We’re reimagining how we address aging technology to pave the way for the future of digital government.   

We’ll get there by modernizing our technology infrastructure and rebuilding a foundation to develop new ways of delivering government services digitally.  Along the way, we will reduce our digital footprint by retiring outdated and unsupported systems that are part of the technical debt accumulated over decades. Our Tech Debt Digital Guide is a look at the work currently underway and our plans for 2024. 

Technical (tech) debt is the cost of maintaining legacy technology - a challenge faced by the public and private sectors. The state has an estimated $465 million in tech debt—the cost of equipment and staff time to keep unsupported and insecure older technology running to deliver services—stemming from aging infrastructure, end-of-life applications, and systems with security vulnerabilities. When it isn’t addressed, the consequences can be severe, and its impacts stretch across organizations.

The State of Colorado cannot advance digital government services with outdated and unsupported legacy systems.

The tech debt remediation portfolio launched in July 2022 with three main pillars:

The tech debt remediation portfolio launched the second phase in 2024 with two additional pillars:

As we work to think differently about the creation of a digital government with state services accessible to all, we are continuing to add projects to our tech debt portfolio that will allow us to modernize our technology infrastructure. 

Why are we doing this?

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The first phase of our technical debt remediation work focused on the following three areas:

The second phase of our technical debt remediation work will focus on the following two areas: