CHAPTER 16E. OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY
Table of Sections
|16E.01||OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY.|
|16E.02||OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY; STRUCTURE AND PERSONNEL.|
|16E.03||ADMINISTRATION OF STATE INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS.|
|16E.04||INFORMATION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY POLICY.|
|16E.05||GOVERNMENT INFORMATION ACCESS.|
|16E.055||ELECTRONIC GOVERNMENT SERVICES.|
|16E.08||Repealed, 1Sp2001 c 10 art 2 s 102
|16E.09||Repealed, 1Sp2003 c 1 art 2 s 136
|16E.11||Repealed, 1999 c 250 art 1 s 115
|16E.12||Repealed, 1999 c 250 art 1 s 115
|16E.13||Repealed, 1999 c 250 art 1 s 115
|16E.14||ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY REVOLVING FUND.|
|16E.16||MODIFICATION OF OPERATING AND MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES.|
|16E.18||STATE INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE.|
|16E.19||ADMINISTRATION OF STATE COMPUTER FACILITIES.|
|16E.20||ELECTRONIC CONDUCT OF STATE BUSINESS.|
|16E.21||16E.21 INFORMATION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACCOUNT.|
16E.01 OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY.
Subdivision 1. Creation; chief information officer.
The Office of Enterprise Technology,
referred to in this chapter as the "office," is an agency in the executive branch headed by the state
chief information officer. The appointment of the chief information officer is subject to the advice
and consent of the senate under section
Subd. 1a. Responsibilities.
The office shall provide oversight, leadership, and direction
for information and telecommunications technology policy and the management, delivery, and
security of information and telecommunications technology systems and services in Minnesota.
The office shall manage strategic investments in information and telecommunications technology
systems and services to encourage the development of a technically literate society, to ensure
sufficient access to and efficient delivery of government services, and to maximize benefits for the
state government as an enterprise.
Subd. 2. Discretionary powers.
The office may:
(1) enter into contracts for goods or services with public or private organizations and charge
fees for services it provides;
(2) apply for, receive, and expend money from public agencies;
(3) apply for, accept, and disburse grants and other aids from the federal government and
other public or private sources;
(4) enter into contracts with agencies of the federal government, local governmental units,
the University of Minnesota and other educational institutions, and private persons and other
nongovernmental organizations as necessary to perform its statutory duties;
(5) appoint committees and task forces of not more than two years' duration to assist the
office in carrying out its duties;
(6) sponsor and conduct conferences and studies, collect and disseminate information, and
issue reports relating to information and communications technology issues;
(7) participate in the activities of standards bodies and other appropriate conferences related
to information and communications technology issues;
(8) review the technology infrastructure of regions of the state and cooperate with and make
recommendations to the governor, legislature, state agencies, local governments, local technology
development agencies, the federal government, private businesses, and individuals for the
realization of information and communications technology infrastructure development potential;
(9) sponsor, support, and facilitate innovative and collaborative economic and community
development and government services projects, including technology initiatives related to culture
and the arts, with public and private organizations; and
(10) review and recommend alternative sourcing strategies for state information and
Subd. 3. Duties.
(a) The office shall:
(1) manage the efficient and effective use of available federal, state, local, and public-private
resources to develop statewide information and telecommunications technology systems and
services and its infrastructure;
(2) approve state agency and intergovernmental information and telecommunications
technology systems and services development efforts involving state or intergovernmental
funding, including federal funding, provide information to the legislature regarding projects
reviewed, and recommend projects for inclusion in the governor's budget under section
(3) ensure cooperation and collaboration among state and local governments in developing
intergovernmental information and telecommunications technology systems and services, and
define the structure and responsibilities of a representative governance structure;
(4) cooperate and collaborate with the legislative and judicial branches in the development of
information and communications systems in those branches;
(5) continue the development of North Star, the state's official comprehensive online service
and information initiative;
(6) promote and collaborate with the state's agencies in the state's transition to an effectively
competitive telecommunications market;
(7) collaborate with entities carrying out education and lifelong learning initiatives to assist
Minnesotans in developing technical literacy and obtaining access to ongoing learning resources;
(8) promote and coordinate public information access and network initiatives, consistent with
chapter 13, to connect Minnesota's citizens and communities to each other, to their governments,
and to the world;
(9) promote and coordinate electronic commerce initiatives to ensure that Minnesota
businesses and citizens can successfully compete in the global economy;
(10) manage and promote the regular and periodic reinvestment in the information and
telecommunications technology systems and services infrastructure so that state and local
government agencies can effectively and efficiently serve their customers;
(11) facilitate the cooperative development of and ensure compliance with standards and
policies for information and telecommunications technology systems and services, electronic data
practices and privacy, and electronic commerce among international, national, state, and local
public and private organizations;
(12) eliminate unnecessary duplication of existing information and telecommunications
technology systems and services provided by other public and private organizations while
building on the existing governmental, educational, business, health care, and economic
(13) identify, sponsor, develop, and execute shared information and telecommunications
technology projects and ongoing operations; and
(14) ensure overall security of the state's information and technology systems and services.
