Powers of the department.
The department may:
Establish and collect assessments and charges for all authorized services provided by the department, subject to applicable agreements under subs. (2)
Subject to s. 16.972 (2) (b)
, enter into and enforce an agreement with any agency, any authority, any unit of the federal government, any local governmental unit, any entity in the private sector, or any tribal school, as defined in s. 115.001 (15m)
, to provide services authorized to be provided by the department to that agency, authority, unit, entity, or tribal school at a cost specified in the agreement.
Enter into and enforce an agreement with an individual to provide services authorized to be provided by the department to that individual.
Develop or operate and maintain any system or device facilitating Internet or telephone access to information about programs of agencies, authorities, local governmental units, entities in the private sector, individuals, or any tribal schools, as defined in s. 115.001 (15m)
, or otherwise permitting the transaction of business by agencies, authorities, local governmental units, entities in the private sector, individuals, or tribal schools by means of electronic communication. The department may assess executive branch agencies, other than the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System, for the costs of systems or devices relating to information technology or telecommunications that are developed, operated, or maintained under this subsection in accordance with a methodology determined by the department. The department may also charge any agency, authority, local governmental unit, entity in the private sector, or tribal school for such costs as a component of any services provided by the department to that agency, authority, local governmental unit, entity, or tribal school. The department may charge an individual for such costs as a component of any services provided by the department to that individual.
Provide services authorized under sub. (3)
to hospitals, as defined in s. 50.33 (2)
. Subsection (1)
applies to the services provided under this subsection.
Review and approve, approve with modifications, or disapprove any proposed contract for the purchase of materials, supplies, equipment, or contractual services relating to information technology or telecommunications by an executive branch agency, other than the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System.
History: 2001 a. 16
; 2003 a. 33
; Stats. 2003 s. 16.974; 2009 a. 302
; 2011 a. 32
; 2013 a. 20
Access to information.
The department shall withhold from access under s. 19.35 (1)
all information submitted to the department by agencies, authorities, units of the federal government, local governmental units, entities in the private sector, or individuals for the purpose of processing. The department may not process such information without the consent of the agency, authority, unit, entity, or individual which submitted the information and may not withhold such information from the agency, authority, unit, entity, or individual or from any other person authorized by the agency, authority, unit, entity, or individual to have access to the information. The agency, authority, unit, entity, or individual submitting the information remains the custodian of the information while it is in the custody of the department and access to such information by that agency, authority, unit, entity, or individual or any other person shall be determined by that agency, authority, unit, entity, or individual and in accordance with law.
History: 1991 a. 39
; 1995 a. 27
; 2001 a. 16
; Stats. 2001 s. 22.11; 2003 a. 33
; Stats. 2003 s. 16.975; 2013 a. 20
Strategic plans for executive branch agencies. 16.976(1)(1)
As a part of each proposed strategic plan submitted under s. 16.971 (2) (L)
, the department shall require each executive branch agency to address the business needs of the agency and to identify all proposed information technology development projects that serve those business needs, the priority for undertaking such projects, and the justification for each project, including the anticipated benefits of the project. Each proposed plan shall identify any changes in the functioning of the agency under the plan. In each even-numbered year, the plan shall include identification of any information technology development project that the agency plans to include in its biennial budget request under s. 16.42 (1)
Each proposed strategic plan shall separately identify the initiatives that the executive branch agency plans to undertake from resources available to the agency at the time that the plan is submitted and initiatives that the agency proposes to undertake that would require additional resources.
Following receipt of a proposed strategic plan from an executive branch agency, the department shall, before June 1, notify the agency of any concerns that the department may have regarding the plan and provide the agency with its recommendations regarding the proposed plan. The executive branch agency may submit modifications to its proposed plan in response to any recommendations.
Before June 15, the department shall approve or disapprove the proposed plan in whole or in part.
No executive branch agency, other than the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System, may implement a new or revised information technology development project authorized under a strategic plan until the implementation is approved by the department in accordance with procedures prescribed by the department.
The department shall consult with the joint committee on information policy and technology in providing guidance for planning by executive branch agencies.
History: 2001 a. 16
; 2003 a. 33
; Stats. 2003 s. 16.976; 2015 a. 55
Information technology portfolio management.
With the assistance of executive branch agencies, the department shall manage the information technology portfolio of state government in accordance with a management structure that includes all of the following:
Criteria for selection of information technology assets to be managed.
