Governor Signs Senate Bill 850, Expands CIO’s Authority to Initiate Third-Party Review of IT Projects

Posted on Jun 19, 2017 in Featured, News, Press Release
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Legislators and representatives of the Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) joined the governor to mark the signing of Senate Bill 850 (now Act 37). From left are: ETS Chief Information Security Officer Vincent Hoang, Rep. Jarrett Keohokalole, Gov. David Y. Ige, Sen. Jill Tokuda (sponsor of the bill), ETS IT Service Operations Officer Michael Otsuji, ETS IT Governance Officer Todd Omura, and state Chief Information Officer Todd Nacapuy.

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige today signed legislation that strengthens governance and third-party review of large information technology (IT) projects throughout the entire executive branch to ensure success.

Senate Bill 850 HD2 CD1, Relating to Information Technology (now Act 37), requires departments to conduct independent verification and validation (IV&V) for IT projects that meet designated cost and complexity thresholds set by the state chief information officer (CIO). This includes the Department of Education and University of Hawaii, which by constitutional provisions and administrative directives are not traditionally within the CIO’s oversight.

“I would like to thank the Legislature for recognizing that it takes a proactive approach to achieve successful development and implementation of highly technical IT projects,” said CIO Todd Nacapuy. “Bill provisions augment governance processes put in place by the Office of Enterprise Technology Services to review, monitor and, if needed, guide IT projects from initial planning, budgeting and procurement, to development and final completion. 

“All departments will benefit from consistent IV&V guidance and standards. The ultimate goal is a positive return on investment toward a more effective, efficient and open government.”

The act goes into effect July 1, 2017.

As CIO for the State of Hawaii, Nacapuy leads the Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS), which provides governance for executive branch IT projects and seeks to identify, prioritize and advance innovative initiatives with the greatest potential to increase efficiency, reduce waste, and improve transparency and accountability in state government. ETS also supports the management and operation of all state agencies by providing effective, efficient, coordinated and cost-beneficial computer and telecommunication services such that state program objectives may be achieved. For more information, visit

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Office of Enterprise Technology Services
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