Our History



1999 The Governor's Office of Innovation and Technology was created to serve as an advisory organization to the Governor and state agencies.
  • The office employed five employees.
  • The office did not provide IT services and support, instead that was handled independently by each agency.
The result was, among other things, a disparate infrastructure, duplication of functions and services, increased security risks, failing projects, and the inability to leverage statewide procurement opportunities.

2006 The name was changed to the Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT).

2007 Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., announced a multi-year information technology consolidation plan to fold the state government's decentralized operations into OIT.
  • The plan called for centralized information technology management, purchasing, spending, and planning.
  • It also called for a statewide enterprise structure to replace the current agency-by-agency model.
Governor Ritter issued Executive Order D 016 07.
  • The order elevated the position of the State of Colorado Chief Information Officer (CIO) to a cabinet level position.
  • It also required executive branch agencies to obtain OIT approval of all IT budget requests, project plans, and spending requests greater than $10,000. 
These 2007 events served as the catalyst for beginning substantial changes to OIT.

June 2007 OIT engaged in a number of studies and assessments in collaboration with executive branch agencies to review the then current state of IT in Colorado, statewide IT procurement practices, and how Colorado and other states delivered IT services. OIT also researched industry best practices and standards. 
All of this contributed to informing the Colorado Consolidation Plan (C2P), the roadmap for moving state government from a highly decentralized, siloed IT structure into a statewide enterprise organization.

2008 The Governor, State of Colorado CIO, and the Colorado General Assembly determined that further operational efficiencies and improved business performance could be realized through the establishment of enterprise authority and governance over all IT activities. Senate Bill 08-155 was introduced to achieve this.
The bill received unprecedented bipartisan support with a 92-2 vote and significantly transformed the management of the State of Colorado’s technology. 

This historic measure created a single IT entity effective July 1, 2008, by transferring all executive branch agency CIOs to OIT and shifting the reporting structure of agency IT employees to the State of Colorado CIO.