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8. HAWAI`I: Department of Information Technology

QUESTION: Shall the Charter of the County of Hawai`i be amended by removing the Department of Information Technology oversight of the information systems maintained by the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney and the Police Department?To see the proposed language changes and Fiscal Impact Statements prepared by the County of Hawai`i Department of Finance, go to https://www.hawaiicounty.gov/Home/Components/News/News/2444/ .CHARTER COMMISSION SUMMARY: This proposal was brought forth by the Prosecuting Attorney and supported by the department of information technology. The proposal would exempt the information technology systems of the office of the prosecuting attorney and the police department from oversight by the department of information technology. Previous charters have provided for department of information technology oversight of the operations of information technology systems of all county departments and agencies, except for the department of water supply. The information technology systems of the office of the prosecuting attorney and the police department are currently operated by those departments due to the law enforcement functions of those systems. The commission acknowledges the differences inherent in the law enforcement information technology systems from those found in the other county departments. this proposal will assist in more coherent oversight by the department of information technology of the remaining departmental systems.FISCAL IMPACT: None. Office of the Prosecuting Attorney and the Police Department currently provide their own information technology services so there should be increase in cost.WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS: A "YES" vote means that you are IN FAVOR of the amendment and the Charter of the County of Hawai`i will be changed as proposed. A "NO" vote means that you are AGAINST the amendment and the Charter of the County of Hawai`i will not be changed as proposed.ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR: -For many years, both the office of the prosecuting attorney and the police department have operated independently from the department of information technology. This provision merely establishes in the charter what is already happening. -Due to the need for greater security, the law enforcement responsibilities of both the office of the prosecuting attorney and the police department require different systems, software, and hardware than other county departments and agencies, making the integration of purchases and training by the department of information technology unnecessary. -Because the technology systems and needs of the office of the prosecuting attorney and the police department differ when compared to the other county departments and agencies, there is no need for oversight from the department of information technology.ARGUMENTS AGAINST: [No arguments against the proposal were found in the minutes of the Hawai`i County Charter Commission.]

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