Nationwide lobbying push for contractor monitoring software alarms state CIOs

State chief information officers across the country are pushing back against a wave of bills in their states’ legislatures that would require government contractors to install monitoring software that CIOs say would put citizens’ personal information at risk and potentially put states in violation of federal privacy and security regulations. Similarly written legislation has appeared in at least 23 statehouses since last year. While there are slight local differences, all of them contain language requiring any firm doing at least $100,000 worth of work for the relevant state “use software to verify that all hours billed for work under the contract for services performed on a computer are eligible charges,” as one filed in New Jersey states. The software, as described by the legislation, would take screenshots of contract workers’ computers at least once every three minutes, with those images then stored for at least seven years. Some states’ bills, … Continue reading Nationwide lobbying push for contractor monitoring software alarms state CIOs