The Department of Technology Services (DTS) manages information technology (IT) programs and resources statewide. It acts as the Executive Branch's lead agency on IT, working with all other state agencies to ensure efficient and effective investment in and operation of IT. It responds first and foremost to the business needs of its customers -- other agencies in the state.
During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $2,889,000 from all sources for Technology Services. This is an 18 percent reduction from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $1,472,500 from the General/Education Funds, an increase of 11.6 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.
In addition to statewide compensation and internal service fund cost increases, the following appropriation adjustments were made during the 2015 General Session:
DTS FTE Count
UCA 63F-1-106 grants authority to the executive director/chief information officer to make changes in personnel and service functions to effectuate greater efficiency and economy in the operations of the department. In this effort, the executive director has managed attrition within the department by reducing 173 full-time employees from FY 2006 through FY 2014 as illustrated in the following chart.
- Reengineer the state's IT architecture
- Coordinate central and agency IT to meet the agency's and user's business and service needs
- Develop and implement processes to replicate IT best practices and standards
- Serve as general contractor between the state's IT users and private sector providers
- Assist the Governor's Office of Management and Budget with the development of IT budgets for agencies
Information Technology Governance Amendments (House Bill 109, 2005 General Session) created DTS. The bill immediately moved the Office of the Chief Information Officer and the Automated Geographic Reference Center into DTS as appropriated budget items. Subsequent appropriations acts added Technology Acquisition projects as appropriated items through FY 2009. After FY 2009, the Legislature appropriated state funds directly to agencies, who then pay DTS dedicated credits (to its internal service fund) to develop or contract projects.
(H.B. 109 also provided mechanisms through which the governor consolidated the Division of Information Technology Services (ITS) and all agency information technology functions into an internal service fund.)
DTS reports or interacts with the following entities:
- Technology Advisory Board (TAB) UCA 63F-1-202: TAB was created to advise and assist the CIO in working with executive branch agencies toward consensus solutions. The Technology Advisory Board meets at the discretion of the chair and receives information on the operations of the department.
- Public Utilities Technology Interim Committee UCA 63F-1-104 (9) and UCA 63F-1-201: Receives the status of existing information technology projects and the Executive Branch Strategic Plan, as well as the department's annual report, published each November.
- Information Technology Rate Committee UCA 63F-1-301: Receives information about all rates for the next fiscal year, evaluates and recommends them to the Governor's Office of Management and Budget and the Legislative Fiscal Analyst for review and consideration by the Legislature.
- Governor's Office: Receives the department's annual report, approves the rates, budgets, FTE and capital outlay authorization.
- Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee: Receives department information and approves the rates, budgets, FTE and capital outlay authorization.
Under the terms of 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that appropriations provided for Chief Information Officer in Item 24, Chapter 11, Laws of Utah 2014, shall not lapse at the close of FY 2015. Expenditures of these funds are limited to costs associated with DTS rate study and/or optimization initiatives: $30,000.
HB0003: Item 49
Under the terms of 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that appropriations provided for Integrated Technology Division in Item 25, Chapter 11, Laws of Utah 2014, shall not lapse at the close of FY 2015. Expenditures of these funds are limited to Geographic Reference Center projects: $400,000; and, Global Positioning System Reference Network upgrades and maintenance: $100,000.
COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.