16.97(5m) (5m)“Executive branch agency" has the meaning given in s. 16.70 (4).
16.97(5p) (5p)“Form" means any written material, by whatever means printed, generated or reproduced, with blank spaces left for the entry of additional information to be used for the purpose of providing information, collecting information or requiring action in any transaction involving this state.
16.97(5s) (5s)“Forms management" means the system of providing forms to accomplish necessary operations efficiently and economically, including analysis and design of forms, improvement of methods of procurement, distribution and disposition of forms and improvement of methods to keep to a reasonable level the public's duty to report. “Forms management" includes the elimination of unnecessary forms and of unnecessary data collection and standardizing, consolidating and simplifying forms and related procedures.
16.97(6) (6)“Information technology" means the electronic processing, storage and transmission of information including data processing and telecommunications.
16.97(6m) (6m)“Information technology portfolio" means information technology systems, applications, infrastructure, and information resources and human resources devoted to developing and maintaining information technology systems.
16.97(7) (7)“Local governmental unit" means a political subdivision of this state, a special purpose district in this state, an instrumentality or corporation of such a political subdivision or special purpose district, a combination or subunit of any of the foregoing or an instrumentality of the state and any of the foregoing.
16.97(8) (8)“Personal computing" means utilizing a computer that is located at the same work station where the input or output of data is conducted.
16.97(8m) (8m)“Public contact form" means a form generated and used by any agency in transactions between the agency and a member of the public.
16.97(9) (9)“Supercomputer" means a special purpose computer that performs in a scientific environment and that is characterized by a very high processing speed and power.
16.97(10) (10)“Telecommunications" means all services and facilities capable of transmitting, switching, or receiving information in any form by wire, radio, or other electronic means.
16.97 History History: 2001 a. 16 ss. 346, 347, 348, 1027; Stats. 2001 s. 22.01; 2003 a. 33 ss. 232, 752 to 756; Stats. 2003 s. 16.97; 2015 a. 55.
16.971 16.971 Responsibilities of department.
16.971(2)(2)The department shall:
16.971(2)(a) (a) Ensure that an adequate level of information technology services is made available to all agencies by providing systems analysis and application programming services to augment agency resources, as requested. The department shall also ensure that executive branch agencies, other than the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System, make effective and efficient use of the information technology resources of the state. The department shall, in cooperation with agencies, establish policies, procedures and planning processes, for the administration of information technology services, which executive branch agencies shall follow. The policies, procedures and processes shall address the needs of agencies, other than the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System, to carry out their functions. The department shall monitor adherence to these policies, procedures and processes.
16.971(2)(ae) (ae) Except as provided in sub. (2m), review and approve, modify or reject all forms approved by a records and forms officer for jurisdiction, authority, standardization of design and nonduplication of existing forms. Unless the department rejects for cause or modifies the form within 20 working days after receipt, it is considered approved. The department's rejection of any form is appealable to the public records board. If the head of an agency certifies to the department that the form is needed on a temporary basis, approval by the department is not required.
16.971(2)(am) (am) Make as cost effective as possible the procurement and use of forms by agencies.
16.971(2)(ap) (ap) Prescribe a forms management program for agencies.
16.971(2)(b) (b) Develop and maintain information technology resource planning and budgeting techniques at all levels of state government.
16.971(2)(c) (c) Develop and maintain procedures to ensure information technology resource planning and sharing between executive branch agencies. The procedures shall ensure the interconnection of information technology resources of executive branch agencies, if interconnection is consistent with the strategic plans formulated under pars. (L) and (m).
16.971(2)(cf) (cf) Implement, operate, maintain, and upgrade an enterprise resource planning system capable of providing information technology services to all agencies in the areas of accounting, auditing, payroll and other financial services; procurement; human resources; and other administrative processes. The department may provide information technology services under this subsection to any executive branch agency under s. 16.70 (4). The department may also provide information technology services to any local governmental unit under this subsection.
16.971(2)(cm) (cm) Prescribe standards for data, application, and business process integration that shall be used by executive branch agencies, to the extent consistent with the statewide strategic plan formulated under par. (m), and that enable local governmental units to integrate their data, application, and business processes into state systems whenever feasible.
16.971(2)(d) (d) Develop review and approval procedures which encourage timely and cost-effective hardware, software, and professional services acquisitions, and review and approve the acquisition of such items and services under those procedures.
16.971(2)(e) (e) Collect, analyze and interpret, in cooperation with agencies, that data necessary to assist the information technology resource planning needs of the governor and legislature.
