Since its inception, DLAS has purposefully carried out its mandate to represent the interests of the General Assembly in matters concerning computer technology, legislative information collection and dissemination, and publication production and distribution. By design, DLAS is set up to serve and support the General Assembly, its agencies, and the public where appropriate.
Specific duties identified in the Code of Virginia include the following:
- operate a data processing center
- establish and maintain a legislative information system
- obtain and manage publishing and printing services
- perform computing and programming services
- provide technical assistance, and
- collect fees to offset service and printing cost
The Director is appointed by and subject to General Assembly confirmation, and serves at the pleasure of the Committees on Rules of the House of Delegates and the Senate acting jointly.