(b) The chief information officer in consultation with the commissioner of finance must
determine when it is cost-effective for agencies to develop and use shared information and
telecommunications technology systems and services for the delivery of electronic government
services. The chief information officer may require agencies to use shared information and
telecommunications technology systems and services. The chief information officer shall establish
reimbursement rates in cooperation with the commissioner of finance to be billed to agencies and
other governmental entities sufficient to cover the actual development, operating, maintenance,
and administrative costs of the shared systems. The methodology for billing may include the use
of interagency agreements, or other means as allowed by law.
History: 1997 c 202 art 3 s 7; 1998 c 366 s 41; 1999 c 250 art 1 s 68; 1Sp2003 c 1 art 2 s
58; 2005 c 156 art 5 s 6,7
16E.02 OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY; STRUCTURE AND PERSONNEL.
Subdivision 1. Office management and structure.
(a) The chief information officer is
appointed by the governor. The chief information officer serves in the unclassified service
at the pleasure of the governor. The chief information officer must have experience leading
enterprise-level information technology organizations. The chief information officer is the state's
chief information officer and information and telecommunications technology advisor to the
(b) The chief information officer may appoint other employees of the office. The staff of the
office must include individuals knowledgeable in information and telecommunications technology
systems and services and individuals with specialized training in information security.
Subd. 1a. Accountability.
The chief information officer reports to the governor. The chief
information officer must consult regularly with the commissioners of administration, finance,
human services, revenue, and other commissioners as designated by the governor, on technology
projects, standards, and services as well as management of resources and staff utilization.
Subd. 2. Intergovernmental participation.
The chief information officer or the chief
information officer's designee shall serve as a member of the Geographic Information Systems
Council and the Library Planning Task Force or their respective successor organizations and as
a nonvoting member of the Minnesota Health Data Institute.
Subd. 3. Administrative support.
The commissioner of administration must provide
office space and administrative support services to the office. The office must reimburse the
commissioner for these services.
History: 1997 c 202 art 3 s 8; 1999 c 250 art 1 s 69; 2000 c 260 s 8; 2005 c 156 art 5 s 8
16E.03 ADMINISTRATION OF STATE INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS
Subdivision 1. Definitions.
For the purposes of chapter 16E, the following terms have
the meanings given them.
(a) "Information and telecommunications technology systems and services" means all
computing and telecommunications hardware and software, the activities undertaken to secure that
hardware and software, and the activities undertaken to acquire, transport, process, analyze, store,
and disseminate information electronically. "Information and telecommunications technology
systems and services" includes all proposed expenditures for computing and telecommunications
hardware and software, security for that hardware and software, and related consulting or other
(b) "Information and telecommunications technology project" means an effort to acquire or
produce information and telecommunications technology systems and services.
(c) "Telecommunications" means voice, video, and data electronic transmissions transported
by wire, wireless, fiber-optic, radio, or other available transport technology.
(d) "Cyber security" means the protection of data and systems in networks connected
to the Internet.
(e) "State agency" means an agency in the executive branch of state government and includes
the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, but does not include the Minnesota State Colleges and
Universities unless specifically provided elsewhere in this chapter.
Subd. 2. Chief information officer's responsibility.
The chief information officer shall
coordinate the state's information and telecommunications technology systems and services to
serve the needs of the state government. The chief information officer shall:
(1) design a master plan for information and telecommunications technology systems and
services in the state and its political subdivisions and shall report on the plan to the governor and
legislature at the beginning of each regular session;
(2) coordinate, review, and approve all information and telecommunications technology
projects and oversee the state's information and telecommunications technology systems and
(3) establish and enforce compliance with standards for information and telecommunications
technology systems and services that are cost-effective and support open systems environments
and that are compatible with state, national, and international standards;
(4) maintain a library of systems and programs developed by the state and its political
subdivisions for use by agencies of government;
(5) direct and manage the shared operations of the state's information and telecommunications
technology systems and services; and
(6) establish and enforce standards and ensure acquisition of hardware and software
necessary to protect data and systems in state agency networks connected to the Internet.
