02/10/2010Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2010Rereferred to Finance
02/11/2010Reported from Finance (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2010Read second time
02/16/2010Reading of substitute waived
02/16/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105040D-S1
02/16/2010Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB236S1
02/16/2010Emergency clause added
02/16/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2010Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2010Placed on Calendar
02/17/2010Read first time
02/17/2010Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
02/24/2010Reported from Science and Technology with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2010Committee substitute printed 10105592D-H1
02/25/2010Read second time
02/26/2010Read third time
02/26/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105592D-H1
02/26/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB236H1
02/26/2010Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
02/26/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2010House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2010Title replaced 10105592D-H1
03/04/2010Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB236ER)
03/04/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB236ER)
03/04/2010Signed by President
03/04/2010Signed by Speaker
03/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 145 (effective 7/1/10)
03/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 145 (effective 3/11/10)
03/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0145)


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.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1035.


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

Technology - Governance