Former Illinois CIO Sean Vinck Moves to Oregon

Oregon is amid a major transformation project and still grappling with health insurance portal issues, but now has the help of former Illinois CIO Sean Vinck.

by / April 8, 2015
David Kidd
David Kidd

Former Illinois CIO Sean Vinck headed west in February to help Oregon fix some problems.

For the past three months, Vinck has served as the Enterprise IT Transformation director for the state, and leads a broad transition toward becoming a service-oriented organization, according to his LinkedIn profile. Vinck, who was replaced in Illinois by former Chicago CIO Hardik Bhatt, is working alongside CIO Alex Pettit, once Oklahoma’s CIO.

Oregon is still recovering from its failed health insurance exchange efforts, which were canned in March after failing to enroll even a single Oregonian. Pending lawsuits with vendor Oracle are still being resolved. The state’s IT leadership has continued onward, signing a tax bill on April 3 that legislators hope will attract new broadband investment to the state, and launching a $400,000 entrepreneurial incubator program in February to kick-start new ideas.

Oregon CIO Alex Pettit told Government Technology last year after taking the helm in Oregon that the state needed to establish a clearer understanding of roles and responsibilities across its IT offices.

Oregon officials did not respond to requests for interview for this article.