Department of Technology Management and Budget
The Department of Technology, Management and Budget supports the business operations of state agencies through a variety of services. These services include building management and maintenance; technology services; centralized contracting; purchasing; space planning and leasing; construction management; motor vehicle fleet management; and management of the state retirement system. The governor’s proposed budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 recommends ongoing funding of $1.26 billion, of which $476.9 million is general fund. The governor also recommends $2.6 million in one-time spending in fiscal year 2016.
Highlights of Governor’s Budget Recommendation
• The Executive Recommendation includes approximately $482.2 million for information technology support for all state agencies, primarily funded with user fees from client agencies. In addition to information technology support, the governor recommends increasing the information technology investment fund by $7 million ongoing general fund, to a total of $70 million, to continue efforts to replace legacy systems and improve the state’s cyber security framework. The additional $7 million is intended to support critical cyber security improvements. Investing in improving the state’s cyber security framework is critical as more and more interactions between government and citizens occur via the Internet. Annually, the state blocks 2.5 million web browser attacks, 179.5 million HTTP-based attacks, 79.5 million network scans, and 5.2 million intrusion attempts, and those numbers increase every day. In recent years at least two other states have fallen victim to large data breaches that resulted in hundreds of thousands of social security numbers being exposed; by investing proactively in cyber security Michigan can decrease the likelihood of large data breaches that expose sensitive citizen data.
• The Executive Budget includes funding of $39.8 million, a reduction of $2 million general fund, for the Michigan Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS). The ongoing funding will allow the department to continue with the equipment lifecycle replacement schedule and the radio lifecycle schedule implemented in fiscal year 2015. The MPSCS serves as the primary means of daily and emergency radio communications for all branches of state government with key state agencies including the departments of State Police; Transportation; Technology, Management, and Budget; Corrections; and Military and Veterans Affairs. The system has grown to serve over 1,400 local, state, federal, tribal nation and private public safety agencies using over 64,000 radios to support daily operations and mission critical disaster response communications.
• The Executive Budget includes funding of $67.9 million, a reduction of $1.1 million general fund, for the Civil Service Commission to provide professional, non-partisan oversight of the state’s workforce.
• The Governor recommends planning authorizations for three university and two community college capital outlay projects. The institutions recommended for planning include: Lake Superior State University, University of Michigan — Dearborn, University of Michigan — Ann Arbor, Delta College, and C.S. Mott Community College. The total estimated cost of the projects is $239.2 million, with an estimated state share of $76.2 million. These five projects ranked the highest in capital outlay scoring evaluations in their respective categories.
• In fiscal year 2016, general fund support for enterprisewide special maintenance for state facilities is increased on an ongoing basis by $8 million, from $23 million to $31 million. These funds are used to support non-routine maintenance projects at various state facilities (offices, prisons, laboratories, and other installations) across the state.