16.971(2)(f) (f) Provide advice and assistance during budget preparation concerning information technology resource plans and capabilities.
16.971(2)(g) (g) Ensure that management reviews of information technology organizations are conducted.
16.971(2)(h) (h) Gather, interpret and disseminate information on new technological developments, management techniques and information technology resource capabilities and their possible effect on current and future management plans to all interested parties.
16.971(2)(i) (i) Ensure that a level of information technology services are provided to all agencies that are equitable in regard to resource availability, cost and performance.
16.971(2)(j) (j) Ensure that all executive branch agencies develop and operate with clear guidelines and standards in the areas of information technology systems development and that they employ good management practices and cost-benefit justifications.
16.971(2)(k) (k) Ensure that all state data processing facilities develop proper privacy and security procedures and safeguards.
16.971(2)(L) (L) Require each executive branch agency, other than the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System, to adopt and submit to the department, in a form specified by the department, no later than March 1 of each year, a strategic plan for the utilization of information technology to carry out the functions of the agency in the succeeding fiscal year for review and approval under s. 16.976.
16.971(2)(Lg)1.1. Develop, in consultation with each executive branch agency, other than the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, and adopt the following written policies for information technology development projects included in the strategic plan required of each executive branch agency under par. (L) and that either exceed $1,000,000 or that are vital to the functions of the executive branch agency:
16.971(2)(Lg)1.a. a. A standardized reporting format.
16.971(2)(Lg)1.b. b. A requirement that both proposed and ongoing information technology development projects be included.
16.971(2)(Lg)2. 2. The department shall submit for review by the joint legislative audit committee and for approval by the joint committee on information policy and technology any proposed policies required under subd. 1. and any proposed revisions to the policies.
16.971(2)(Lm) (Lm) No later than 60 days after enactment of each biennial budget act, require each executive branch agency, other than the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System, that receives funding under that act for an information technology development project to file with the department an amendment to its strategic plan for the utilization of information technology under par. (L). The amendment shall identify each information technology development project for which funding is provided under that act and shall specify, in a form prescribed by the department, the benefits that the agency expects to realize from undertaking the project.
16.971(2)(m) (m) Assist in coordination and integration of the plans of executive branch agencies relating to information technology approved under par. (L) and, using these plans and the statewide long-range telecommunications plan under s. 16.979 (2) (a), formulate and revise biennially a consistent statewide strategic plan for the use and application of information technology. The department shall, no later than September 15 of each even-numbered year, submit the statewide strategic plan to the cochairpersons of the joint committee on information policy and technology and the governor.
16.971(2)(n) (n) Maintain an information technology resource center to provide appropriate technical assistance and training to small agencies.
16.971(2m) (2m)The following forms are not subject to review or approval by the department:
16.971(2m)(a) (a) Forms that must be completed by applicants for admission to an institution of the University of Wisconsin System or by students of such an institution who are applying for financial aid, including loans, or for a special course of study or who are adding or dropping courses, registering or withdrawing, establishing their residence or being identified or classified.
16.971(2m)(b) (b) Forms the use of which is required by federal law.
16.971(2m)(c) (c) Forms used by teachers to evaluate a student's academic performance.
16.971(2m)(d) (d) Forms used by hospitals and health care providers to bill or collect from patients and 3rd parties.
16.971(2m)(e) (e) Forms used by medical personnel in the treatment of patients.
16.971(2m)(f) (f) Forms used to collect data from research subjects in the course of research projects administered by the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System.
16.971(2m)(g) (g) Forms used by the department of corrections in the investigation or processing of persons either under the control or custody of the department or under investigation by a court.
16.971(2m)(gm) (gm) Forms relating to youth corrections used by the department of health services in the investigation or processing of persons either under the control or custody of the department or under investigation by a court.
16.971(2m)(h) (h) Forms that are not public contact forms.
16.971(3) (3)
16.971(3)(a)(a) The department shall notify the joint committee on finance in writing of the proposed acquisition of any information technology resource that the department considers major or that is likely to result in a substantive change of service, and that was not considered in the regular budgeting process and is to be financed from general purpose revenues or corresponding revenues in a segregated fund. If the cochairpersons of the committee do not notify the department that the committee has scheduled a meeting for the purpose of reviewing the proposed acquisition within 14 working days after the date of the department's notification, the department may approve acquisition of the resource. If, within 14 working days after the date of the department's notification, the cochairpersons of the committee notify the department that the committee has scheduled a meeting for the purpose of reviewing the proposed acquisition, the department shall not approve acquisition of the resource unless the acquisition is approved by the committee.