Subd. 3. Evaluation and approval.
A state agency may not undertake an information and
telecommunications technology project until it has been evaluated according to the procedures
developed under subdivision 4. The chief information officer shall give written approval of
the proposed project. When notified by the chief information officer that a project has not
been approved, the commissioner of finance shall cancel the unencumbered balance of any
appropriation allotted for the project.
Subd. 4. Evaluation procedure.
The chief information officer shall establish and, as
necessary, update and modify procedures to evaluate information and communications projects
proposed by state agencies. The evaluation procedure must assess the necessity, design and plan
for development, ability to meet user requirements, feasibility, and flexibility of the proposed data
processing device or system, its relationship to other state data processing devices or systems, and
its costs and benefits when considered by itself and when compared with other options.
Subd. 5. Report to legislature.
The chief information officer shall submit to the legislature,
at the same time as the governor's budget required by section
, a concise narrative
explanation of any information and communication technology project that involves collaboration
between state agencies and an explanation of how the budget requests of the several agencies
collaborating on the project relate to each other.
Subd. 6. System development methods.
The chief information officer shall establish and, as
necessary, update and modify methods for developing information and communications systems
appropriate to the specific needs of individual state agencies. The development methods shall
be used to define the design, programming, and implementation of systems. The development
methods must also enable and require a data processing system to be defined in terms of
its computer programs, input requirements, output formats, administrative procedures, and
Subd. 7. Cyber security systems.
In consultation with the attorney general and appropriate
agency heads, the chief information officer shall develop cyber security policies, guidelines, and
standards, and shall install and administer state data security systems on the state's computer
facilities consistent with these policies, guidelines, standards, and state law to ensure the
integrity of computer-based and other data and to ensure applicable limitations on access to
data, consistent with the public's right to know as defined in chapter 13. The chief information
officer is responsible for overall security of state agency networks connected to the Internet. Each
department or agency head is responsible for the security of the department's or agency's data
within the guidelines of established enterprise policy.
Subd. 8. Joint actions.
The chief information officer may join with the federal government,
other states, local governments, and organizations representing those groups either jointly or
severally in the development and implementation of systems analysis, information services, and
History: 1997 c 202 art 3 s 9; 1997 c 212 s 3,4; 1998 c 359 s 15; 1998 c 366 s 42-45; 1999 c
250 art 1 s 114; 2005 c 107 art 2 s 60; 2005 c 156 art 5 s 9-12,23
16E.035 TECHNOLOGY INVENTORY.
The chief information officer must prepare an inventory of technology owned or leased by
state agencies. The inventory must include: (1) information on how the technology fits into
the state's information technology architecture; and (2) a projected replacement schedule. The
chief information officer must report the inventory to the legislative committees with primary
jurisdiction over state technology issues by July 1 of each even-numbered year.
History: 1Sp2001 c 10 art 2 s 44; 2005 c 156 art 5 s 23
16E.04 INFORMATION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY POLICY.
Subdivision 1. Development.
The office shall develop, establish, and enforce policies
and standards for state agencies to follow in developing and purchasing information and
telecommunications technology systems and services and training appropriate persons in their
use. The office shall develop, promote, and manage state technology, architecture, standards and
guidelines, information needs analysis techniques, contracts for the purchase of equipment and
services, and training of state agency personnel on these issues.
Subd. 2. Responsibilities.
(a) In addition to other activities prescribed by law, the office shall
carry out the duties set out in this subdivision.
(b) The office shall develop and establish a state information architecture to ensure that state
agency development and purchase of information and communications systems, equipment, and
services is designed to ensure that individual agency information systems complement and do not
needlessly duplicate or conflict with the systems of other agencies. When state agencies have
need for the same or similar public data, the chief information officer, in coordination with the
affected agencies, shall manage the most efficient and cost-effective method of producing and
storing data for or sharing data between those agencies. The development of this information
architecture must include the establishment of standards and guidelines to be followed by state
agencies. The office shall ensure compliance with the architecture.
