Arkansas’ IT agency, the Department of Information Systems (DIS), announced Oct. 15 that Director and Chief Technology Officer Claire Bailey has submitted her resignation, citing health reasons. Officially, Bailey is employed until Oct. 27, but the agency reported that Bailey is already on medical leave.
Under Bailey's leadership, the state implemented its Arkansas Wireless Information Network (AWIN) in 2006 — a 700/800 MHz radio system that eliminated some of the stovepipes between public safety agencies and jurisdictions.
"I've been in technology for a very long time, and where we've had the most success in any effort that we've done is when we've listened to the people who carry the radios," Bailey said of the implementation. "Personally, as a computer-science person, I've never walked into a burning building in a fireman's role and the radio either worked or failed."
Bailey also was named as one of Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2011, not only for her work on AWIN, but also for her involvement as co-chair of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers social media committee, which came to an agreement with Facebook that year that allowed for broader, more appropriate use of the site by state governments nationwide.
“It was a learning curve,” she said in 2011, “because when these tools come out — when you see the social impact and then you see governments start to adopt this way of communicating to a very broad constituent base — we really have to think about what those terms of service are and that impact from a legal perspective.”