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Summary: State agencies vary in the information resource systems they use, and there is currently no requirement to systematically examine completed projects or identify proposed major information systems. HB 3093 seeks to assess the current information technologies, identify opportunities to increase efficiencies, customer service, and transparency in information resource technologies by developing criteria to evaluate state agency information technologies biennial plans and by developing an enterprise-based strategy for information resources technologies.
HB 3093 would require the Department of Information Resources (department) to coordinate with the quality assurance team and Legislative Budget Board to develop contract standards for acquiring information resource technologies and to work with state agencies to deploy these standardized contracts. HB 3093 would require the department to produce a report detailing proposed information resource projects in the future, and how implementation of adopted information resource projects has benefited and cost Texas government.
HB 3093 would also implement an Identity Management Pilot Program with already existing department funds. Identity management means authenticating user identities and duties, and specifying what data users are authorized to access. The pilot program shall assess the cost to the state of such identity management and assess which agencies could benefit. HB 3093 also requires the department to undergo a review that gauges how to implement information resource technology best practices and to implement an Enterprise-Based Strategy for information sharing, cost reducing, and creating pilot programs to test information resource modernization strategies.
Analysis: HB 3093 would use funds already allocated to the Department of Information Resources to find ways of modernizing Texas government’s information resource systems and perhaps create cost savings over time through efficiencies. However, we have not seen data to persuade us that this legislation either increases or decreases the size or cost of government. We are neutral on this bill.