EXECUTIVE ORDER D-57-02


WHEREAS, information technology is an indispensable tool of modern state government; and

WHEREAS, the State of California invests billions of dollars to procure, manage and maintain information technology and services; and

WHEREAS, the acquisition of state-of-the art information technology and services meeting the unique needs of State government requires carefully developed procurement procedures; and

WHEREAS, California is committed to contracting and procurement procedures of the highest integrity that provide maximum return on the State taxpayers' investment in information technology; and

WHEREAS, California is committed to the effective management of the State's information technology; and

WHEREAS, statutory authorization for the Department of Information Technology ends July 1, 2002;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GRAY DAVIS, Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, do hereby issue this Executive Order to become effective immediately:

IT IS ORDERED that John Clark Kelso, Interim Director of the Department of Information Technology, shall undertake an information technology management initiative to assess how best to reorganize the procurement, management and operation of California's information technology systems. Director Kelso shall consult representatives from the Teale Data Center, the Health and Human Services Agency Data Center, the Department of Justice's Hawkins Data Center Bureau and the Departments of General Services and Finance. Director Kelso may also consult with Members of the Legislature, other State and local governmental agencies, and experts from academia and the private sector.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Director Kelso shall develop a proposal for the procurement, management and operation of the State's information technology systems. In formulating his proposal, Director Kelso shall be guided by, at least, the following principles.

There shall be:

  • a clear assignment of responsibility for the procurement, management and operation of the State's information technology systems;
  • clear accountability for the procurement, management and operation of the State's information technology systems;
  • full and fair opportunity for appropriate public input into decisions related to these matters;
  • full and fair opportunity for competition among vendors of information technology systems;
  • clear ethical standards for those individuals who procure, manage and operate the State's information technology products and services;
  • an appropriate needs assessment and fiscal analysis prior to the procurement of new information technology systems;
  • a commitment to obtaining quality systems that meet the needs of the State at the lowest possible price.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Director shall submit a preliminary report to me by July 1, 2002.

All State entities under the Governor's jurisdiction shall cooperate fully with the Director and provide assistance as needed to implement this Executive Order. All other State agencies are encouraged to assist the Director as requested to comply with the Executive Order.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this order shall be filed with the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given to this order.