Will Illinois' New Laws Streamline Procurement?

Rep. Mike Tryon is chief sponsor of HB 1040
Illinois has put two new laws on the books that state officials hope will clarify the state’s purchasing process and emphasize a move to cloud technology and shared services.

House Bill 5491 better defines the authority of Illinois chief procurement officers and requires state officials to more clearly state the requirements and specifics of what they want to purchase. HB 1040 creates a mandate where agencies must consider cloud solutions before investing in new technology. Both measures have been signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

HB 1040 went into effect in March, while HB 5491 is official as of Jan. 1, 2015. Read more by Brian Heaton in Government Technology.