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Lawmakers consider new IT agency

Wyoming officials hope to save millions of dollars by creating a new department that will consolidate and streamline its information technology services.

A legislative panel has voted to sponsor a bill to create the Department of Enterprise Technology Services.

The proposed department would be responsible for the bulk of the state's information technology work.

The state's Division of Information Technology currently is part of the Department of Administration and Information. In addition, many state agencies have their own dedicated IT staff.

State Chief Information Officer Flint Waters says the state stands to save millions of dollars each year by eliminating IT positions that are performing work that overlaps with what is already being done.

The full Legislature would have to approve the proposal.

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