(c) The office shall assist state agencies in the planning and management of information
systems so that an individual information system reflects and supports the state agency's mission
and the state's requirements and functions. The office shall review and approve agency technology
plans to ensure consistency with enterprise information and telecommunications technology
(d) The office shall review and approve agency requests for funding for the development or
purchase of information systems equipment or software before the requests may be included in
the governor's budget.
(e) The office shall review major purchases of information systems equipment to:
(1) ensure that the equipment follows the standards and guidelines of the state information
(2) ensure the agency's proposed purchase reflects a cost-effective policy regarding volume
(3) ensure that the equipment is consistent with other systems in other state agencies so that
data can be shared among agencies, unless the office determines that the agency purchasing the
equipment has special needs justifying the inconsistency.
(f) The office shall review the operation of information systems by state agencies and ensure
that these systems are operated efficiently and securely and continually meet the standards and
guidelines established by the office. The standards and guidelines must emphasize uniformity
that is cost-effective for the enterprise, that encourages information interchange, open systems
environments, and portability of information whenever practicable and consistent with an
agency's authority and chapter 13.
(g) The office shall conduct a comprehensive review at least every three years of the
information systems investments that have been made by state agencies and higher education
institutions. The review must include recommendations on any information systems applications
that could be provided in a more cost-beneficial manner by an outside source. The office must
report the results of its review to the legislature and the governor.
Subd. 3. Risk assessment and mitigation.
(a) A risk assessment and risk mitigation plan
are required for all information systems development projects undertaken by a state agency in
the executive or judicial branch or by a constitutional officer. The chief information officer must
contract with an entity outside of state government to conduct the initial assessment and prepare
the mitigation plan for a project estimated to cost more than $5,000,000. The outside entity
conducting the risk assessment and preparing the mitigation plan must not have any other direct or
indirect financial interest in the project. The risk assessment and risk mitigation plan must provide
for periodic monitoring by the commissioner until the project is completed.
(b) The risk assessment and risk mitigation plan must be paid for with money appropriated
for the information and telecommunications technology project. The chief information officer
must notify the commissioner of finance when work has begun on a project and must identify
the proposed budget for the project. The commissioner of finance shall ensure that no more than
ten percent of the proposed budget be spent on the project, other than the money spent on the
risk assessment and risk mitigation plan, is spent until the risk assessment and mitigation plan
are reported to the chief information officer and the chief information officer has approved the
risk mitigation plan.
History: 1997 c 202 art 3 s 10; 1999 c 250 art 1 s 114; 2000 c 488 art 12 s 17; 2001 c 7 s
11; 1Sp2001 c 10 art 2 s 45; 2005 c 156 art 5 s 13
16E.0465 TECHNOLOGY APPROVAL.
Subdivision 1. Application.
This section applies to an appropriation of more than $1,000,000
of state or federal funds to a state agency for any information and telecommunications technology
project or for any phase of such a project, device, or system. For purposes of this section, an
appropriation of state or federal funds to a state agency includes an appropriation:
(1) to a constitutional officer;
(2) for a project that includes both a state agency and units of local government; and
(3) to a state agency for grants to be made to other entities.
Subd. 2. Required review and approval.
(a) A state agency receiving an appropriation for
an information and telecommunications technology project subject to this section must divide the
project into phases.
(b) The commissioner of finance may not authorize the encumbrance or expenditure of
an appropriation of state funds to a state agency for any phase of a project, device, or system
subject to this section unless the Office of Enterprise Technology has reviewed each phase of the
project, device, or system, and based on this review, the chief information officer has determined
for each phase that:
(1) the project is compatible with the state information architecture and other policies and
standards established by the chief information officer;
(2) the agency is able to accomplish the goals of the phase of the project with the funds
(3) the project supports the enterprise information technology strategy.
Subd. 3.[Repealed, 2005 c 156 art 5 s 24
History: 1Sp2001 c 10 art 2 s 46; 2005 c 156 art 5 s 14,15
16E.05 GOVERNMENT INFORMATION ACCESS.
Subdivision 1. Duties.
The office, in consultation with interested persons, shall:
(1) coordinate statewide efforts by units of state and local government to plan for and
develop a system for providing access to government services;
(2) make recommendations to facilitate coordination and assistance of demonstration
(3) explore ways and means to improve citizen and business access to public services,
including implementation of technological improvements.
Subd. 2. Approval of state agency initiatives.
A state agency shall coordinate with the
office when implementing a new initiative for providing electronic access to state government
Subd. 3. Capital investment.