Methods for monitoring and controlling information technology development projects and assets.
Methods to evaluate the progress of information technology development projects and the effectiveness of information technology systems, including performance measurements for the information technology portfolio.
History: 2001 a. 16
; 2003 a. 33
; Stats. 2003 s. 16.977; 2015 a. 55
Purchases of computers by teachers.
The department shall negotiate with private vendors to facilitate the purchase of computers and other educational technology, as defined in s. 24.60 (1r)
, by public, private, and tribal elementary and secondary school teachers for their private use. The department shall attempt to make available types of computers and other educational technology under this section that will encourage and assist teachers in becoming knowledgeable about the technology and its uses and potential uses in education.
History: 1995 a. 27
; 1997 a. 27
; 2001 a. 16
, s. 308
; Stats. 2001 s. 22.19; 2003 a. 33
; Stats. 2003 s. 16.9785; 2009 a. 302
Telecommunications operations and planning. 16.979(2)(2)
Powers and duties.
The department shall ensure maximum utility, cost-benefit and operational efficiency of all telecommunications systems and activities of this state, and those which interface with cities, counties, villages, towns, other states and the federal government. The department, with the assistance and cooperation of all other agencies, shall:
Develop and maintain a statewide long-range telecommunications plan, which will serve as a major element for budget preparation, as guidance for technical implementation and as a means of ensuring the maximum use of shared systems by agencies when this would result in operational or economic improvements or both.
Develop policy, standards and technical and procedural guidelines to ensure a coordinated and cost-effective approach to telecommunications system acquisition and utilization.
Maintain a comprehensive inventory of all state-owned or leased telecommunications equipment and services.
Monitor overall state expenditures for telecommunications systems and prepare an annual financial report on such expenditures.
Review the operation of all telecommunications systems of this state to ensure technical sufficiency, adequacy and consistency with goals and objectives.
Perform the functions of agency telecommunications officer for those agencies with no designated focal point for telecommunications planning, coordination, technical review and procurement.
(3) Private college and university participation in state telecommunications network.
The department may allow regionally accredited 4-year nonprofit colleges and universities that are incorporated in this state or that have their regional headquarters and principal place of business in this state to participate in any telecommunications network administered by the department.
History: 1977 c. 418
; 1993 a. 246
; 1997 a. 150
; 2001 a. 16
; Stats. 2001 s. 22.41; 2003 a. 33
; Stats. 2003 s. 16.979.
FEDERAL RESOURCE ACQUISITION
Federal resource acquisition. 16.98(1)(1)
The department shall engage in such activities as the secretary deems necessary to ensure the maximum utilization of federal resources by state agencies and institutions and other eligible organizations and units of government, including community development corporations as defined in s. 234.94 (2)
. The department shall acquire excess and surplus real and personal property and shall charge fees to recipients for costs of transportation, packing, crating, handling and program overhead, except that the department may transfer any excess or surplus personal property to the department of tourism, upon request of the department of tourism, at no cost, subject to any limitation or restriction imposed by federal law.
The department may, in accordance with federal law, operate warehouses and otherwise provide for the temporary storage of property being transferred.
All proceeds from the sale of land, buildings, supplies and equipment received under this section shall be credited to the appropriation under s. 20.505 (1) (im)
. Such proceeds may be used for the purchase of lands and buildings or for construction or improvement of buildings for the purpose of storing and handling excess and surplus property.
From the appropriations under s. 20.505 (1) (fo)
, the department may provide grants to any organization with which the department contracts to operate the program under sub. (1)
Transfer of appropriations.
On June 30 of each fiscal year, the department shall determine the amount within the appropriation under s. 20.505 (1) (im)
by which total expenditures for the operation of warehouses and distribution centers under the federal resource acquisition program have exceeded income attributable to that operation under that appropriation as of that date. Immediately prior to the end of the fiscal year, the department shall transfer to the appropriation under s. 20.505 (1) (im)
an amount equal to that excess from the unencumbered balances in the appropriation under s. 20.505 (1) (a)
. If the excess exceeds the unencumbered balance in any fiscal year, the department shall transfer all of the unencumbered balance. If the unencumbered balance exceeds the excess in any fiscal year, the department shall transfer an amount equal to the excess.
History: 1987 a. 27
TECHNOLOGY FOR EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT
In this subchapter:
“Data line" means a data circuit that provides direct access to the Internet.
