- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 2, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Computer maintenance work across most agencies has been consolidated into one office.

The newly-created Office of Technology Services began operations Tuesday with the start of the new budget year.

Lawmakers signed off on the merger plan, pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration, in the recent legislative session.

This year’s budget assumes $25 million in savings from the consolidation. The savings will come from merging software licenses, hardware maintenance agreements and contract services, from increased bulk purchasing of computer products and from cutting vacant jobs.

The new technology services office is under the oversight of Jindal’s Division of Administration. It will have more than 800 state employees.

Higher education and elected officials are excluded from the consolidation.