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Dugan Petty,  Senior Fellow Center for Digital Government

Dugan Petty

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government
  • Former chief information officer, state of Oregon
  • Former risk manager, state of Oregon
  • Former state purchasing manager, state of Oregon
  • Former director of General Services, state of Alaska
  • Former chief procurement officer, state of Alaska

Key Areas of Expertise:

  • E-government - Citizen Engagement
  • Transparency and Open Government
  • IT Strategic Planning
  • IT Management and Governance
  • Procurement and Contracting
  • Multi-jurisdictional Collaboration
  • Strategic Sourcing

For 15 years, Dugan Petty served in Oregon state government. His goal was to improve its effectiveness at the enterprise level. He served as the state’s chief information officer for six years. His collaborative leadership led to a new e-government delivery system, open government applications, strengthening security, and improvements in IT governance.

He moved to Oregon in 1998 to become the state’s chief procurement official. During this time, he co-led a cross jurisdictional taskforce in the modernization of Oregon’s procurement statutes. In 2003-2004, he led a sourcing initiative called Smart Buy that improved contract outcomes and reduced spending. During this time, he gained a reputation as a trusted leader who could work with diverse groups to achieve consensus-based outcomes in procurement, risk management, sustainability, and information technology. 

Before coming to Oregon, he served in Alaska state government for over 24 years. He started his career in facilities management. His effectiveness as an innovator and leader was recognized, and he was promoted to deputy director of General Services and eventually director of General Services. Then, his knowledge and effectiveness in managing state procurement resulted in an appointment as the state’s chief procurement officer.

Dugan is a past president of both the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO). Additionally, he was a founding member and past chair of the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA). He received the Julio Mazzone Distinguished Service Award in public purchasing in 2004, and Government Technology magazine named Dugan one of its Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2011.

Petty holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon.