Connecticut CIO Mark Raymond Expected to Upgrade IT Systems

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Mark Raymond’s expertise will help the state update its systems and operate more efficiently.

by / May 23, 2011

Mark Raymond has been appointed state CIO by Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Raymond is scheduled to begin leading operations in the Department of Information Technology on June 2.

The state CIO position was formerly held by Diane Wallace, who was appointed in 2005 by then-Gov. Jodi Rell.

Raymond spent more than 20 years in the private sector and has experience serving as a consultant, according to the governor’s office. He’s been involved with projects in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts that focus on finance, payroll, human resources, budgeting, procurement, human services, revenue and transportation.

As a consultant, he worked with the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Highway Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Department of Transportation. He most recently served as the project director for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Raymond’s background will help the state update its systems and operate more efficiently, Malloy said.

“To say Connecticut is behind the technology curve is to greatly understate the severity of the state’s technology problem,” Malloy said in a statement. “These inefficiencies cost Connecticut taxpayers money, and in some cases, the inability to merge systems and allow agencies to share information is downright frustrating and even dangerous.”

A state audit last year called Connecticut’s e-government initiatives and IT management “sporadic” and “diffuse.” The finding also determined the state’s website presence should be upgraded, and that the state should enact a long-range technology strategy.

In his newly appointed position, Raymond will oversee the state’s Department of Information Technology’s consolidation into the Department of Administrative Services and operational responsibilities for the state’s technology infrastructure following the consolidation, according to the governor’s office.

“We need to better leverage technology to bring greater efficiency to state operations and more self service options to our citizens,” Raymond said in a statement. “This is particularly important given our current fiscal deficit.”

 

Sarah Rich

In 2008, Sarah Rich graduated from California State University, Chico, where she majored in news-editorial journalism and minored in sociology. She wrote for for Government Technology magazine from 2010 through 2013.