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SB-1396 Accessible state technology.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.

 Section 11546.1 of the Government Code is amended to read:

11546.1.
 The Department of Technology shall improve the governance and implementation of information technology by standardizing reporting relationships, roles, and responsibilities for setting information technology priorities.
(a) (1) Each state agency shall have a chief information officer who is appointed by the head of the state agency, or by the head’s designee, subject to the approval of the Department of Technology.
(2) A chief information officer appointed under this subdivision shall do all of the following:
(A) Oversee the information technology portfolio and information technology services within his or her state agency through the operational oversight of information technology budgets of departments, boards, bureaus, and offices within the state agency.
(B) Develop the enterprise architecture for his or her state agency, subject to the review and approval of the Department of Technology, to rationalize, standardize, and consolidate information technology applications, assets, infrastructure, data, and procedures for all departments, boards, bureaus, and offices within the state agency.
(C) Ensure that all departments, boards, bureaus, and offices within the state agency are in compliance with the state information technology policy. policy and the following statutes and standards: 
(i) Sections 7405 and 11135, Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 794d), as amended, the regulations implementing that act set forth in Part 1194 of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations and Appendices A, C, and D of that part, and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.).
(ii) The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 at a minimum Level AA success criteria.
(b) (1) Each state entity shall have a chief information officer who is appointed by the head of the state entity.
(2) A chief information officer appointed under this subdivision shall do all of the following:
(A) Supervise all information technology and telecommunications activities within his or her state entity, including, but not limited to, information technology, information security, and telecommunications personnel, contractors, systems, assets, projects, purchases, and contracts.
(B) Ensure that  the entity conforms with state information technology and telecommunications policy and enterprise architecture. architecture, and the following statutes and standards: 
(i) Sections 7405 and 11135, Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 794d), as amended, the regulations implementing that act set forth in Part 1194 of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations and Appendices A, C, and D of that part, and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.).
(ii) The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 at a minimum Level AA success criteria.
(c) Each state agency shall have an information security officer appointed by the head of the state agency, or the head’s designee, subject to the approval by the Department of Technology. The state agency’s information security officer appointed under this subdivision shall report to the state agency’s chief information officer.
(d) Each state entity shall have an information security officer who is appointed by the head of the state entity. An information security officer shall report to the chief information officer of his or her state entity. The Department of Technology shall develop specific qualification criteria for an information security officer. If a state entity cannot fund a position for an information security officer, the entity’s chief information officer shall perform the duties assigned to the information security officer. The chief information officer shall coordinate with the Department of Technology for any necessary support.
(e) (1) For purposes of this section, “state agency” means the Transportation Agency, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of Veterans Affairs, Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency, Natural Resources Agency, California Health and Human Services Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency, Labor and Workforce Development Agency, and Department of Food and Agriculture.
(2) For purposes of this section, “state entity” means an entity within the executive branch that is under the direct authority of the Governor, including, but not limited to, all departments, boards, bureaus, commissions, councils, and offices that are not defined as a “state agency” pursuant to paragraph (1).
(f) A state entity that is not defined under subdivision (e) may voluntarily comply with any of the requirements of Sections 11546.2 and 11546.3 and may request assistance from the Department of Technology to do so.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 5.8 (commencing with Section 11549.20) is added to Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:

CHAPTER  5.8. Office of Accessible Technology
11549.20.
 (a) There is within the Department of Technology, the Office of Accessible Technology. The purpose of the Office of Accessible Technology is to serve as the central point in state government for providing oversight and guidance to ensure state agency and entity compliance with accessibility requirements of state and federal electronic and information technology statutes and standards, including Sections 7405 and 11135, Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 794d), as amended, the regulations implementing that act set forth in Part 1194 of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations and Appendices A, C, and D of that part, the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.), and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 at a Level AA success criteria.
(b) The office shall be under the direction of the Director of Technology who shall lead the office in carrying out its mission. The office shall have no more than two full-time positions assigned to the office, that the department shall, pursuant to the state civil service statutes, either contract or establish and fill with a person who has relevant knowledge and experience, including training, in compliance with accessibility requirements of state and federal electronic and information technology statutes and standards.
(c) For purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
(1) “Office” means the Office of Accessible Technology.
(2) “State agency” and “state entity” shall have the same meanings as those terms are defined in Section 11546.1.
11549.22.
 The office shall be responsible for all of the following:
(a) Ensuring that every state agency and state entity is in compliance with the accessibility requirements of state and federal electronic and information technology policy and statutes, including Sections 7405 and 11135, Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 794d), as amended, the regulations implementing that act set forth in Part 1194 of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations and Appendices A, C, and D of that part, the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.), and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 at a Level AA success no later than December 31, 2020.
(b) Developing, updating, and distributing to state agencies and entities statewide policies, standards, and procedures for ensuring compliance with the accessibility requirements in subdivision (a).
(c) Providing training and assistance specific to accessibility statutes and standards to chief information officers appointed pursuant to Section 11546.1.
(d) Establishing a complaint procedure for state employees and members of the public to register complaints about Internet Web site accessibility problems and for resolving complaints with the Office of Accessible Technology.
11549.26.
 (a) The Director of Technology shall prepare a report that shall be posted on the Internet Web site of the office on or before January 1, 2020, and annually thereafter, that includes a summary of all developed statewide policies, standards, and procedures for ensuring compliance with the act that added this chapter.
(b) Beginning on January 1, 2020, the Director of Technology shall include in the Department of Technology’s annual information technology performance report required pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 11545, an assessment of the state’s compliance, or progress in achieving compliance, with the act that added this chapter.
11549.28.
 Nothing in this chapter shall limit the rights of any person to pursue any remedies or causes of action that they may have under any state or federal law to enforce compliance with those laws or the obligations stated in subdivision (a) of Section 11549.20.