Revamping IT

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. House OKs consolidation of state IT services

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A key part of Republican Gov. Mary Fallin's agenda to consolidate the computer services of state agencies has been approved in the House.

The House voted 61-31 for a bill late Tuesday that would consolidate the structure, operation and purchasing procedures for the state's information technology, or IT, services.

House author Rep. David Derby says the plan could save the state $363 million over the next five years, largely through the elimination of personnel and streamlined financial and administrative services among agencies. The state's higher education system and agencies that don't receive state appropriations were exempted from the bill.

Some Democrats argued the projected savings are overinflated and expressed concern about the possible compromise of sensitive information contained on computers of law enforcement or human services agencies.