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Blaise Ingoglia: Agency for State Technology ‘is going to stay’

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House members voted Monday in favor of a budget conference committee report that keeps the state’s Agency for State Technology. The measure passed on a vote of 109-2. The House had earlier angled for a major overhaul, even doing away with the agency, but agreed to keep it intact during budget negotiations. The agency came under fire in January after a report by Florida Auditor General Sherrill F. Norman’s office laid out a laundry list of security and other problems at the…

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Agency for State Technology reorganization plan moves forward

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The House on Wednesday accepted the Senate’s budget language to reorganize the Agency for State Technology. “The House initially pushed for a complete overhaul of the state’s IT services, which included replacing the agency, but late in the budget negotiations a deal to keep the agency while making changes emerged,” Legislative IQ powered by LobbyTools reported. Proviso language includes the appointment of a “chief data officer.” Jason Allison resigned as head of the agency and the state’s Chief Information Officer in February. He…

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It’s official: Jason Allison resigns as state CIO to join Foley & Lardner

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Jason Allison, Florida’s Chief Information Officer, has told Gov. Rick Scott he is resigning. Allison’s letter, dated Monday, was released Friday by the Agency for State Technology, which Allison heads. News of his departure was exclusively in Friday’s edition of SUNBURN. “My years directing the Agency … and my prior service as your Technology Policy Coordinator have been some of the best in my life,” he wrote. “I cannot thank you enough for all of the opportunities and experiences you have…

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Senate panel OKs bill to create chief data officer

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A bill creating a “chief data officer” position in the Agency for State Technology easily cleared its first Senate panel. The Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee OK’d the legislation (SB 362) unanimously on Tuesday. It also establishes a “Geographic Information Office” within the agency. “GIS activities are fragmented across the state with duplication of data collection and storage,” a staff analysis said. “Standards are followed inconsistently, and information is not immediately accessible when needed by law enforcement, emergency management, and the State Fire Marshal.”…

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Audit slams security, other lapses at state tech agency

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I hate to overstate the findings of any report, but my first thought while reading the latest audit of the Agency for State Technology was: “Jeez, is this joint as potentially ‘leaky’ as I think it is?” The report by Florida Auditor General Sherrill F. Norman’s office, which I got a copy of on Thursday, lays out a laundry list of security and other problems at the relatively new agency. And the best defense that state Chief Information Officer Jason…

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AIF supports needed IT procurement & contracting reform for the state of Florida

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With Florida being an $80 billion enterprise and the third-largest state in the nation, it is alarming that its procurement statutes, rules and policy have not been significantly changed in decades, contributing to our state lagging behind most states in the effective use of technology to make our state a better place to live and work. The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) and its Information Technology (IT) Council commends the Florida Legislature for creating the Agency for State Technology (AST)…

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Capitol Reax: Medical marijuana, abortion restrictions, IT security, criminal justice

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Gov. Rick Scott signed a raft of bills into law on Friday, including ones to expand medical marijuana to more patients in need. The bill extends the Right to Try Act to include medical marijuana and also gives assurances to dispensing organizations that have already received a license from the department of state. Susan Driscoll, president of Surterra Therapeutics and managing director of Alpha Foliage, said in a statement: “Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature have helped a lot of…

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