- Report Published -
|Council on Information Management--Interim Report|
|Council on Information Management|
|Appropriation Act - Item 85. (Regular Session, 1988)|
|On behalf of the Council on Information Management I am pleased to provide you with the interim report of the Council as called for by Item 85 of Chapter 800, the 1988-90 Appropriation Act. Since its formation in August, 1988 the Council and its committees have met six times to gather information and review the current status of information technology resource management in the Commonwealth. In carrying out its responsibilities the Council has received the active assistance of advisory committees representing the perspectives of agencies and institutions of higher education across state government, and has been the beneficiary of excellent technical support provided by the Department of Information Technology.|
This report has two distinct purposes. As directed by the General Assembly, the report provides preliminary information on the information systems operated by the Departments of Accounts, Planning and Budget, Personnel and Training, General Services, and Treasury, and the Virginia Supplemental Retirement System. In its final report due on September 1, 1989 the Council will outline a proposed plan for the coordinated future development of the strategically important information systems housed within these six agencies.
This report also contains background information on the Commonwealth's current information technology resource environment, as well as several information systems management issues and planning concepts which are preliminary in nature but are included for exposure to constructive review and comment. The Council invites such comment which may be sent to the staff offices, Suite 1100, the Washington Building, in Richmond.
In releasing this report for publication, the Council believes that it is important to emphasize that the process for developing a strategic information plan for Virginia is a complex and lengthy one. In particular, the Council finds that the technology issues facing the educational community involve a unique set of challenges for the Commonwealth.
Over the next several months the Council and its Education Advisory Committee will examine the information technology environment in education at all levels in Virginia. The results of this review will be circulated to all institutions of higher education and, through the Department of Education, for comment by appropriate groups representing elementary and secondary education. From this process the Council hopes to issue a description of the role of technology in education and the implications for technology management in state government.