Mass. CIO Quinn resigns

Massachusetts CIO Peter Quinn, a leader among state IT officers in the push towards open data standards, unexpectedly resigned this week.

In an e-mail to members of his staff, Quinn reportedly said his presence was undermining the IT division's efforts to adopt an open-standards initiative, called the Enterprise Technical Reference Model, by 2007.

Julie Teer, press secretary for Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, confirmed that Quinn had resigned, but said the state will continue to move toward adoption of open standards.

'The administration is not backing away from moving toward open-format software,' Teer said in an e-mail. 'In fact, we are moving steadily towards that deadline and we expect no changes in those rules.'

Quinn was not available for comment.

The CIO came under fire during the later stages of 2005. Earlier this year, the state senate launched hearings into what it called a lack of due process within the state's IT division and is now considering the creation of an IT review board to oversee state policies on the standardization of IT equipment and software.

This fall, Gov. Romney opened a review of six trips Quinn made to out-of-state conferences over the last two years.

The review found that Quinn had not violated any conflict-of-interest provisions, the Boston Globe reported.

Ethan Butterfield is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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