Vermont hires a new CIO

Robin Siss has been appointed Vermont's chief information officer and will head the new Department of Information and Innovation, Gov. Jim Douglas announced this week.

Siss, 49, has more than 25 years of management experience, according to the governor's office. She replaces Patricia Urban.

Siss has worked for various companies, including IDX Inc., Xerox Corp., Alltel Corp., Central Vermont Public Service and the Vermont National Bank.

The new IT department will benefit substantially from her skills and experience in contract negotiation, vendor oversight and customer relationship management, Douglas said.

'Robin has great experience negotiating contracts and handling IT vendors,' he said. 'Her experience in customer relationship management will be key in shaping our new IT group into a proficient provider of customer service to other state employees and to state residents.'

The appointment of a high-level CIO and the creation of a new department have been among Douglas' highest priorities, the Republican governor said.

State legislators overwhelmingly supported the new IT department in the last legislative session, he said.

All 50 states have an executive designated to oversee information technology investments, although not all are called CIOs and their authority varies from state to state.

William Welsh writes for Washington Technology magazine.

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