Portland City Council today unanimously passed a resolution that sets the stage for the creation of the Citizen Information Technology Oversight Committee. This committee will be a group of experienced citizens outside city government that will oversee the need for proposed projects as well as the implementation of approved projects.
“Portland’s taxpayers expect us to keep a sharp eye on the bottom line.” said Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “Portland is lucky enough to have a strong contingent of technology professionals in our midst, and this committee will provide Council the opportunity to hear from that expertise when we embark on these complex projects.”
The resolution passed by Council has four overarching aspects:
- A Council appointed 5 member body composed of information technology and communications professionals unaffiliated with the City
- Projects overseen by this committee are required to hire an outside quality assurance consultant
- City Council quarterly work sessions as a public forum for committee members and the public to examine these projects in more detail
- Designate a lead Council member ultimately responsible for projects that have more than one City bureau as the primary customer
Co-sponsor on the resolution Commissioner Nick Fish stated, “This will improve transparency and accountability on our large IT projects and save taxpayer money."