(a) With respect to all executive departments and agencies of State government, except the Department of Justice if they do not elect at their option to participate, the Office of Information Technology Services shall have all of the following powers and duties:
(1) To establish and operate information resource centers and services to serve two or more departments on a cost-sharing basis, if the State CIO, after consultation with the Office of State Budget and Management, decides it is advisable from the standpoint of efficiency and economy to establish these centers and services.
(2) With the approval of the Office of State Budget and Management, to charge each department for which services are performed its proportionate part of the cost of maintaining and operating the shared centers and services.
(3) To require any department served to transfer to the Office ownership, custody, or control of information processing equipment, supplies, and positions required by the shared centers and services.
(4) To adopt reasonable rules for the efficient and economical management and operation of the shared centers, services, and the integrated State telecommunications network.
(5) To adopt plans, policies, procedures, and rules for the acquisition, management, and use of information technology resources in the departments affected by this section to facilitate more efficient and economic use of information technology in these departments.
(6) To develop and promote training programs to efficiently implement, use, and manage information technology resources.
(7) To provide cities, counties, and other local governmental units with access to the Office of Information Technology Services, information resource centers and services as authorized in this section for State agencies. Access shall be provided on the same cost basis that applies to State agencies.
(b) No data of a confidential nature, as defined in the General Statutes or federal law, may be entered into or processed through any cost-sharing information resource center or network established under this section until safeguards for the data's security satisfactory to the department head and the State Chief Information Officer have been designed and installed and are fully operational. Nothing in this section may be construed to prescribe what programs to satisfy a department's objectives are to be undertaken, nor to remove from the control and administration of the departments the responsibility for program efforts, regardless whether these efforts are specifically required by statute or are administered under the general program authority and responsibility of the department. This section does not affect the provisions of G.S. 147-64.6, 147-64.7, or 147-33.91.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Office of Information Technology Services shall provide information technology services on a cost-sharing basis to the General Assembly and its agencies as requested by the Legislative Services Commission. (1989, c. 239, s. 5; c. 770, s. 60; 1989 (Reg. Sess., 1990), c. 1024, s. 36; 1991 (Reg. Sess., 1992), c. 900, s. 14(g); c. 1030, s. 51.14; 1997-148, ss. 5, 6; 1999-347, s. 2; 1999-434, s. 27; 2000-174, s. 2; 2004-129, s. 15.)
Last modified: March 23, 2014