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SOURCES OF INFORMATION
Synopsis of SFC Amendment
The Senate Finance Committee amendment makes a few technical corrections and strikes the appropriations provided in the bill for FY99 and FY2000.
Synopsis of the SPAC Substitute
The Senate Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) substitute for SB 93 is a compromise bill supported by the Legislative Finance Committee and the executive to create the Information Technology Management Act for the following purposes:
The substitute bill creates the Information Technology Commission (section 4) of thirteen members as follows:
This act allows for appointment of the following advisory members:
The substitute bill provides for the power and duties of the Commission (section 5) and of the Information Technology Management Office (section 7). Included in the Information Technology Management Office section are changes allowing the chief information officer to employ staff, but does not detail the type of staff to be hired.
The substitute bill has a sunset provision of July 1, 2005 and a wind-up period of one year until July 1, 2006 (section 9).
The substitute bill also creates a legislative Information Technology Oversight Committee (section 10) composed of four members from the House of Representatives and four members from the Senate appointed by the New Mexico Legislative Council. Section 11 provides for the oversight committee's duties.
The substitute bill has one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150.0) appropriation from the general fund for expenditure in fiscal year 1999, and seven hundred thousand dollars ($700.0) appropriation from the general fund to the information technology office for expenditure in fiscal year 2000. The fiscal year 2000 appropriation should provide for staff of eight (8) FTE and sufficient funds to be expended from the following categories:
Personal services $451.1
Employee benefits 124.6
Maintenance and repairs 12.5
Supplies and materials 15.0
Contractual services 8.3
Operating costs 64.8
Capital outlay 7.5
Out-of-state travel 6.0
Other financing uses .2
Total for FY2000 $700.0
The workload analysis prepared by the chief information officer indicates on page 9, item 4, formal monitoring of TRIMS, CSES, and FACTS as an accomplishment by his office; however, there are no written reports issued by the Office of Information Technology. Also, the chief information officer claims to provide technical guidance to agencies with major project development; however, once again there are no written documentation available to support this activity. The substitute bill in section 7 (B) (6) requires the chief information officer to review appropriation requests to ensure compliance with agency plans and the state strategic plan and make written recommendations to the Department of Finance and Administration, the Legislative Finance Committee and the Information Technology Oversight Committee by November 30. Also, the general appropriation act is proposing a requirement for the chief information officer to provide written reports on monitoring of the major development projects to determine if sound development methodology has been followed, the independent validation and verification contractors recommendations has been implemented, the turn key approach is taken in developing new projects when appropriate to minimize risk to state and protect warranty rights of state of New Mexico. The chief information officer will be required to consolidate purchasing of all hardware and software to achieve economies of scale and to provide the state best unit price.
According to the State Attorney General's office following are technical issues with the substitute bill:
Section 3(H). This subsection defines "state strategic plan" as a planning document that spans a
3- to 5-year period. This conflicts with Section 2 (C), which refers to the development of a "five-year state strategic plan."
Section 4 (A)(1). This subsection refers to Commission members from agencies "whose primary funding is not from internal service funds." The term "internal service funds" should be defined.
Section 4(A)(2). This subsection describes a Commission member as a "staff member with telecommunications regulatory experience." It is not clear what staff this person belongs to; the agency for which this person serves as a staff member should be designated.
Section 4(A)(4). This subsection refers to two Commission members from "the national laboratories." The provision should specify the names of the laboratories or at least limit the reference to national laboratories in New Mexico.
Section 4(A)(5). This subsection states that public members on the Commission shall serve three-year staggered terms. No terms of any length are specified for the other 10 members of the Commission.
Section 4(C). This subsection provides that Commission members who are not" supported by public money" may receive per diem and mileage for their service on the Commission. The phrase "supported by public money" is ambiguous. The phrase should be changed to state something like "members of the commission who are not state officers or employees."
Section 4(D). This subsection provides that the chief information officer shall act as chairman of the Commission.
However, according to Section 4(A), the chief information officer is not a member of the Commission. Section 4(A) should be amended to include the chief information officer as a member.
Section7(A)(4). This subsection refers to "institutions of higher education." As written, this could include private as well as public institutions. Because the term appears in a list of state and local governmental entities, it is unlikely that the bill's drafters intended to include private institutions. The term should be changed to something like "state institutions of higher education" or "state educational institutions."
Section 12. References in this section to the "information technology office" (p.12, lines 10-11 & 16-17) should be change to "information technology management office.