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September 2020

FY2021 IT Plan

The FY2020 IT Plan is now available. You can see it here. In accordance with UCA 63F-1-204, each executive branch agency must submit an agency information technology plan to the chief information officer on an annual basis. The IT Plan helps DTS plan resources for the upcoming year, based on agency needs. DTS analyzes the IT Plan to determine the impact to costs, operations, and services provided. DTS also uses the IT Plan to ensure compliance with the State’s overall IT strategy and potential areas for coordination among agencies.

Post Updated: September 23, 2020
Posted On: September 10, 2020

Updated Acquisition of Information Technology Administrative Rule

DTS has recently updated Administrative Rule R895-5 Acquisition of Information Technology. You can see it here. The change is in the definition of small technology purchase: 

“Small technology purchases” means a purchase, lease, or rental of hardware, software, and/or technology services that is estimated to be less than $250,000.

The dollar amount was changed from $50,000 to $250,000. This will allow agencies to only complete business cases for purchases of $250,000 or greater. 

Post Updated: September 10, 2020
Posted On: September 10, 2020

Master License Agreement Overview

A new Master License Agreement Overview has been published here. A master license agreement (MLA) is an agreement between the State of Utah (i.e., the Department of Technology Services [DTS]) and a software vendor to purchase server and PC desktop software at large discounts. State of Utah executive branch agencies can use this type of agreement to purchase software at a discounted rate. The DTS Purchasing Team submits requests for this software via the DTS purchasing system.

Post Updated: September 10, 2020
Posted On: September 10, 2020

2019 Awards for Excellence

Each year we ask DTS employees to nominate their peers to be recognized for the Governor’s and DTS Awards for Excellence. It’s our chance to recognize some of the great efforts of DTS employees. Here are the winners for this year:

Governor’s Award: DABC Rare High Demand Product Project Team

DABC and DTS worked together to identify a process and write an application allowing interested consumers to enter online “drawings” for rare products sold by DABC. After a certain time, the drawings close, people are selected and notified, the product is sent to the store of their choosing, and the customer shows up at the store to buy the product. To coordinate this effort, DTS and DABC worked together to produce a solution that has met the customer need.

  • Craig Madsen
  • Bri Lifferth 
  • Will Swanepoel 
  • Dave Gailey
  • Donny Ford

DTS Award: Cost Savings Team

This year, in order to help facilitate the DTS one team environment, the nomination is for a cross section of DTS employees that are part of the incredible cost savingsThese employees have put in hard work to save the State millions which then saves State Agencies and ultimately the taxpayer, over $10 million in new savings.

  • Darrus McBride
  • Sam Albernoz
  • Phil Bates
  • Kent Godfrey
  • LarsenLaura 
  • Jon Behrmann
  • Todd Barry
  • Brett Shaw
  • Corona Ngatuvai

DTS Award: Cloud Architecture Team

Each of the team members are technical leads in their respective disciplines but in order to execute the shared vision of designing and implementing a cloud architecture that can serve a wide array of needs, be repeatable, scaleable and supportable they all stepped up to the challenge of being leaders in our organization. They broke through perceived and real barriers within DTS to work collectively on not only cloud architecture solutions but work processes that incorporate each group’s needs and perspectives whether hosting, networking or software development.

  • Justin Rasmussen
  • Keaton Walker
  • Jonathan Foster
  • Robert Ryan 
  • Doug Burgin
  • Austin VanDyke
  • Casey Wardle
  • Austin Haws
  • Joseph Sharp
  • Jeff Bartholomew
  • Randy Spainhower
  • Mike Tyrell
  • Sean McMillan

DTS Award: DWS Unemployment Insurance Imaging System

In 2019 the Department of Technology Services (DTS), working in conjunction with the Department of Workforce Services (DWS), modernized their imaging system for the Unemployment Insurance Division (UI). This 6-month project (designed and developed 100% in-house) greatly improves efficiencies and productivity by automating the delivery of images to the Unemployment Insurance tax system (CATS) and the Unemployment Insurance benefits system (CUBS).

  • Wes Miles
  • Martha Borden
  • Robert Love
  • Bret Baker
  • Brandon Woolsey

Congratulations! 

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Post Updated: September 10, 2020
Posted On: September 10, 2020

Submit Applications for the Innovation Fund

In accordance with UCA 63F-4, the Department of Technology Services is now accepting proposals to implement a new information technology innovation designed to result in a greater efficiency in a government process or a cost saving in the delivery of a government service. Proposals must be for a new technology not previously in use or a substantial adaptation or modification of an existing technology.

DTS has $150,000 available in Fiscal Year 2021 for innovation projects. 

See more information here. 

Post Updated: September 10, 2020
Posted On: September 10, 2020

DTS Rate Committee Meeting is September 21

The DTS Rate Committee is meeting September 21 at 2:00pm. You can see more information here. DTS will present the proposed FY2022 rates for the committee’s discussion and approval. 

Post Updated: September 10, 2020
Posted On: September 10, 2020

Updated High Speed Laser Print Product Description

DTS has recently updated the High Speed Laser Print Product Description. You can see it here. DTS Printing Services provides high-volume network and mainframe laser printing in black and white print. Printing requests may be made through the Web any time, day or night, as long as the customer has an established account.

Post Updated: September 10, 2020
Posted On: September 10, 2020

NASCIO Annual Conference

Registration is live for the 2020 NASCIO Annual Conference. Click here to get to the registration page or visit www.nascio.org and the link to registration is on the home page. Registration is free for state employees. 

Post Updated: September 10, 2020
Posted On: September 10, 2020