Strategic Planning and Budgeting
The Information Systems Technology Department (IST) provides information technology services to Chesterfield County Government and Chesterfield County Public Schools. IST is a full-service technology provider and focuses on partnering with customers to provide cost-effective technology solutions to meet business needs. The primary functions of the department are technology solution delivery, information security governance, project management and infrastructure management. Specific support provided by IST includes: business studies and recommendations; maintenance of existing application systems; design and implementation of new systems; operational support for both mainframe and server systems; guidance regarding security and access to system data; support for voice and data telecommunications; development and maintenance of the county’s internet/intranet websites; and customer training for both application systems and office automation. View additional information in the proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Budget (PDF).
IST FY2022 Priorities
- Attract, recruit, and retain highly skilled staff and perform resource allocation that enables the achievement of county priorities
- Provide financial stewardship, governance models and lifecycle management for technology assets
- Manage and mitigate project, business continuity and information security risk
- Engage customers effectively to align technology to meet strategic business needs
IST FY2022 Budget Highlights and Future Outlook
- The FY2022 budget includes $235,300 restored from FY2021 cost savings efforts, with the restorations related to part-time salaries, training, over time and workforce development.
- The proposed budget includes funding for one additional full-time Senior Information Security Engineer, to augment the Information Security Group, which is responsible for all governance aspects of information security, compliance, training, and testing for the county. $150,000 has been identified within the department's current budget to fund the costs associated with this position.
- The Information Systems Technology department is programmed to receive $355,100 in FY2022 to fund service agreements and annual maintenance costs for subscription services that provide technological support countywide. This includes enhancements connected to ELM, CARES-related initiatives and other technologies.
- Additionally, the department is also planned to receive $77,000 towards the annual maintenance cost to support the SIEM system transitioning from CIP to operating. The SIEM system provides visibility across all systems, services and network equipment to notify of security events, collect diagnostic information in real time and provide historical information.
- The FY2022 plan includes $292,900 to support the ongoing cost of supporting Enterprise Remote Access to the county network, which was instrumental in providing a seamless transition to remote work during the pandemic.
- The department will receive $60,000 to support a consolidation of the county’s printing contract, eliminating other networked printers and costly desktop printers.
- To continue the county’s commitment to making public forums accessible to the community, the FY2022 budget includes $10,000 for closed captioning during broadcasted Board of Supervisors meetings.
- Lastly, the department will receive an increase of $112,800 to support increases to the various enterprise service agreements and subscription services.