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Governing Statutes

The enabling statute for the former Department of Information & Innovation was 3 V.S.A. § 2283b, now superseded by Executive Order 06-17.   Under  3 V.S.A. § 2222(a)(10), 'information technology" is defined as:

(A) the creation, collection, processing, storage, management, transmission, or conversion of electronic data, documents, or records;
(B) the design, construction, purchase, installation, maintenance, or operation of systems, including hardware, software, and services which perform or are contracted under Administrative Bulletin 3.5 to perform these activities.

By statute, 22 V.S.A. § 901, the Agency of Digital Services is responsible to carry out a variety of oversight duties depending on dollar thresholds.  ADS is required to review and approve IT activities that exceed $500,000 in cost.   ADS is also responsible for performing an independent review for IT expenditures exceeding $1 million.  Additionally, ADS is responsible for for developing a budget and strategic plan for IT activities that exceed $500,000. Each year, the Agency of Digital Services is responsible for producing an annual technology report, pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 315.  The scope of the annual report covers new and on-going projects with estimated total life-cycle costs that exceed $1,000,000.00.

The Agency of Digital Services also works with the Department of Public Service to fulfill the State of Vermont's telecommunications planning and execution.  In partnership with the Department of Public Service, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Agency of Transportation, the Agency of Digital Services contributes to the ten-year Telecommunications Plan. 30 V.S.A. § 202d.   The Agency of Digital Services also remains responsible for telecommunications assets under 30 V.S.A. § 227b.