Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Gov. Pierluisi Signs New Executive Orders

By on January 5, 2021

SAN JUAN — Gov. Pedro Pierluisi signed new executive orders on Monday seeking a technological integration between government agencies and greater access for citizens of important information

Executive Order 2021-07 decrees as public policy the acceleration of the government’s digitization and the development of interconnection and interoperability of technology systems.

“Technology and innovation are a top priority in this government. I recognize that, although there are key advances in digital government, each agency operates independently and this generates incompatibility and that they communicate with each other,” the governor said.

The order declares as public policy the development of the interoperability of government systems. The Puerto Rico Innovation & Technology Service (PRITS) is ordered to create a digital platform that allows the different areas of the government to communicate with each other and share information.

Meanwhile, Executive Order 2021-08 also orders PRITS to establish a Digital Identity Online Access System (IDEAL by its Spanish acronym) and the creation of a Citizen Information Portal (PIC by its Spanish initials).

“One of the commitments of this administration was to create a system that would consolidate the digitization of all documents and certifications held by the government so that it is the government who provides information to citizens or companies, and that citizens do not have to search or ask for documents that the government already possesses,” the governor added.

The PIC is intended to serve as a transparency mechanism for citizens in which information related to the services that the government offers, as well as specific details in cases of emergencies, will be published.

For example, the PIC will have information related to citizen education, reservoir capacity and levels, electric power generation capacity, faults, active and under-repair traffic lights, roads under repair, details of employment and unemployment, number of income tax forms received, and revenue collected and reimbursed, among others.