16.971(3)(b) (b) The department shall promptly notify the joint committee on finance in writing of the proposed acquisition of any information technology resource that the department considers major or that is likely to result in a substantive change in service, and that was not considered in the regular budgeting process and is to be financed from program revenues or corresponding revenues from program receipts in a segregated fund.
16.971(4) (4)
16.971(4)(a)(a) The department may license or authorize executive branch agencies to license computer programs developed by executive branch agencies to the federal government, other states and municipalities. Any agency other than an executive branch agency may license a computer program developed by that agency to the federal government, other states and municipalities.
16.971(4)(b) (b) Annual license fees may be established at not more than 25 percent of the program development cost and shall be credited to the agency which developed the program.
16.971(4)(c) (c) In this subsection:
16.971(4)(c)1. 1. “Computer programs" are the processes for the treatment and verbalization of data.
16.971(4)(c)2. 2. “Municipality" has the meaning designated in s. 66.0901 (1) (as).
16.971(6) (6)Notwithstanding sub. (2), the legislative reference bureau shall approve the specifications for preparation and schedule for delivery of computer databases containing the Wisconsin statutes.
16.971(9) (9)In conjunction with the public defender board, the director of state courts, the departments of corrections and justice and district attorneys, the department may maintain, promote and coordinate automated justice information systems that are compatible among counties and the officers and agencies specified in this subsection, using the moneys appropriated under s. 20.505 (1) (kh) and (kq). The department shall annually report to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2) concerning the department's efforts to improve and increase the efficiency of integration of justice information systems.
16.971(10) (10)The department shall maintain, and provide the department of justice with general access to, a case management system that allows district attorneys to manage all case-related information and share the information among prosecutors.
16.971(11) (11)The department may charge executive branch agencies for information technology development and management services provided to them by the department under this section.
16.971(13) (13)Provide juvenile correctional facilities, school districts, and cooperative educational service agencies with telecommunications access under s. 16.997 and contract with telecommunications providers to provide that access.
16.971(14) (14)Provide private colleges, technical college districts, public library boards, public library systems, and public museums with telecommunications access under s. 16.997 and contract with telecommunications providers to provide that access.
16.971(15) (15)Provide private schools and tribal schools, as defined in s. 115.001 (15m), with telecommunications access under s. 16.997 and contract with telecommunications providers to provide that access.
16.971(16) (16)Provide the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with telecommunications access under s. 16.997 and contract with telecommunications providers to provide that access.
16.971(17) (17)Provide educational agencies that are eligible for a rate discount on telecommunications services under 47 USC 254 with additional telecommunications access under s. 16.998 and contract with telecommunications providers to provide that access.
16.971 History History: 1971 c. 261; Stats. 1971 s. 16.96; Stats. 1971 s. 16.97; 1975 c. 39; 1977 c. 29; 1977 c. 196 s. 130 (3); 1979 c. 34, 221; 1981 c. 20; 1987 a. 142; 1989 a. 31; 1991 a. 39 ss. 180b, 192b; Stats. 1991 s. 16.971; 1993 a. 16; 1995 a. 27 ss. 324, 331, 408 to 423m, 9126 (19); 1995 a. 417; 1997 a. 27, 36; 1999 a. 9, 29, 32; 1999 a. 150 s. 672; 1999 a. 185, 186; 2001 a. 16 ss. 349 to 360; Stats. 2001 s. 22.03; 2001 a. 104; 2003 a. 33 ss. 234d to 238d, 757 to 767; Stats. 2003 s. 16.971; 2005 a. 25, 220, 344; 2007 a. 20 ss. 128c to 128m, 9121 (6) (a); 2009 a. 302; 2011 a. 32; 2013 a. 20, 323; 2017 a. 3, 59.
16.972 16.972 Powers of the department.
16.972(1)(1)In this section:
16.972(1)(ag) (ag) “Qualified museum" means a nonprofit or publicly owned museum that has an educational mission.
16.972(1)(b) (b) “Qualified postsecondary institution" means a regionally accredited 4-year nonprofit college or university having its regional headquarters and principal place of business in this state or a tribally controlled college located in this state.
16.972(1)(c) (c) “Qualified private school" means a private school, as defined in s. 115.001 (3r), operating elementary or high school grades.
16.972(1)(cm) (cm) “Qualified tribal school" means a tribal school as defined in s. 115.001 (15m).
16.972(1)(d) (d) “Qualified zoo" means a bona fide publicly owned zoo that has an educational mission.
