The Florida Senate today approved SB 1974, which would

  • Create the Agency for Enterprise Information Technology within the Executive Office of the Governor
  • Provide for the Governor and Cabinet to be the head of the agency
  • Require that the agency be a separate budget entity that is not subject to the control of the Executive Office of the Governor
  • Provide for an executive director of the agency to be subject to confirmation by the Senate
  • Provide for the executive director to be the chief information officer of the state and the executive sponsor for all enterprise information technology projects, and more.

The 42-page bill is sponsored by Sen. Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, who heads the Senate's Governmental Operations Committee. Lawson was quoted by the Tallahassee Democrat, saying that ''We have a track record of busted projects and broken budgets.''

Wayne Hanson  | 

Wayne E. Hanson served as a writer and editor with e.Republic from 1989 to 2013, having worked for several business units including Government Technology magazine, the Center for Digital Government, Governing, and Digital Communities. Hanson was a juror from 1999 to 2004 with the Stockholm Challenge and Global Junior Challenge competitions in information technology and education.