For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Contact: Caleb Hunter (515) 725-2017
State Announces Implementation of the Office of the Chief Information Officer
Office to increase efficiency while providing superior service to Iowans
Des Moines – Today, the Iowa Department of Administrative Services (DAS) and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) announced the implementation of the Office of the Chief information Officer for the management and direction of the state’s information technology resources. This change implements Senate File 396 passed during the 2013 legislative session with broad bipartisan support in both chambers. Effective July 1, 2014, all DAS Information Technology Enterprise employees will become employees of the Office of the Chief Information Officer.
“The creation of our new department is part of an effort to promote collaboration across state entities and use all government resources effectively and efficiently while providing service to the people of Iowa,” said Chief Information Officer Robert von Wolffradt. “The shift to the OCIO supports a fundamental change in the culture of IT service delivery in government. The OCIO culture is one of adding value to every interaction with agencies and partners.”
“This change has my full support and I look forward to the improved operations and efficiencies I know this team has the ability to implement,” said DAS Director Janet Phipps. “The mission and direction of DAS and the OCIO given by the Iowa Code and the Governor’s Office remains the same and I am confident this change will allow our two agencies to best serve the other executive branch departments.”
Change will continue throughout the information technology areas of executive branch agencies as the Office of the Chief Information Officer continues to be established and implemented per Iowa Senate File 396.