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Briefs: Colorado’s Chief Data Officer Steps Down

Ohio CIO Sam Orth takes education job; Twitter banned on some computers at Massachusetts Capitol.

Colorado’s chief data officer, Micheline Casey, has stepped down.

Casey came to Colorado government after a decade working on identity management in the private sector. The chief data officer, thought to be unique to Colorado’s government, is in charge of overseeing the state’s enterprisewide data strategy.

Casey’s last day was Friday, Jan. 28, according to an e-mail from her. She was the first person to hold the position of chief data officer for the Colorado Office of Information Technology.

Because the new state CIO has not been named yet, Casey’s former position will remain vacant until the CIO is appointed and can appoint a new chief data officer, Casey said.

Ohio CIO Sam Orth Takes Education Job

As more CIOs leave office, Ohio’s is also saying goodbye.

Ohio CIO Sam Orth announced Friday, Jan. 28, in an e-mail to his colleagues that he has left his post to take the position of chief technology officer for the Ohio Education Computer Network, an IT provider to public schools. He began his new position Monday, Jan. 31.

Orth was appointed CIO in February 2009, after serving as interim state CIO after Steve Edmonson resigned in October 2008. Ohio has not yet announced who will replace Orth as CIO.

Under Orth’s leadership, the state drastically reduced IT spending with a statewide consolidation initiative that cut down the number of the state’s physical servers. These and other efforts helped improve the state’s IT systems.

Twitter Blocked on Massachusetts Capitol Computers

Massachusetts recently announced that microblogging website Twitter is now blocked from use on the Capitol building’s computers.

The building’s technology department was concerned that using the site would lead to viruses attacking the computers.

The news has generated mixed responses from Massachusetts lawmakers, and although tweeting on Capitol computers is no longer allowed, lawmakers can still tweet on their personal computers and phones.