Nearly half of all US states have had bills introduced requiring government contractors to use software for logging their workers’ activities in minute detail. This is according to the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). (Route Fifty, February 21, 2019)
Most of these bills necessitate contractors to install software that automatically verifies hours billed. New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island require software that takes a screenshot of the “state-funded” activity every three minutes\ and stores the data for seven years. Additionally, New Jersey and Pennsylvania proposals require logging keystroke and “mouse” event frequency. (ibid)
For the first time in over 15 years, NASCIO has weighed in and opposed the proposed bills. The NASCIO executive committee stated the bills do “not reflect the complexity necessary to protect data” and they are “highly prescriptive.” Furthermore, they say requirements in the bills pose “significant risks to citizen privacy and federal regulatory compliance concerns.” Meanwhile, TransparentBusiness supports the bills because they promise to “save your state tens of millions of dollars by simply requiring state contractors to provide transparent verification of billable hours.”(Route Fifty, February 21, 2019)
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