Bourne Applauds New Consolidated IT Department

State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) applauded Governor Bruce Rauner’s actions to create the new Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT). The agency will transform the state’s information technology functions into one agency to provide better service to Illinois residents and businesses.

“Consolidation of our IT services makes sense,” Bourne said. “This restructuring of the system will streamline the process and save money.  This is a win for the citizens of Illinois.” The Governor signed Executive Order 16-01 on Monday creating a strategic, statewide technology plan to accelerate Illinois’ modernization.

All information technology decisions and spending will be centralized and consolidated under this new agency. DoIT will develop statewide IT solutions that take a 360-degree view of a resident or business. This will allow the state to use data to provide more tailored services while reducing inefficiencies and costs to taxpayers.  

While there has been some consolidation of IT services at the state level, each agency was left in charge of developing its own technology solutions. That created a patchwork of systems that were often redundant, not inter-operable and vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Currently, agencies often cannot share data easily to identify waste, save taxpayer money, and more efficiently serve businesses and residents.

Twenty-nine other states and most corporations consolidate technology functions into central departments.