Are you reading this using a computer system from the 1980’s? You’re probably not firing up a Commodore 64 each morning, yet much of the City’s information technology network still uses decades-old systems.
This morning Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer joined Mayor Jerry Sanders and Councilmember Lorie Zapf to unveil the potential savings from two competitively bid IT services contracts. He called on the City Council to approve the agreements, which will help bring City of San Diego operations into the 21st century while creating millions of dollars in efficiencies and savings.
The City Council’s Rules Committee is scheduled to discuss the issue tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. Here are Faulconer’s comments.
Today we are seeing the results of hard-fought reform. Competition works, and San Diegans will reap the benefits.
This proposal guards San Diego tax dollars and provides a 21st century solution to the City’s aging Information Technology system. Approving these contracts will help City employees work more effectively, increase budget transparency and improve financial checks and balances, and free up funds that can be reinvested in San Diego neighborhoods.
The City can achieve millions of dollars worth of savings and efficiencies as a result of this competitive bidding process. The savings from this reform can be reinvested in San Diego’s libraries, parks, road repair and public safety.
I call on my City Council colleagues, particularly those on the Rules Committee, to approve these contracts tomorrow, and bring San Diego into the 21st century.
Matt Awbrey is Communications Director for Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer.