HARRISBURG – The Senate Communications and Technology Committee advanced a proposal that will consolidate the state’s information technology under one entity and create standards to strengthen the state’s cybersecurity efforts, according to Committee Chair Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill. S.B. 482, sponsored by Senators Phillips-Hill and Ryan Aument, would establish a standalone Office of Information Technology (OIT) under the Office of Administration. The OIT would establish a strategic plan for future IT projects, manage and maintain all procurement of IT for state agencies, establish cybersecurity standards for all of state government and make recommendations for future consolidation, integration and investment.  The committee held two public hearings in September to review state and national perspectives when it comes to consolidating state IT operations, as well as hear directly from the Commonwealth’s Chief Information Officer and the Dept. of General Services.  The legislation advances to the full Senate for further consideration.