No state agency may propose or implement a capital
investment plan for a state office building unless:
(1) the agency has developed a plan for increasing telecommuting by employees who would
normally work in the building, or the agency has prepared a statement describing why such a
plan is not practicable; and
(2) the plan or statement has been reviewed by the office.
History: 1997 c 202 art 3 s 11
16E.055 ELECTRONIC GOVERNMENT SERVICES.
A state agency that implements electronic government services for fees, licenses, sales, or
other purposes must use the single entry site created by the chief information officer for all
agencies to use for electronic government services.
History: 1Sp2001 c 10 art 2 s 47; 2005 c 156 art 5 s 16
16E.06 DATA PRIVACY.
The following data submitted to the office by businesses are private data on individuals or
nonpublic data: financial statements, business plans, income and expense projections, customer
lists, and market and feasibility studies not paid for with public funds.
History: 1997 c 202 art 3 s 12
16E.07 NORTH STAR.
Subdivision 1. Definitions.
(a) The definitions in this subdivision apply to this section.
(b) Core services. "Core services" means information system applications required to
provide secure information services and online applications and content to the public from
government units. Online applications may include, but are not limited to:
(1) standardized public directory services and standardized content services;
(2) online search systems;
(3) general technical services to support government unit online services;
(4) electronic conferencing and communication services;
(5) secure electronic transaction services;
(6) digital audio, video, and multimedia services; and
(7) government intranet content and service development.
(c) Government unit. "Government unit" means a state department, agency, commission,
council, board, task force, or committee; a constitutional office; a court entity; the Minnesota
State Colleges and Universities; a county, statutory or home rule charter city, or town; a school
district; a special district; or any other board, commission, district, or authority created under law,
local ordinance, or charter provision.
Subd. 2. Established.
The office shall establish "North Star" as the state's comprehensive
government online information service. North Star is the state's governmental framework for
coordinating and collaborating in providing online government information and services.
Government agencies that provide electronic access to government information are requested to
make available to North Star their most frequently requested public data.
Subd. 3. Access to data.
The legislature determines that the greatest possible access to
certain government information and data is essential to allow citizens to participate fully in a
democratic system of government. Certain information and data, including, but not limited to the
following, must be provided free of charge or for a nominal cost associated with reproducing the
information or data:
(1) directories of government services and institutions, including an electronic version of the
guidebook to state agency services published by the commissioner of administration;
(2) legislative and rulemaking information, including an electronic version of the State
Register, public information newsletters, bill text and summaries, bill status information, rule
status information, meeting schedules, and the text of statutes and rules;
(3) Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions and general judicial information;
(4) opinions of the attorney general;
(5) Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board and election information;
(6) public budget information;
(7) local government documents, such as codes, ordinances, minutes, meeting schedules, and
other notices in the public interest;
(8) official documents, releases, speeches, and other public information issued by
government agencies; and
(9) the text of other government documents and publications that government agencies
determine are important to public understanding of government activities.
Subd. 4. Staff.
The chief information officer shall appoint the manager of the North Star
online information service and hire staff to carry out the responsibilities of the service.
Subd. 5. Participation; consultation; guidelines.
The North Star staff shall consult with
governmental and nongovernmental organizations to establish rules for participation in the North
Star service. Government units planning, developing, or providing publicly accessible online
services shall provide access through and collaborate with North Star and formally register
with the office. The University of Minnesota is requested to establish online connections and
collaborate with North Star. Units of the legislature shall make their services available through
North Star. Government units may be required to submit standardized directory and general
content for core services but are not required to purchase core services from North Star. North
Star shall promote broad public access to the sources of online information or services through
Subd. 6. Fees.
The office shall establish fees for technical and transaction services for
government units through North Star. Fees must be credited to the North Star account. The office
may not charge a fee for viewing or inspecting data made available through North Star or linked
facilities, unless specifically authorized by law.
Subd. 7. North Star account.
The North Star account is created in the special revenue
fund. The account consists of:
(1) grants received from nonstate entities;
(2) fees and charges collected by the office;
(3) gifts, donations, and bequests made to the office; and
(4) other money credited to the account by law.
Money in the account is appropriated to the office to be used to continue the development
of the North Star project.
Subd. 8. Secure transaction system.
The office shall plan and develop a secure transaction
system to support delivery of government services electronically. A state agency that implements
electronic government services for fees, licenses, sales, or other purposes must use the secure
transaction system developed in accordance with this section.
Subd. 9. Aggregation of service demand.
