New York City Mayor Eric Adams has issued an executive order to consolidate all city technology agencies under a single authority in a bid to streamline operations and improve internal co-operation.
The work of several formerly independent agencies will be brought together under the new Office of Technology and Innovation, which replaces the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and will be led by the city’s new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Matthew Fraser.
The Office of Data Analytics, the Office of Information Privacy and New York Cyber Command will continue but within the new Office of Technology and Innovation.
“All of them now are disjointed,” Adams said during a press conference. “They’re not communicating with each other, everyone has a different vision, a different operation. Those days are over – we’re moving as one.”
The consolidation is “not just about dollars and cents; it’s about common sense,” Adams commented.
The order discontinues the role of Algorithms Management and Policy Officer which was created in November 2019, but the new Office of Technology and Innovation will continue to guide how the city uses algorithms.
Fraser said: “We are now entering the era where we can truly use technology in real time to overcome what were perceived to be insurmountable challenges and ‘get stuff done.’”
The Office of Technology and Innovation will be tasked with carrying out Mayor Adams’ key technology initiatives, including the creation of MyCity, a one-stop shop portal for all city services and benefits, and closing the digital divide. Other priorities will be cybersecurity and doing more with 311 data.
Adams said there will be an evaluation to cut any unnecessary “duplication of jobs”.
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