Matt Goes to Microsoft
Matthew J. Miszewski, former Wisconsin CIO, is now working at Microsoft, where he joined the Worldwide Public Sector Government Industry Team as industry manager for e-government/public services.

Miszewski, who holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and headed the state's IT program from 2002 to 2007, seems an unusual choice for Microsoft, given his liberal views on open source software in government.

But sometimes, odd couples make good partners.


From Local to State to Local
In March, Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian M. Fenty nominated Vivek Kundra as director of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer.
    
Most recently, Kundra served as the assistant secretary of commerce and trade for Virginia. Before joining Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine's Cabinet, he was the CEO of Creostar, a company focused on cyber-security and information warfare.
    
Kundra served as the vice president of marketing of Evincible Software, which was sold to Exostar. Before that, he was the director of IT of Arlington County, Va., where he was responsible for the government's strategic technology initiatives and focused on protecting critical national assets under homeland security.


New CIO for Buckeye State
In February, R. Steve Edmonson was sworn in as the state CIO and director of the Ohio Office of Information Technology. Prior to his new post, Edmonson worked for Cardinal Health as vice president of IT business management from 2003 to 2005, and as CIO and vice president of IT for a division of Cardinal Health from 1997 to 2003.

 

From Retail to Rhode Island
Also in February, John Landers was appointed Rhode Island CIO. Landers most recently held the position of vice president of IT for Filenes Department Stores, a $3.5 billion retailer, where he led several company mergers, integrations, network infrastructure upgrades and technological upgrades to legacy application systems. Landers' industry experience also includes 18 years with IBM.

 

Army Recruits New CIO
President George W. Bush nominated Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Sorenson as the Army's next CIO. He will replace retiring CIO Lt. Gen. Steven Boutelle. Sorenson has been deputy of acquisition and systems management in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology since 2004.