Senate Republicans Propose Restructuring Minnesota Information Technology Services

March 09, 2018 02:17 PM

A pair of Minnesota Senate Republicans have authored a bill that would restructure Minnesota's information technology system.

Sen. Scott Newman and Sen. Julie Rosen have proposed terminating Minnesota Information Technology Services as a separate agency and moving functions like email and server management under the supervision of the Department of Administration.


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The senators said the move would give state agencies the freedom to consider outside bids for software projects. Both argue opening up competition would give Minnesota more recourse if major problems arise. 

The lawmakers pointed to persisting setbacks with Minnesota's Licensing and Registration System as a reason for the restructuring.

Just last week, MN.IT and the Department of Public Safety asked for $43 million to iron-out that system's wrinkles. 

Rosen said issues with MNLARS are costing taxpayers too much money not to act now.

"We are basically doing that to bring realignment, and that will bring transparency, accountability and a clear line of authority and responsibility," Rosen said. 

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"Those things have been obviously missing from MN.IT."

Rosen said MN.IT is currently working on 377 projects, and that those would be completed regardless of the proposed bill.


Tyler Berg

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