Title 50, Chapter 25, Section 1
(a) There is established the Georgia Technology Authority as a body
corporate and politic, an instrumentality of the state, and a public
corporation; and by that name the authority may contract and be
contracted with and bring and defend actions. The Georgia
Technology Authority shall be the successor in interest to the
public corporation created by Ga. L. 1990, p. 1566, as amended from
time to time thereafter, and known as the "GeorgiaNet Authority,"
and all rights, powers, and duties of that public corporation shall
be vested in the Georgia Technology Authority, subject, however, to
all debts, obligations, liabilities, and duties incurred by that
(b) As used in this chapter, the term:
(1) "Agency" means every state department, agency, board, bureau,
commission, and authority but shall not include any agency within
the judicial branch of state government or the University System
of Georgia and shall also not include any authority statutorily
required to effectuate the provisions of Part 4 of Article 9 of
(2) "Authority" means the Georgia Technology Authority as
established in this chapter.
(3) "Board" means the board of directors for the Georgia
(4) "Chairperson" means the chairperson of the Georgia Technology
(5) "Chief information officer" means the chief information officer of the State of Georgia provided for by Code Section 50-25-5.1.
(6) "File" means a group of data consisting of a collection of
related records which concern one or more functions of an agency
and which is treated as a single unit in an electronic data
(7) "GeorgiaNet Division" means the former GeorgiaNet Authority.
(8) "Local government" means any county, city, or consolidated
government in this state.
(9) "Private sector" means any nongovernment, privately owned
entity in this state.
(10) "Public safety radio services" means all radio services of
state, county, or municipal governments, as defined in Part 89 of
the Rules and Regulations of the Federal Communications
(11) "Record" means a group of related fields of data used to
electronically store data about a subject, such as an employee,
customer, vendor, or other entity, or a transaction.
(12) "Technology" or "technology resources" means hardware,
software, and communications equipment, including, but not limited
to, personal computers, mainframes, wide and local area networks,
servers, mobile or portable computers, peripheral equipment,
telephones, wireless communications, public safety radio services,
facsimile machines, technology facilities including but not
limited to, data centers, dedicated training facilities, and
switching facilities, and other relevant hardware and software
items as well as personnel tasked with the planning,
implementation, and support of technology.
(13) "Technology enterprise management" means methods for managing
technology resources for all agencies, considering the priorities
of state planners, with an emphasis on making communications and
sharing of data among agencies feasible and ensuring opportunities
of greater access to state services by the public.
(14) "Technology policy" means processes, methods, and procedures
for managing technology, technology resources, and technology
(15) "Technology portfolio management" means an approach for
analyzing and ranking potential technology investments based upon
state priorities and a cost benefit analysis to include, but not
be limited to, calculated savings, direct and indirect, and
revenue generation related to technology expenditures and
selecting the most cost-effective investments. The minimization
of total ownership costs, i.e. purchase, operation, maintenance,
and disposal, of technology resources from acquisition through
retirement while maximizing benefits is to be emphasized.
(c) The purpose of the authority shall be to provide for procurement
of technology resources, technology enterprise management, and
technology portfolio management as defined in this chapter, as well
as the centralized marketing, provision, sale, and leasing, or
execution of license agreements for access on line or in volume, of
certain public information maintained in electronic format to the
public, on such terms and conditions as may be determined to be in
the best interest of the state in light of the following factors:
(1) The public interest in providing ready access to public state
information for individuals, businesses, and other entities;
(2) The public interest in providing ready access to state
information for other governmental entities, so as to enhance the
ability of such other governmental entities to carry out their
(3) Fair and adequate compensation to the state for costs incurred
in generating, maintaining, and providing access to state
(4) Cost savings to the state through efficiency in the provision
of public information; and
(5) Such other factors as are in the public interest of the state
and will promote the public health and welfare.
(d) The authority shall assist political subdivisions and other
entities created by the Constitution or laws of this state, or by
local governments, by setting forth policy initiatives for guidance
in the use of technology to improve services, reduce costs,
encourage technological compatibility, and promote economic
development throughout the state.
(e) Services related to the marketing, provision, sale, and leasing
or licensing of public information as provided in subsection (c) of
this Code section shall continue to be marketed under the service
mark of GeorgiaNet.