DIT Director Kenneth Theis (pictured) will oversee the consolidation of the two departments and will become director of the new department.

Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm this week announced plans to merge the departments of Management and Budget (DMB) and Information Technology (DIT) to form a single department that further integrates information technology into the administrative services currently provided by DMB and DIT. Kenneth Theis, current director of DIT, will oversee the consolidation of the two departments and will become director of the new department.

"We are continuing to reform, restructure, and streamline state government," Granholm said in a statement. "This merger also reflects the enormous role of technology in streamlining government and serving our citizens. By combining these departments, we are building on our work of pursuing every efficiency. With this announcement, our efforts will have resulted in the net elimination of five state departments and nearly 200 boards and commissions. And we will continue to streamline."