Consolidation of information technology in Colorado state government began in 2007. A number of events and activities have taken place to transform the delivery of IT services from a siloed agency model into an enterprise discipline including the following:
January 2007: Governor Bill Ritter Jr. announces a multi-year information technology consolidation plan to fold state government's decentralized operations into the Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT). The plan calls for centralized information technology management, purchasing, spending, and planning. The plan also creates a statewide enterprise structure compared with today's department-by-department model. The successful consolidation efforts of other states were studied as part of the plan development process.
May 2007: Governor Ritter issues Executive Order D 016 07 which, among other things, elevates the position of the State of Colorado Chief Information Officer (CIO) to a cabinet level position and addresses a number of administrative changes to information technology management processes. More information can be found in the attached fact sheet.
June 2007-January 2008: The State of Colorado engages third parties to assist in developing an Enterprise Architecture program to address key technology and business issues enabling a consolidated Information Technology discipline throughout the state and to conduct various assessments.
January 2008: The Colorado Consolidation Plan (C2P), the consolidation roadmap and framework, is published.
February 2008: Senate Bill 08-155, the "IT Consolidation Bill" is introduced in the 2008 legislative session by sponsors Representatives Andy Kerr and Bernie Buescher and Senators Bill Cadman and John Morse to enact the reforms. There were 72 sponsors of the legislation upon introduction.
March 2008: OIT requests a partnership with the business community to achieve C2P objectives and to leverage the expertise of its partners in collecting and analyzing this information.
May 2008: SB08-155 passes with 92 votes in favor and 2 votes not in favor. On May 22, 2008, Governor Bill Ritter Jr. signs the bill into law. The bill takes effect July 1, 2008.