“Educational agency" means a school district, charter school sponsor, juvenile correctional facility, private school, tribal school, as defined in s. 115.001 (15m)
, cooperative educational service agency, technical college district, private college, public library system, public library board, public museum, the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, or the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
“Educational technology" means technology used in the education or training of any person or in the administration of an elementary or secondary school and related telecommunications services.
“Juvenile correctional facility" means a Type 1 juvenile correctional facility, as defined in s. 938.02 (19)
, but does not include the Mendota juvenile treatment center under s. 46.057
“Political subdivision" means any city, village, town, or county.
“Private college" means a private, regionally accredited, 4-year, nonprofit college or university that is incorporated in this state or that has its regional headquarters and principal place of business in this state or a tribally controlled college in this state.
“Public museum" means a nonprofit or publicly owned museum located in this state that is accredited by the American Association of Museums or an educational center that is affiliated with such a museum.
“Universal service fund" means the trust fund established under s. 25.95
Technology for educational achievement in Wisconsin; departmental duties.
The department shall do all of the following:
In cooperation with school districts, cooperative educational service agencies, the technical college system board, and the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System, promote the efficient, cost-effective procurement, installation, and maintenance of educational technology by school districts, cooperative educational service agencies, technical college districts, and the University of Wisconsin System.
Identify the best methods of providing preservice and in-service training for teachers related to educational technology.
Enter into cooperative purchasing agreements under s. 16.73 (1)
under which participating school districts and cooperative educational service agencies may contract for their professional employees to receive training concerning the effective use of educational technology.
In cooperation with the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System, the technical college system board, the department of public instruction and other entities, support the development of courses for the instruction of professional employees who are licensed by the state superintendent of public instruction concerning the effective use of educational technology.
Provide telecommunications access to educational agencies under the program established under s. 16.997
No later than October 1 of each even-numbered year, submit a biennial report concerning the department's activities under this subchapter to the governor, and to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3)
Purchase educational technology materials, supplies, equipment, and contractual services for school districts, cooperative educational service agencies, technical college districts, the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison under s. 16.72 (8)
, and establish standards and specifications for purchases of educational technology hardware and software by school districts, cooperative educational service agencies, technical college districts, and the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System.
Purchase educational technology equipment for use by school districts, cooperative educational service agencies, and public educational institutions in this state and permit the districts, agencies, and institutions to purchase or lease the equipment, with an option to purchase the equipment at a later date. This subsection does not require the purchase or lease of any educational technology equipment from the department.
Information technology block grants. 16.9945(1)(1)
In fiscal years 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21, the department may annually award grants on a competitive basis to eligible school districts and to eligible public libraries for the purpose of improving information technology infrastructure. For purposes of awarding grants under this section, “improving information technology infrastructure” includes purchasing and installing on a bus a portable device that creates an area of wireless Internet coverage and purchasing for individuals to temporarily borrow from a school or for patrons to check out from a public library a portable device that creates an area of wireless Internet coverage. In awarding grants to eligible school districts under this section, the department shall give priority to applications for school districts in which the percentage of pupils who satisfy the income eligibility criteria under 42 USC 1758
(b) (1) for a free or reduced-price lunch is greater than in other applicant school districts. The department shall require an applicant for a grant under this section to provide all of the following:
A description of the specific information technology infrastructure, including any equipment, that the applicant intends to purchase with grant proceeds.
The applicant's plan to purchase, install, and use the information technology infrastructure described in par. (a)
A description of the applicant's readiness to use information technology infrastructure purchased with grant proceeds.
(2) Eligible school districts.
A school district is eligible for a grant under this section in a fiscal year if the school district's membership in the previous school year divided by the school district's area in square miles is 16 or less.
“Library branch” means a fixed location where public library services, including a collection of library materials, are offered by paid library employees as part of a consolidated county public library, as described in s. 43.57 (1)
“Urban cluster” means an urban area, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, with a population of at least 2,500 but less than 50,000.
“Urbanized area” means an urban area, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, with a population of 50,000 or more.
A public library, including a library branch, is eligible for a grant under this section in a fiscal year if the population of the municipality within which the library or library branch is located is 20,000 or less and if the public library or library branch is located in one of the following areas of the state:
A rural territory, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, that is one of the following:
A rural territory, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, that is one of the following:
More than 5 miles but less than or equal to 25 miles from an urbanized area.
More than 2.5 miles but less than or equal to 10 miles from an urban cluster.