The office shall identify opportunities to aggregate
demand for technical services required by government units for online activities and may contract
with governmental or nongovernmental entities to provide services. These contracts are not
subject to the requirements of chapters 16B and 16C, except sections
Subd. 10. Outreach.
The office may promote the availability of government online
information and services through public outreach and education. Public network expansion in
communities through libraries, schools, colleges, local government, and other community access
points must include access to North Star. North Star may make materials available to those
public sites to promote awareness of the service.
Subd. 11. Advanced development collaboration.
The office shall identify information
technology services with broad public impact and advanced development requirements. Those
services shall assist in the development of and utilization of core services to the greatest extent
possible where appropriate, cost-effective, and technically feasible. This includes, but is not
limited to, higher education, statewide online library, economic and community development,
and K-12 educational technology services. North Star shall participate in electronic commerce
research and development initiatives with the University of Minnesota and other partners. The
statewide online library service shall consult, collaborate, and work with North Star to ensure
development of proposals for advanced government information locator and electronic depository
and archive systems.
History: 1997 c 202 art 2 s 63; art 3 s 13; 1998 c 366 s 46; 1998 c 386 art 2 s 15; 1999 c
250 art 1 s 114; 1Sp2003 c 1 art 2 s 59; 2005 c 156 art 5 s 17,23
16E.14 ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY REVOLVING FUND.
Subdivision 1. Creation.
The enterprise technology revolving fund is created in the state
Subd. 2. Appropriation and uses of fund.
Money in the enterprise technology revolving
fund is appropriated annually to the chief information officer to operate information and
telecommunications services, including management, consultation, and design services.
Subd. 3. Reimbursements.
Except as specifically provided otherwise by law, each agency
shall reimburse the enterprise technology revolving fund for the cost of all services, supplies,
materials, labor, and depreciation of equipment, including reasonable overhead costs, which the
chief information officer is authorized and directed to furnish an agency. The chief information
officer shall report the rates to be charged for the revolving fund no later than July 1 each year to
the chair of the committee or division in the senate and house of representatives with primary
jurisdiction over the budget of the Office of Enterprise Technology.
Subd. 4. Cash flow.
The commissioner of finance shall make appropriate transfers to the
revolving fund when requested by the chief information officer. The chief information officer
may make allotments and encumbrances in anticipation of such transfers. In addition, the chief
information officer, with the approval of the commissioner of finance, may require an agency
to make advance payments to the revolving fund sufficient to cover the office's estimated
obligation for a period of at least 60 days. All reimbursements and other money received by
the chief information officer under this section must be deposited in the enterprise technology
Subd. 5. Liquidation.
If the enterprise technology revolving fund is abolished or liquidated,
the total net profit from the operation of the fund must be distributed to the various funds from
which purchases were made. The amount to be distributed to each fund must bear to the net
profit the same ratio as the total purchases from each fund bears to the total purchases from
all the funds during the same period of time.
History: 2005 c 156 art 5 s 18
16E.15 SOFTWARE SALES.
Subdivision 1. Authorization.
The chief information officer may sell or license computer
software products or services developed by state agencies or custom developed by a vendor,
through whatever sales method the chief information officer considers appropriate. Prices for the
software products or services may be based on market considerations.
Subd. 2. Software sale fund.
(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (c), proceeds of
the sale or licensing of software products or services by the chief information officer must be
credited to the intertechnologies revolving fund. If a state agency other than the Department
of Administration has contributed to the development of software sold or licensed under this
section, the chief information officer may reimburse the agency by discounting computer services
provided to that agency.
(b) Proceeds of the sale or licensing of software products or services developed by the
Pollution Control Agency, or custom developed by a vendor for the agency, must be credited
to the environmental fund.
(c) Proceeds of the sale or licensing of software products or services developed by the
Department of Education, or custom developed by a vendor for the agency, to support the
achieved savings assessment program, must be appropriated to the commissioner of education
and credited to the weatherization program to support weatherization activities.
History: 1987 c 365 s 12; 1990 c 506 art 2 s 12; 1991 c 199 art 1 s 6; 1995 c 220 s 27;
1999 c 205 art 4 s 1; 2003 c 130 s 12; 2005 c 156 art 5 s 23
16E.16 MODIFICATION OF OPERATING AND MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES.
When improved program effectiveness, better use of services, and greater efficiency and
economy in state government can be demonstrated, the chief information officer with the approval
of the governor may require a state agency to adjust its operating and management procedures to
take advantage of improved systems, procedures, and methods resulting from systems analysis
and information science technology.
History: 1984 c 544 s 49; 2005 c 156 art 5 s 23
16E.17 TELECOMMUNICATION; POWERS.
The chief information officer shall supervise and control all state telecommunication facilities
and services, including any transmission, emission, or reception of signs, signals, writing, images,
and sounds or intelligence of any nature by wire, radio, optical, or other electromagnetic systems.
Nothing in this section or section
modifies, amends, or abridges any powers and duties
presently vested in or imposed upon the commissioner of transportation or the commissioner of
public safety relating to telecommunications facilities or the commissioner of transportation
relating only to radio air navigation facilities or other air navigation facilities.
History: 1984 c 544 s 51; 1999 c 250 art 1 s 60; 2005 c 156 art 5 s 23
16E.18 STATE INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE.
Subdivision 1. Policy.
(a) The state through its departments and agencies shall seek ways to
meet its telecommunications needs in a manner that will help to promote investment and growth
of the private sector information infrastructure throughout the state.
(b) The chief information officer shall ensure that telecommunications services are acquired
in a manner that:
(1) promotes the availability of technologies with statewide high-speed or advanced
telecommunications capability for both public and private customers in a reasonable and timely
(2) enables the cost-effective provision of telecommunications services to the entities
identified in this section;
(3) uses standards-based open, interoperable networks to the extent practicable;
(4) promotes fair and open competition in the delivery of telecommunications services;
(5) allows effective state information infrastructure network management, responsiveness,
and fault protection;
(6) provides networkwide security and confidentiality as appropriate for promoting public
safety, health, and welfare; and
(7) meets performance standards that are reasonable and necessary.
(c) The state may purchase, own, or lease customer premises equipment. Customer premises
equipment consists of terminal and associated equipment and inside wire located at an end user's
premises and connected with communication channels at the point established in a building or a
complex to separate customer equipment from the network. Customer premises equipment also
includes, but is not limited to, communications devices eligible for distribution to communications
impaired persons under section
237.51, subdivision 1
(d) This section does not prohibit the chief information officer or other governmental entity
from owning, leasing, operating, and staffing a network operation center that allows the chief
information officer to test, troubleshoot, and maintain network operations.
Subd. 2. Creation.
Except as provided in subdivision 4, the chief information officer,
through the state information infrastructure, shall arrange for the provision of voice, data, video,
and other telecommunications transmission services to state agencies. The state information
infrastructure may also serve educational institutions, including public schools as defined in
120A.05, subdivisions 9, 11, 13, and 17
, nonpublic, church or religious organization
schools that provide instruction in compliance with sections
private colleges; public corporations; Indian tribal governments; state political subdivisions; and
public noncommercial educational television broadcast stations as defined in section
. It is not a telephone company for purposes of chapter 237. The chief information
officer may purchase, own, or lease any telecommunications network facilities or equipment
after first seeking bids or proposals and having determined that the private sector cannot, will
not, or is unable to provide these services, facilities, or equipment as bid or proposed in a
reasonable or timely fashion consistent with policy set forth in this section. The chief information
officer shall not resell or sublease any services or facilities to nonpublic entities except to
serve private schools and colleges. The chief information officer has the responsibility for
planning, development, and operations of the state information infrastructure in order to provide
cost-effective telecommunications transmission services to state information infrastructure users
consistent with the policy set forth in this section.
Subd. 3. Duties.
(a) The chief information officer shall:
(1) arrange for voice, data, video, and other telecommunications transmission services to the
state and to political subdivisions through an account in the intertechnologies revolving fund;
(2) manage vendor relationships, network function, and capacity planning in order to be
responsive to the needs of the state information infrastructure users;
(3) set rates and fees for services;
(4) approve contracts for services, facilities, or equipment relating to the system;
(5) develop a system plan and the annual program and fiscal plans for the system; and
(6) in consultation with the commissioner of education in regard to schools, assist state
agencies, political subdivisions of the state, and higher education institutions, including private
colleges and public and private schools, to identify their telecommunication needs, and develop
plans for interoperability of the network consistent with the policies in subdivision 1, paragraphs
(a) and (b). When requested, the chief information officer may also assist in identifying,
purchasing, or leasing their customer premises equipment.
(b) The chief information officer may purchase, own, or lease any telecommunications
network facilities or equipment after first seeking bids or proposals and having determined that the
private sector cannot, will not, or is unable to provide these services, facilities, or equipment as bid
or proposed in a reasonable and timely fashion consistent with the policy set forth in this section.
Subd. 4. Program participation.
The chief information officer may require the participation
of state agencies and the commissioner of education, and may request the participation of the
Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota and the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota
State Colleges and Universities, in the planning and implementation of the network to provide
interconnective technologies. The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and
Universities may opt out of participation as a subscriber on the network, in whole or in part, if
the board is able to secure telecommunications services from another source that ensures it will
achieve the policy objectives set forth in subdivision 1.
Subd. 5. Alternative aggregation.
The chief information officer may, but is not required
to, approve community-based aggregation of demand for telecommunications services for
state agencies, including Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. To be considered a
community-based aggregation project:
(1) the project must aggregate telecommunications demands of state agencies with that of the
private sector in a community or a group of communities in a geographic region to the extent
permitted by law; and
(2) the aggregation must result in telecommunications infrastructure improvements that
ensure the policy set forth in subdivision 1, paragraphs (a) and (b).
Subd. 6. Rates.
(a) The chief information officer shall establish reimbursement rates in
cooperation with the commissioner of finance to be billed to participating agencies and educational
institutions sufficient to cover the operating, maintenance, and administrative costs of the system.
(b) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision 4, a direct appropriation made to an
educational institution for usage costs associated with the state information infrastructure must
only be used by the educational institution for payment of usage costs of the network as billed by
the chief information officer.
Subd. 7. Appropriation.
Money appropriated for the state information infrastructure and
fees for telecommunications services must be deposited in an account in the intertechnologies
fund. Money in the account is appropriated annually to the chief information officer to carry out
the purposes of this section.
Subd. 8. Exemption.
The system is exempt from the five-year limitation on contracts set by
16C.05, subdivision 2
, paragraph (b),
16C.08, subdivision 3
, clause (5), and
History: 1989 c 246 s 2; 1989 c 335 art 1 s 64; 1990 c 594 art 1 s 47; 1991 c 345 art 1 s
64; 1992 c 514 s 10-12; 1994 c 634 art 1 s 8,9; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 12 s 1; 1996 c 398 s 15; 1997
c 202 art 3 s 4; 1998 c 359 s 9; 1998 c 386 art 2 s 14; 1998 c 397 art 11 s 3; 1998 c 398 art 5
s 55; 1999 c 86 art 1 s 10; 1999 c 214 art 2 s 1; 1999 c 250 art 1 s 61; 2001 c 162 s 5; 2003
c 130 s 12; 1Sp2003 c 1 art 2 s 41,42; 2005 c 156 art 5 s 23
16E.19 ADMINISTRATION OF STATE COMPUTER FACILITIES.
Subdivision 1. Chief information officer's responsibility.
The chief information officer
shall integrate and operate the state's centralized computer facilities to serve the needs of state
government. The chief information officer shall provide technical assistance to state agencies in
the design, development, and operation of their computer systems.
Subd. 2. Joint actions.
The chief information officer may, within available funding, join with
the federal government, other states, local governments, and organizations representing those
groups either jointly or severally in the development and implementation of systems analysis,
information services, and computerization projects.
History: 1997 c 202 art 3 s 5; 2005 c 156 art 5 s 23
16E.20 ELECTRONIC CONDUCT OF STATE BUSINESS.
The chief information officer shall develop and implement a system under which:
(1) state business can be conducted and permits or licenses obtained through electronic
communication with the appropriate state agencies; and
(2) applications for grants can be made electronically to state agencies when feasible.
History: 1994 c 559 s 2; 1997 c 202 art 3 s 6; 2000 c 332 s 2; 2005 c 156 art 5 s 23
16E.21 INFORMATION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACCOUNT.
Subdivision 1. Account established; appropriation.
The information and
telecommunications technology systems and services account is created in the special revenue
fund. Receipts credited to the account are appropriated to the Office of Enterprise Technology
for the purpose of defraying the costs of personnel and technology for activities that create
government efficiencies in accordance with this chapter.
Subd. 2. Charges.
Upon agreement of the participating agency, the Office of Enterprise
Technology may collect a charge for purchases of information and telecommunications
technology systems and services by state agencies and other governmental entities through state
contracts for purposes described in subdivision 1. Charges collected under this section must be
credited to the information and telecommunications technology systems and services account.
History: 2006 c 282 art 14 s 9