HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Governor Neil Abercrombie launched a new technology transformation initiative designed to increase efficiency and save taxpayers millions of dollars. This is a public-private partnership with the Hawaii Community Foundation which is providing a $3 million grand to start up the effort. The money is coming from the Omidyar Ohana Fund.
Governor Abercrombie said the state's technology system is outdated and hasn't been upgraded in decades. A new Office of Information Management and Technology will be led by the state's first Chief Information Officer. Abercrombie will select a CIO who will develop a modernization plan to improve current government operations.
The HCF grant is tied to a couple of current bills and future legislation which will provide long-term funding for the transformation.