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Complying with SB 272

Monday, January 11, 2016   (0 Comments)
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When the State Legislature passed SB 272, California Public Records Act requirements for local governments were expanded and the burden of implementing this new policy was placed squarely on the shoulders of municipal IT professionals. 

SB 272 requires that local agencies create a catalog of enterprise systems used and that information be made publicly available on the agency’s website. 

Cities and other local agencies have expressed concern with this legislation, specifically surrounding the security issues that may arise from disclosing details of vital technology infrastructure. Notwithstanding that concern, the Bill was signed into law in October of this year and now must be implemented. 

The Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC) has always been dedicated to providing a collaborative environment for problem solving the issues that impact all member agencies. Since this legislation impacts almost every local agency in the State, MISAC membership sprang into action. 

Charles Kalil, the Director of Information Technology at the City of Garden Grove, volunteered his services and those of the developers on his team to help meet the mandate. “We knew we were going to have to develop a program to meet this requirement, so rather than have over 400 other local governments go through that same process throughout the State, we thought it best to create a platform that every city and county could use,” said Charles Kalil.  

During the first quarter of 2016, Charles and his team will be creating a central repository online for local agencies to enter the required SB 272 information in a standardized submission form. Data will then be cataloged and the data that is appropriate to be displayed publicly will be made available. 

The team is currently working out the details of the platform. There will be a stand-alone website accessible to the general public, however the team is also integrating technology to offer local agencies a variety of ways to make the information available on their own websites. The site will allow agencies to link to the external site or dynamically imbed the content within their own web pages. 

The site will also offer local agencies a greater level of access than the general public. Given the security concerns associated with cataloging technology systems for public consumption (and possible hackers), careful consideration is being given to security and levels of access to data. 

Members of MISAC wishing to contribute thoughts or ideas during the development process are encouraged to contact Charles at charlesk@ci.garden-grove.ca.us or (714) 741-5098. 

The development of this solution is a prime example of the value added by MISAC membership. The municipal IT profession is a unique space and the collaboration and solidarity that comes from participation in MISAC is priceless. Every agency in the State will benefit from this effort, saving millions of taxpayer dollars and valuable staff time.  

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