The reorganization was passed by Legislature during the 2012 legislative session and KRS 42.742 became effective as amended on July 12, 2012. The Commonwealth Office of Technology was officially created within the Finance and Administration Cabinet. Four Offices, each headed by an Executive Director, were established: The Office of Enterprise Technology, The Office of Infrastructure Services, The Office of Application Development, and The Office of Chief Information Security Officer. Finance Secretary, Lori Hudson Flanery, continued as the Interim Chief Information Officer and Steve Rucker continued as Commissioner.
In March Kentucky launched the upgraded Kentucky Emergency Warning System (KEWS), a $46.5-million high-speed digital public safety network capable of carrying voice, data and video traffic. The IT Infrastructure Initiative (I.3) announced in September the transfer of operational control of all executive branch IT infrastructure services, equipment and employees to COT. A new contract for Managed Print Services (MPS) was awarded to Xerox in November, The commonwealth entered into a contract with Cyrus One to establish an Alternate Data Center. Additionally, COT implemented a new SIP based Enterprise VoIP Telephone system that provides advanced communication features including presence status (user availability at a glance), instant messaging, ad hoc video conferencing, audio/web conferencing, and mobile phone integration.