The State Senate approved a bill late last week that would require the state CIO to review the California Project Management Methodology Reference Manual and draft a report recommending how a team of IT experts could be developed to support state agencies and help mitigate IT project risks and challenges.

AB 2523 introduced by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, passed the Senate by a 29-7 vote on Aug. 21.
 
Senate amendments added three elements to the bill: an urgency clause; a requirement that State CIO Carlos Ramos would submit a report to the Legislature by Jan. 1, 2016 considering “how a team of senior IT experts can serve as consultants for top agency managers statewide when they are tasked with managing complex, long-term technology projects,” and require that the California Department of Technology establish a unit of consulting IT experts by 2016.
 
AB 2523 comes in the wake of some high-profile IT project failures in the state, such as the statewide court case management system.
 
This story was originally published by TechWire, a sister publication to Government Technology that covers IT in California state and local government.