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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% 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) (a).
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), (kp), 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.
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.
16.973(4) (4) Ensure responsiveness to the needs of agencies for delivery of high-quality information technology processing services on an efficient and economical basis, while not unduly affecting the privacy of individuals who are the subjects of the information being processed by the department.
16.973(5) (5) Utilize all feasible technical means to ensure the security of all information submitted to the department for processing by agencies, local governmental units and entities in the private sector.
16.973(6) (6) With the advice of the government accountability board, adopt and enforce standards of ethical conduct applicable to its paid consultants which are similar to the standards prescribed in subch. III of ch. 19, except that the department shall not require its paid consultants to file statements of economic interests.
16.973(7) (7) Prescribe and revise as necessary performance measures to ensure financial controls and accountability, optimal personnel utilization, and customer satisfaction for all information technology functions in the executive branch outside of the University of Wisconsin System and annually, no later than March 31, report to the joint committee on information policy and technology and the board concerning the performance measures utilized by the department and the actual performance of the department and the executive branch agencies measured against the performance measures then in effect.
16.973(8) (8) Offer the opportunity to local governmental units to voluntarily obtain computer or supercomputer services from the department when those services are provided under s. 16.972 (2) (b) or (c), and to voluntarily participate in any master contract established by the department under s. 16.972 (2) (h) or in the use of any informational system or device provided by the department under 16.974 (3).
16.973(9) (9) In consultation with the department of veterans affairs, administer a program to increase outreach to veterans regarding veterans services and benefits, and to provide training to employees of the department of veterans affairs and county veterans service officers.
16.973(10) (10) Promulgate:
16.973(10)(a) (a) A definition of and methodology for identifying large, high-risk information technology projects.
16.973(10)(b) (b) Standardized, quantifiable project performance measures for evaluating large, high-risk information technology projects.
16.973(10)(c) (c) Policies and procedures for routine monitoring of large, high-risk information technology projects.
16.973(10)(d) (d) A formal process for modifying information technology project specifications when necessary to address changes in program requirements.
16.973(10)(e) (e) Requirements for reporting changes in estimates of cost or completion date to the department and the joint committee on information policy and technology.
16.973(10)(f) (f) Methods for discontinuing projects or modifying projects that are failing to meet performance measures in such a way to correct the performance problems.
16.973(10)(g) (g) Policies and procedures for the use of master leases under s. 16.76 (4) to finance new large, high-risk information technology system costs and maintain current large, high-risk information technology systems.
16.973(10)(h) (h) A standardized progress point in the execution of large, high-risk information technology projects at which time the estimated costs and date of completion of the project is reported to the department and the joint committee on information policy and technology.
16.973(11) (11) Promulgate:
16.973(11)(a) (a) A requirement that each executive branch agency review commercially available information technology products prior to initiating work on a customized information technology development project to determine whether any commercially available product could meet the information technology needs of the agency.
16.973(11)(b) (b) Procedures and criteria to determine when a commercially available information technology product must be used and when an executive branch agency may consider the modification or creation of a customized information technology product.
16.973(11)(c) (c) A requirement that each executive branch agency submit for approval by the department and prior to initiating work on a customized information technology product a justification for the modification or creation by the agency of a customized information technology product.
16.973(12) (12)
16.973(12)(a)(a) In this subsection, "master lease" has the meaning given under s. 16.76 (4).
16.973(12)(b) (b) Annually, no later than October 1, submit to the governor and the members of the joint committee on information policy and technology a report documenting the use by each executive branch agency, other than the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, of master leases to fund information technology projects in the previous fiscal year. The report shall contain all of the following information:
16.973(12)(b)1. 1. The total amount paid under master leases towards information technology projects in the previous fiscal year.
16.973(12)(b)2. 2. The master lease payment amounts approved to be applied to information technology projects in future years.
16.973(12)(b)3. 3. The total amount paid by each executive branch agency on each information technology project for which debt is outstanding, as compared to the total financing amount originally approved for that information technology project.
16.973(12)(b)4. 4. A summary of repayments made towards any master lease in the previous fiscal year.
16.973(13) (13)
16.973(13)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), include in each contract with a vendor of information technology that involves a large, high-risk information technology project under sub. (10) or that has a projected cost greater than $1,000,000, and require each executive branch agency authorized under s. 16.71 (1m) to enter into a contract for materials, supplies, equipment, or contractual services relating to information technology to include in each contract with a vendor of information technology that involves a large, high-risk information technology project under sub. (10) or that has a projected cost greater than $1,000,000 a stipulation requiring the vendor to submit to the department for approval any order or amendment that would change the scope of the contract and have the effect of increasing the contract price. The stipulation shall authorize the department to review the original contract and the order or amendment to determine all of the following and, if necessary, to negotiate with the vendor regarding any change to the original contract price:
16.973(13)(a)1. 1. Whether the work proposed in the order or amendment is within the scope of the original contract.
16.973(13)(a)2. 2. Whether the work proposed in the order or amendment is necessary.
16.973(13)(b) (b) The department or an executive branch agency may exclude from a contract described in par. (a) the stipulation required under par. (a) if all of the following conditions are satisfied:
16.973(13)(b)1. 1. Including such a stipulation would negatively impact contract negotiations or significantly reduce the number of bidders on the contract.
16.973(13)(b)2. 2. If the exclusion is sought by an executive branch agency, that agency submits to the department a plain-language explanation of the reasons the stipulation was excluded and the alternative provisions the executive branch agency will include in the contract to ensure that the contract will be completed on time and within the contract budget.
16.973(13)(b)3. 3. If the exclusion is sought by the department, the department prepares a plain-language explanation of the reasons the stipulation was excluded and the alternative provisions the department will include in the contract to ensure that the contract will be completed on time and within the contract budget.
16.973(13)(b)4. 4. The department submits for approval by the joint committee on information policy and technology any explanation and alternative contract provisions required under subd. 2. or 3. If, within 14 working days after the date that the department submits any explanation and alternative contract provisions required under this subdivision, the joint committee on information policy and technology does not contact the department, the explanation and alternative contract provisions shall be deemed approved.
16.973(14) (14)
16.973(14)(a)(a) Require each executive branch agency, other than the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin system, that has entered into an open-ended contract for the development of information technology to submit to the department quarterly reports documenting the amount expended on the information technology development project. In this subsection, "open-ended contract" means a contract for information technology that includes one or both of the following:
16.973(14)(a)1. 1. Stipulations that provide that the contract vendor will deliver information technology products or services but that do not specify a maximum payment amount.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before June 30, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-14)