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MNIT Chief Information Officer
Also known as:
Minnesota IT Services Commissioner
Provides leadership for state government's information and telecommunications technology resources and policies. Serves as principal technology advisor to the Governor. The office manages strategic investments in information and telecommunications technology systems and services to encourage the development of a technically literate society, to ensure sufficient access to and efficient delivery of government services, and to maximize benefits for the state government as an enterprise.
Active dates:August 15, 2005 -
The Office of Enterprise Technology (OET) was formed July 1, 2005, by Minnesota Statute 2005, Chapter 16E, in response to recommendations by the Minnesota Drive to Excellence, a 2005 report on reforming government services and processes. The statute combines two former units of the Department of Administration - the Minnesota Office of Technology and the InterTechnologies Group - into a cabinet-level agency led by the State Chief Information Officer (CIO).
"Citizens demand and deserve more and better service from their government," Governor Pawlenty said. "By creating this Commissioner level Cabinet position and with Gopal's exceptional leadership, we are now ready to take next steps to more strategically employ technology across all of state government and live up to our citizen commitment."
Gopal Khanna was appointed Minnesota's first State CIO by Governor Tim Pawlenty on August 15, 2005 and unanimously confirmed by the State Senate on March 20, 2006.
Carolyn Parnell was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on February 1, 2011.
In April, 2012 the Office of Enterprise Technology announced a name change to MN.IT Services. Their press release states: "A new name acknowledges the change that is happening everywhere, and begins to build the brand and mindset among staff and customers that all of the State's IT services are MN.IT Services. The new name provides additional clarity on roles and relationships among MN.IT offices and staff, and helps to describe the organization in a clear and consistent way."
In 2013, Governor Mark Dayton also bestowed the title of "Commissioner" on the MN.IT Chief Information Officer so that the members of his cabinet would all have the same title. 2013 Minn. Laws Chap. 134 Sec. 21 contained the addition of Commissioner to the title of Chief Information Officer.
Tom Baden was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on January 14, 2015. On December 28, 2017, Commissioner Baden announced he would retire from state service on February 2, 2018. At the end of January, Governor Dayton announced he would appoint Brigadier General Johanna Clyborne to serve as the next Minnesota IT Services Commissioner.
Governor of Minnesota
Gopal Khanna (2005 - 2010); Carolyn Parnell (2011 - 2014);Tom Baden (2015 - February 2, 2018); Johanna Clyborne (February 2, 2018 - )
Records of Chief Information Officer during the time of OET are located next to the Office of Enterprise Technology file in the Agency notebooks.
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