16.972(2) (2)The department may:
16.972(2)(a) (a) Provide such telecommunications services to agencies as the department considers to be appropriate. An agency may use telecommunications services, including data and voice over Internet services, provided to the agency by or through the department only for the purpose of carrying out its functions. No agency may offer, resell, or provide telecommunications services, including data and voice over Internet services, that are available from a private telecommunications carrier to the general public or to any other public or private entity.
16.972(2)(b) (b) Except as provided in par. (a), provide such computer services and telecommunications services to local governmental units and the broadcasting corporation and provide such telecommunications services to qualified private schools, tribal schools, postsecondary institutions, museums, and zoos, as the department considers to be appropriate and as the department can efficiently and economically provide. The department may exercise this power only if in doing so it maintains the services it provides at least at the same levels that it provides prior to exercising this power and it does not increase the rates chargeable to users served prior to exercise of this power as a result of exercising this power. The department may charge local governmental units, the broadcasting corporation, and qualified private schools, tribal schools, postsecondary institutions, museums, and zoos, for services provided to them under this paragraph in accordance with a methodology determined by the department. Use of telecommunications services by a qualified private school, tribal school, or postsecondary institution shall be subject to the same terms and conditions that apply to a municipality using the same services. The department shall prescribe eligibility requirements for qualified museums and zoos to receive telecommunications services under this paragraph.
16.972(2)(c) (c) Provide such supercomputer services to agencies, local governmental units and entities in the private sector as the department considers to be appropriate and as the department can efficiently and economically provide. The department may exercise this power only if in doing so it maintains the services it provides at least at the same levels that it provides prior to exercising this power and it does not increase the rates chargeable to users served prior to exercise of this power as a result of exercising this power. The department may charge agencies, local governmental units and entities in the private sector for services provided to them under this paragraph in accordance with a methodology determined by the department.
16.972(2)(d) (d) Undertake such studies, contract for the performance of such studies, and appoint such councils and committees for advisory purposes as the department considers appropriate to ensure that the department's plans, capital investments and operating priorities meet the needs of agencies local governmental units and entities in the private sector served by the department. The department may compensate members of any council or committee for their services and may reimburse such members for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties.
16.972(2)(e) (e) Provide technical services to agencies in making hardware acquisitions to be used for computer services.
16.972(2)(f) (f) Acquire, operate, and maintain any information technology equipment or systems required by the department to carry out its functions, and provide information technology development and management services related to those information technology systems. The department may assess executive branch agencies, other than the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System, for the costs of equipment or systems acquired, operated, maintained, or provided or services provided under this paragraph in accordance with a methodology determined by the department. The department may also charge any agency for such costs as a component of any services provided by the department to the agency.
16.972(2)(g) (g) Assume direct responsibility for the planning and development of any information technology system in the executive branch of state government outside of the University of Wisconsin System that the department determines to be necessary to effectively develop or manage the system, with or without the consent of any affected executive branch agency. The department may charge any executive branch agency for the department's reasonable costs incurred in carrying out its functions under this paragraph on behalf of that agency.
16.972(2)(h) (h) Establish master contracts for the purchase of materials, supplies, equipment, or contractual services relating to information technology or telecommunications for use by agencies, authorities, local governmental units, or entities in the private sector. The department may require any executive branch agency, other than the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System, to make any purchases of materials, supplies, equipment, or contractual services relating to information technology or telecommunications that are included under the contract pursuant to the terms of the contract.
16.972(2)(i) (i) Accept gifts, grants, and bequests, to be used for the purposes for which made, consistently with applicable laws.
16.972 History History: 2001 a. 16 ss. 361 to 365, 1029; Stats. 2001 s. 22.05; 2003 a. 33 ss. 768 to 776; Stats. 2003 s. 16.972; 2005 a. 25; 2009 a. 302.
16.973 16.973 Duties of the department. The department shall:
16.973(1) (1)Provide or contract with a public or private entity to provide computer services to agencies. The department may charge agencies for services provided to them under this subsection in accordance with a methodology determined by the department.
16.973(2) (2)Promulgate methodologies for establishing all fees and charges established or assessed by the department under this subchapter.
16.973(3) (3)Facilitate the implementation of statewide initiatives, including development and maintenance of policies and programs to protect the privacy of individuals who are the subjects of information contained in the databases of agencies, and of technical standards and sharing of applications among agencies and any participating local governmental units or entities in the private sector.
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 367 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before September 5, 2018. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after September 5, 2018 are designated by NOTES. (Published 9-5-18)