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newsandviews Connecticut Moves to Modernize Technology By P.J. Cimini Capitol Strategies Group, LLC 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 the state. Malloy began by launching a complete redesign of the state's website - - 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 is compromised. 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. CONNstruction / FALL 2015 / 11

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
Index to Advertisers/

CONNstruction - Fall 2015