Three states gain CIOs

Three states gain CIOs

Randall Bradford, Arkansas CIO

New CIOs took charge in Arkansas, where Randall Bradford took over, Maryland, where Linda Burek was named, and Nevada, where Terry Savage will oversee IT activities.

Incoming Arkansas CIO Bradford defended the state's much-criticized accounting system. The system's hardware and software platforms are stable, he said, and many of the system's problems stem from inadequate training.

Within his first few months at the helm, Bradford plans to make sure agency personnel receive the needed training on the accounting system so the new technology will run smoothly.

'This is definitely not an across-the-board failure, as many would believe,' he said. 'It has worked smoothly in a number of agencies, and the greatest factor in determining how successful it is comes down to training.'

Bradford's initial priority is to rectify the accounting system. He also plans to expand his office's reach by setting up a CIO council to bridge communication gaps among state agencies and have technology workers from different agencies develop IT projects and standards.

Linda Burek, who was the deputy assistant attorney general for IRM at the Justice Department, replaces Alisoun K. Moore, who left the state government to become CIO of Montgomery County, Md.

During her four-year tenure at Justice, Burek was the head of the systems technology staff and deputy CIO. She helped design and implement the Justice Consolidated Office Network, an automated platform that serves more than 20,000 PCs.

Nevada's Gov. Kenny Guinn appointed Terry Savage CIO. Savage joined Nevada's IT Department in January 2000 as deputy director for technical operations and became its director in August 2000.

As CIO, Savage manages policy and serves as chairman of the Nevada IT Operations Committee, a group of eight teams that focus on planning, security, e-government, standards, project oversight, work force, justice integration and content management.

Savage said he wants enterprisewide coordination on IT issues. 'I don't want to merge everyone into one department, but we want to make sure everyone talks, set some enterprisewide standards, and get schedules with vendors.'

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