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Rosselló reestablishes Chief Information Officer

By on January 24, 2017

SAN JUAN — Gov. Ricardo Rosselló signed two new executive orders Tuesday to reestablish the role of chief information officer (CIO) and to create the Puerto Rico Innovation & Technology Service (Prits).

While the CIO’s Office will integrate and speed up the government’s information and communication systems, Prits will be in charge of developing tech projects and will be part of the Governor’s Office, La Fortaleza said in a press release.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares. (Carlos Giusti/AP)

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares. (Carlos Giusti/AP)

The governor said that the CIO “will be in charge of advancing our government’s technological and information agenda so you, the citizens and everyone, have access to information….”

The executive order establishes that the CIO’s Office must create a “Strategic Plan of Government Technology and Information” that presents a strategy for the government’s use of information and communication technologies. According to the governor, the CIO will oversee that these processes “are adjusted to state-of-the-art technologies.”

The CIO-designate, Luis Arocho, must present periodical reports on the process related to the strategic plan, which ought to include metrics, results and recommendations, among other elements.

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Meanwhile, Rosselló’s administration urged the Fiscal Oversight & Management Board to recruit talent at the federal level who can be part of Prits. The government will hire “capable, talented people from different tech areas.”

The Prits office will aim to create a digital platform so the government’s different components can communicate with each other; implement accountability systems; and embark the Upgradepr.gov project. The latter is focused on improving the government’s main website, La Fortaleza explained.

Regarding the Treasury Department, Prits proposes to establish an integrated system with all the government’s revenue collections, along with other projects aimed toward improving the capture rate and the remittance of the sales and use tax (IVU by its Spanish acronym), particularly in transactions made with debit or credit cards.

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In general terms, Prits’ functions revolve around granting services to any public entity that helps integrate technology in government management, and offering public services. It will also promote the development of projects financed along with the private sector, academia and the government, the release says.

As to the CIO, Arocho must advise the governor in the creation and implementation of public policy regarding the use of information and communication technologies to reduce redundancy as well as assuring that services are effective and efficient.

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