Burek leaves Md. CIO post
- By Trudy Walsh
- Aug 23, 2002
Linda D. Burek has resigned as Maryland's CIO.
"Without the support of [Gov. Parris N. Glendening], it is impossible to continue in this position," she said last week. "I am resigning from state government to eliminate conflict of interest issues while pursuing other career opportunities."
Burek said Glendening asked her to leave, and she believes it was because of a 1999 Justice Department case about her brief employment by Software Performance Systems Inc.
The Arlington, Va., company was a leading contender for an enterprise architecture contract with the state.
During the procurement earlier this summer, a Baltimore Business Journal article revealed that Burek had worked briefly for Software Performance Systems and had been accused in 1999 by the federal government of channeling a 1998 contract to the company, which had offered her a job while she was director of the systems technology staff for the Justice Management Division. She subsequently worked nine days for the company before returning to Justice.
Justice's Criminal Division prosecuted the case. Burek agreed to pay the government $5,000 in exchange for the dismissal of any conflict-of-interest claims.
"I was promoted at Justice after I settled that case with the support of the inspector general," she said. Burek was deputy CIO at the department for four years before taking the Maryland CIO job last November.
Burek said she had done good work for the state during her 10-month tenure. She cited her stopping of a large contract with Computer Sciences Corp. that had cost Maryland $18 million but not resulted in the system originally planned.
Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.