Boersma to head Michigan's new IT department

Boersma to head Michigan's new IT department

George Boersma became acting director of Michigan's newly created IT Department last week. He had been the state CIO in the IT Solutions Office for the past five years. Gov. John Engler formed the new department to oversee all state IT functions and personnel.

Boersma will have many of the same duties he had as CIO, he said. The department will lead efforts to re-engineer the state's IT infrastructure, oversee project policies and contract management principles, serve as general contractor between the state's IT users and vendors, and develop statewide IT standards.

Because all IT personnel will be brought under the new umbrella, consolidating functions is quite possible, Boersma said. The department's budget likely will come from each agency's IT appropriations, although details are not fixed.

'There is potential for a lot of change,' Boersma said. 'We will have a pretty good ideas in the next 30 to 60 days of how the department will take shape.'

Boersma said he did not know the timetable for naming a permanent director.

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