Michael McVicker

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

  • Former Chief Information Officer, State of Washington, Department of Information Services
  • Former Chief Information Officer, State of Washington, Employment Security Department

Key Areas of Expertise:

  • IT Strategic Planning and Enterprise Architecture
  • IT Leadership, Organization and Management
  • IT Contract Management and Negotiations
  • IT Project Management
For 30 years, Mike McVicker has dedicated his career to the State of Washington.  Joining Washington in 1984 in the Washington central data center, he rose through the ranks to become Assistant Director of Computing Services for six years, the Assistant Director of Telecommunication Services for four years, the Deputy Director of Operations and finally the Director of the Department of Information Services.  During this time Washington led the transformation into utilizing the Internet for the delivery of state services to the public and was recognized by the Center for Digital Government three times with the Digital State Award and placed third or better for eight years running.
In 2006, Mike moved to the Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) and was the Assistant Commissioner of Information Technology and CIO for seven years supporting the Unemployment Insurance and the Workforce Invest Act programs for Washington.  During his tenure at ESD, Mike led the modernization and standardization of IT technology and services across the agency including the desktop, network, database environments, data security, and application architecture.  In addition, Mike was responsible for managing the $65 million project to replace the 1960’s era Unemployment Insurance Tax System with a modern web services based UI tax system that was deployed in 2013.  These efforts all occurred while responding to the significant challenges of the unemployed during the national recession of 2008.
In addition to his State service, Mike served on the Information Technology Committee of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), the national board for the National Association of State Telecommunications Directors (NASTD), served as the Western Region President of the NASTD, the Information Processing Management Association (IPMA) board and was Committee Chair and Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America.
Mike received the “In the Arena” award from the Center for Digital Government for demonstrated leadership in the management of Information Technology and the Governor’s Distinguished Management Leadership award in 2000 for sustained performance in the field of Information Technology.
Mike holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and the University of Minnesota – Mankato.