HB916: Information Technology Advisory Council (ITAC); consumers access to records.

HOUSE BILL NO. 916

Offered January 8, 2014
Prefiled January 8, 2014
A BILL to amend and reenact § 2.2-2699.6 of the Code of Virginia, relating to access to records.
Patron-- McClellan

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That § 2.2-2699.6 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 2.2-2699.6. Powers and duties of the ITAC.

A. The ITAC shall have the power and duty to:

1. Adopt rules and procedures for the conduct of its business;

2. Advise the CIO on the development of all major information technology projects as defined in § 2.2-2006;

3. Advise the CIO on strategies, standards, and priorities for the use of information technology for state agencies in the executive branch of state government;

4. Advise the CIO on developing the two-year plan for information technology projects;

5. Advise the CIO on statewide technical and data standards for information technology and related systems, including the utilization of nationally recognized technical and data standards for health information technology systems or software purchased by a state agency of the Commonwealth;

6. Advise the CIO on statewide information technology architecture and related system standards;

7. Advise the CIO on assessing and meeting the Commonwealth's business needs through the application of information technology;

8. Advise the CIO on the prioritization, development, and implementation of enterprise-wide technology applications; annually review all agency technology applications budgets; and advise the CIO on infrastructure expenditures; and

9. Advise the CIO on the development, implementation, and execution of a technology applications governance framework for executive branch agencies. Such framework shall establish the categories of use by which technology applications shall be classified, including but not limited to enterprise-wide, multiagency, or agency-specific. The framework shall also provide the policies and procedures for determining within each category of use (i) the ownership and sponsorship of applications, (ii) the proper development of technology applications, (iii) the schedule for maintenance or enhancement of applications, and (iv) the methodology for retirement or replacement of applications. The ITAC shall include the participation of agency leaders who are necessary for defining agency business needs, as well as agency information technology managers who are necessary for overseeing technology applications performance relative to agency business needs. Agency representatives shall assist the ITAC in determining the potential information technology solutions that can meet agency business needs, as well as how those solutions may be funded.

B. Definitions The ITAC shall develop and recommend to the CIO standards that allow consumers to have safe, secure, machine-readable access to their data held by a government agency, including health claims data held by the Department of Medical Assistance Services, Standards-of-Learning data held by the Department of Education, and tax records held by the Department of Taxation. The ITAC shall submit an annual report to the General Assembly identifying all agencies that have adopted the standards.

C. As used in this section, "technology applications" includes, but is not limited to, hardware, software, maintenance, facilities, contractor services, goods, and services that promote business functionality and facilitate the storage, flow, use, or processing of information by agencies of the Commonwealth in the execution of their business activities.