Nelson Moe Virginia CIO

Virginia gets a new CIO

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe named Nelson Moe to be the Commonwealth CIO and run the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, which is responsible for the state’s IT infrastructure.

McAuliffe made the announcement late last month.  According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, the appointment comes as the state considers restructuring its contracts for technology services in an effort to save money, update their systems, and meet cybersecurity concerns.

“Mr. Moe is a high-energy, results-driven information technology executive with a track record of leadership in a variety of roles throughout his career,” the governor said in his announcement.

Prior to coming to the Commonwealth, Moe served as the CIO for the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was responsible for IT vision, planning, budget, security, services and project management. He is also a contributor to the Institute of Critical Infrastructure Technology and the Government Technology Research Alliance.

Moe, who will start his position June 8, replaces Eric Link, who was named the interim director earlier this year after Sam Nixon gave up his post to become the chief administrative officer of the State Corporation Commission.

“The CIO plays a vital role in crafting and implementing the IT infrastructure of any state,” said Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson. Moe’s job, Jackson told the Times Dispatch, will be “keeping the lights on and keeping everybody secure. Cybersecurity is a high priority for the governor.”

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Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.


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