Governor Bruce Rauner signed Executive Order 16-01 yesterday to create the new Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT). The new state agency will transform and consolidate the state’s information technology functions into one agency.
While there has been some consolidation of IT services under CMS, each agency has been left in charge of developing its own technology solutions. That created a patchwork of systems that were often redundant, not interoperable, and vulnerable to cyber attacks. Currently, agencies often cannot share data easily to identify waste, save taxpayer money, and more efficiently serve businesses and residents.This new agency will be able to make state government more efficient and accountable while saving taxpayer money.
“This initiative, in addition to last week’s announcement of the new Advancing Development of Minority Entrepreneurship pilot program is another great step in the right direction for this state,” Rep McDermed said. “We need to bring this state more fully in to the 21st century and enhance our competitiveness with other states.”