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Connecticut Moves to
By P.J. Cimini
Increased reliability, functionality and access are
the goals for the state of Connecticut as Gov. Malloy
continues the push to modernize technology functions
of state government. Since his election in 2010, Malloy
has understood the importance of setting into motion
upgrade plans that would positively impact the general
public and the construction industry's interaction with
Malloy began by launching a complete redesign of the
state's website - www.ct.gov - with a new layout and new
features that will ultimately increase usability, customer
service, transparency and ease of access. The new website, which is live, is part of a major modernization process
for the state's online presence. The new site is set to
improve the experience and needs of businesses in the
construction industry and can be accessed by computers, tablets and mobile devices. It was designed with the
goal of increasing the ease of access while eliminating
navigation through multiple layers and pages in individual
state agencies' sites, making the most frequently visited
and popular features readily available.
Gov. Malloy also made launching a business portal
a top priority of his administration while consolidating
the various business-related sites provided by separate state agencies. The plan is to modify each state
agency's website by creating new interactive services
on the state's portal.
The website modernization is occurring under a selffunded plan that allows the portal to be developed and
operated without tax dollars with funding coming from
modest efficiency fees.
Connecticut has also recently overhauled its entire
regulatory process and an electronic system is being
implemented to create, update and share regulations.
Final regulations and updates will now be published
online. The change was pushed by the governor as part
of an e-regulation initiative and will be overseen by the
offices of the Secretary of State and the Connecticut
Department of Administrative Services.
To further help modernize Connecticut government,
two recent initiatives were added. First, the state has
created a new agency focused on facilitating efforts
to bring widespread ultra-high-speed Internet to all of
Connecticut. The Connecticut State Broadband Office
will be a division of the Office of Consumer Counsel
and was created as a result of the passage of Public
Act 15-5 by the Connecticut General Assembly during
this year's legislative session. Many rural communities
in Connecticut do not have access to ultra-high-speed
Internet service because of the costs associated with
providing that service.
Second, Public Act 15-142 will require new data
breach security terms and conditions in every state
contract dealing with confidential information shared
by a state contracting agency. The new law will require
companies doing business in Connecticut to provide identity theft protection services for 12 months
at no cost to a resident whose personal information
At least 32 states in 2015 introduced or are considering
security breach notification bills that will require reporting
to a state agency or attorney general and that expand
the definition of personal information.
Plus, enduring a week's shut-down, the Connecticut
Department of Motor Vehicles will implement a new
computer system under a $25-million project that's been
in the works for the better part of a decade.
Also, under the technology upgrade project an
improved 9-1-1 system for all of the state's 104 public
service answering points is scheduled for a changeover.
Both of these much-needed new systems, the DMV
and 9-1-1, will provide increased reliability and functionality for Connecticut citizens as current systems
have become obsolete and repair parts are increasingly
difficult to find.
As an industry, we should welcome the move to
a modernized state government with technological
upgrades that enhance interaction, access and functionality.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Fall 2015
Striking the Right Technological Balance
Eyes Over the Project: Drones in Construction
Connecticut Moves to Modernize Technology
Technology Drives Lean, Adds Value to Projects
Machine-Controlled Equipment Improves Jobsite Performance
Secure Your Data
Intelligent Communication in Transportation
Is Your Construction Software Technology Up to Speed?
Young Contractors Forum Summer Membership Meeting and Young Contractors Forum Annual Charity Golf Outing
AGC of Connecticut Annual Golf Outing
Press Conference and 2015 CCIA Ethics and Compliance Summit
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CONNstruction - Fall 2015