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West Virginia Information Technology Council
A EXECUTIVE BRANCH, OFFICE OF GOVERNOR
CHARLESTON
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 3-96
By the Governor 



WHEREAS, modern information systems and telecommunications technology enable an unprecedented communication or distribution of substantial information tbroughout the state, nation and, in fact, the world; and 

WHEREAS, use of information systems and telecommunications technology by the State of West Virginia would enhance the state's competitiveness in its economic development efforts especially as the technology-driven twenty-first century approaches; and 

WHEREAS, the state's use of information systems and telecommunications technology would improve state, county and local agencies' delivery of services to the citizens and businesses of the State of West Virginia; and 

WHEREAS, access to the information obtained through the state's use of information systems and telecommunications technology would benefit citizens of the state and businesses situated within the state; and 

WHEREAS, collaboration between public agencies and the private sector would enable the most beneficial and most effective communication and collection of information through use of information systems and telecommunications technology; and 

WHEREAS, a detailed strategy is required to ensure (a) the necessary and most effective development and use of information systems and telecommunications technology, (b) the desired access to the systems and the technology, and (c) the required collaboration of various agencies and private citizens or industry; and 

WHEREAS, the administation of this significant effort would be greatly assisted by counsel and advice from representatives of state branches and agencies of government that would us the state's information systems or telecommunications technology, that would be affected or benefitted by this use, or that represent or interact with the various private or public entities who would use or be affected or benefitted bv such use. 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GASTON CAPERTON, by virtue of the authority vested in me as the Governor of the State of West Virginia, do hereby order as follows: 

1. The Information Technology Council (the `Council") shall be, and hereby is, created. 

2. The ex officio members of the Council shall be the governor's chief of operations or other designated representative, the Director of the Division of Information Services and Communications, and the chief information officer from each of the Department of Administation, the Department of the Education and Arts, the Department of Health and Human Resources, the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, the Department of Tax and Revenue, the Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Employment Programs, and the Bureau of Environment.

3. The chief information officer for each of the following entities are also invited to be ex officio members of the Council and shall be, upon acceptance of the invitation, afforded all the privileges of membership on the Council: The Department of Education, the Department of Agriculture, the Office of the Secretary of State, the Office of Treasurer, the Office of the Auditor, the Office of the Attorney General, and the West Virginia Legislature. 

4. The Council may also invite to be a member any entity whose representation the Council determines would enhance the Council's advice and counsel regarding the administration of the State's use of information systems and telecommunications technology.

5. Chair for the Council shall be selected for a term of one year by a majority vote of the members of the Council present at a meeting at a meeting of the Council. Upon the expiration of a term, a successor Chair shall be identically chosen and a person may serve as the elected Chair for successive terms. 

6. The Chair shall call and preside over meetings of the Council to be held, at least, once every calendar month. 

7. The Council shall develop, and shall assist the governor of the State in the Implementation of, a "Technology Master Plan" for the equipping of the state and its various branches and agencies with compatible networked state-of-the-art information systems and other telecommunications technology. 

8. The "Technology Master Plan" shall set forth the Council's advice and counsel for accomplishing the desired objectives by the state and its various branches and agencies in the use of information systems and telecommunications technology, including, but not limited to: 

(a) making information available to the general public about the policies, procedures and activities of the state and its various branches and agencies; 

(b) sharing health-related information between and among the state and its various branches and agencies and with the general public; 

(c) providing educational services to all segments of the general public and evaluating the quality of the services; 

(d) delivering more effectively health and social services to the citizens of the state and monitoring the quality of the services; 

(e) coordinating more effectively emergency responses to natural and other disasters; 

(f) developing one-stop business registration services; 

(g) monitoring more effectively compliance with tax, child support, licensing, and other regulatory or legal requirements; 

(h) promoting more effectively tourism and opportunities for economic development within the State of West Virginia, especially for small business and local industry;

(i) enhancing timely governmental and public communication on issues of statewide and local import;

(j) instituting a cooperative technological information network with private industry so that information can be shared with the state and the general public about industry standards affecting the state and its citizens; 

(k) providing general access to information about the state's natural resources, infrastructure, and geology; 

(l) establishing a compatible network of electronic communication throughout the state's government; and 

(m) increasing the access of the general public to the legislative process. 

9. The Council shall further: 

(a) advise, counsel and make recommendations to the Division of Information Services and Communications on the development and implementation of policies necessary to meet the objectives articulated in this order and in the Council's master plan; 

(b) communicate with state agencies and encourage the accessibility to, and the sharing of, information and other data between the agencies and further encourage the agencies' coordinated aggregation of telecommunication services; 

(c) advise and counsel state agencies in the recruitment, compensation and retention of information management professionals and in the identification of furthur technological skills and training required by the state agencies in their effective use of information systems and telecommunications technology; 

(d) advise and counsel on strategies for the contracting by state agencies, collectively, for the development of information systems; 

(e) advise and counsel state agencies on the collaboration by the agencies with the private sector in the development and use of telecommunications or other information systems; 

(f) prepare an annual report to the govemor outlining initiatives of the state agencies in the development and use of information systems and setting forth revisions to the Council's Master Technology Plan; and 

(g) continually review the Master Technology Plan for the purpose of evaluating progress toward fulfilling the plan and revising the plan as needed 

10. In addition to the responsibilities expressly set forth in this order, the Council shall have all additional responsibilities which are necessary to satisfy the overall purpose set forth in the recitals to this order.

11. The Office of the Governor shall provide the administrative support required by the Council in the performance of the responsibilities set forth in this order.

12. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately upon the date set forth below. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of West Virginia to be affixed. 

DONE at the Capitol in the City of Charleston,
State of West Virginia, on this Nineteenth day of June,
in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred Ninety-six,
and in the One Hundred Thirty-third year of the State. 

BY THE GOVERNOR


Ken Hechler
Secretary of State
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