A legislative committee has voted to scrutinize the state's Office of Information Technology following complaints about its operations.
The Legislature's Government Oversight Committee unanimously voted to put the IT office on the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability's work list for study, according to Capitol News Service. Sen. Roger Katz, committee co-chair, told the news service other agencies have complained about the Office of IT's cost and operations. The office was created in 2005 as a way to centralize computer purchases and IT systems maintenance, as well as reduce technology costs, but some state agencies are saying those objectives have not been achieved. OPEGA Director Beth Ashcroft told the news service the Office of IT's budget is more than $72 million a year, and that her office may have to contract with consultants to help with the study.
The committee this week also voted 5-3 to direct OPEGA to begin looking into the operations of MaineHousing to see if a full investigation on its operations is warranted.