For Immediate Release - June 01, 2017

Baker-Polito Administration Proposes State IT Infrastructure and Security Modernization

Legislation reorganizes the service, delivery and security of information technology through MassIT under streamlined secretariat of Technology Services and Security

BOSTON - Today, the Baker-Polito Administration filed legislation to modernize and secure the Commonwealth’s information technology (IT) infrastructure and services, re-establishing the Massachusetts Office of Information Technology (MassIT) as the Executive Office of Technology Services & Security (EOTSS). Led by a Secretary of Technology, EOTSS will centralize IT infrastructure service across the executive department and review and update policies and procedures governing state cybersecurity, digital platforms and data management.

“The pace of technology innovation is accelerating, led by many of the world-class IT and cybersecurity organizations that call Massachusetts home,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “To better serve our constituents and secure their information, we are pleased to file legislation elevating the mission of MassIT and streamlining the digital platforms and services state government provides.”

“This legislation will help simplify IT management and allow agencies to focus on improving their delivery of services to constituents,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Creating the Executive Office of Technology Services & Security will support the Commonwealth’s continued focus on providing constituents and state workers with modern, secure, and stable technologies.”

“EOTSS will drive an enterprise approach to our technology architecture and procurement, making the Commonwealth more secure and efficient,” said MassIT Executive Director Mark Nunnelly. “By concentrating on infrastructure and architecture, EOTSS will enable the rest of the executive office to focus on constituent service.”

As with any large operation, the Commonwealth must continually protect against threats to its digital infrastructure and empowering EOTSS to strengthen the executive department’s digital operations through standardization and centralization will help reduce overall risks.  State governments across the country have engaged in similar efforts to standardize and consolidate technology assets in recent years, resulting in increased efficiency and security.  Governor Baker filed the proposal under Article 87 of the Massachusetts Constitution, which authorizes reorganization of executive branch agencies and requires a legislative hearing within thirty days of filing.