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Georgia CIO Patrick Moore Steps Down

Under Patrick Moore’s leadership, Georgia embarked on one of the nation’s biggest IT outsourcing projects done by state government.

Patrick Moore, the executive director of the Georgia Technology Authority, has stepped down after four years for a private-sector job, the agency announced Wednesday, Jan. 5.

The resignation comes a week after Nathan Deal took over as Georgia’s new governor. Moore’s service likely will be remembered for his support of enterprisewide IT outsourcing in the Georgia state government, an effort he steered forward as similar pacts in other states found trouble.

During his appointment as executive director, Moore led Georgia during one of the nation’s most comprehensive IT outsourcing projects in state government, ceding much of its IT infrastructure provisioning and management to IBM and AT&T, beginning in 2009.

Work continues on the consolidation. As of fall 2010, the state has identified hundreds of at-risk servers and modernized them, founded a single 24/7 help desk, refreshed IT assets and prepared the state’s Tier IV data center to become a hosting environment.

Among Moore’s accomplishments, he led the creation of a modernized delivery model for IT services and helped bring to completion several state IT initiatives, including a new Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS). During his time, the Georgia Technology Authority also acquired a state-of-the-art data center and a new network backbone.

“Through improved transparency, the right partnerships and the willingness to change, we have implemented advancements in four years that the state has not seen since it started managing technology,” Moore said in a prepared statement.

Upon appointment in 2006, Moore immediately hired an outside company to assess the state’s technology services and infrastructure. The study found Georgia’s IT delivery inefficient and dysfunctional, so Moore accepted the consultant’s recommendation to consolidate the responsibility for managing the state’s technology infrastructure under the Georgia Technology Authority and outsource the delivery of services to the private sector.

“Under Patrick’s leadership, GTA has transformed the state IT enterprise and made Georgia a model state for technology governance,” former Gov. Sonny Perdue said in a statement. “Patrick’s leadership has enabled state agencies to take advantage of the benefits the marketplace has to offer and provide better value for taxpayers.”

Before working at Georgia Technology Authority, Moore served as deputy chief operating officer for Perdue. Previously Moore was deputy chief of staff in the Governor’s Office, and also served in other capacities in the executive branch.

Moore will start his new job at Hewlett-Packard next week.

No word on an interim director at the Georgia Technology Authority has been announced.

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