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Online library. State, federal and other CIOs now can search for best-practices guides, issue briefs and other technology information through a new online resource library launched by the National Association of State CIOs.

The Strategic Materials and Resources Tool gives NASCIO members information on enterprise architecture, e-commerce, funding models, communications technology, privacy, procurement and security.

'SMART is a comprehensive clearinghouse from multiple sources of information that will serve as an excellent network of resources for state CIOs and other NASCIO members,' said Gerry Wethington, NASCIO president and Missouri CIO.

NASCIO plans to add private-sector information as well.

The association also today began making available a new survey of CIOs in 42 states and the District of Columbia. NASCIO is selling the report, which profiles state CIOs and their executive IT authority, privacy and security policies, and upcoming priorities.

Same as it was. Ohio Gov. Bob Taft last month issued an executive order creating the cabinet-level position of state CIO.

Wait a minute. Wasn't there already an Ohio CIO?

Well, yes. Since January 2000, Gregory Jackson has been the assistant director of Ohio's Administrative Services Department, where he has overseen the IT governance and service delivery divisions. The executive order gives Jackson greater authority over the state's IT spending, said Ben Piscitelli, spokesman for Administrative Services. Jackson will be a part of the governor's cabinet and report directly to Taft.

'State IT budgets will be funneled through Jackson first,' Piscitelli said. 'Then they'll go to the state's Office of Budget and Management.'

New at the top. Virginia officials completed a four-month search by naming Lemuel C. Stewart as the state's CIO.

Stewart, who took over the position last month, will handle the day-to-day operations of the state's IT systems and will answer to the IT Investment Board. The state legislature created the board in July to carry out Gov. Mark Warner's IT reform agenda. Warner named George Newstrom, then the state CIO, to lead the board, leaving the CIO's position vacant.

Stewart will also monitor IT trends, developing a statewide strategic IT plan, and planning for the acquisition and management of IT.

Stewart was the president of Executive Partners of Glen Allen, Va., a business and IT consulting firm. He also has more than 30 years of experience in IT, including serving as the president of the EDI Healthcare Services Division for Quadramed Corp. of San Francisco and as president of Health Communications Services Inc. for Trigon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Virginia.

Stewart graduated from East Tennessee State University and Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary.

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