Samir Saini Resigns as NYC CIO, Leaves for Private Sector

Saini tendered his resignation as New York City's IT Commissioner and CIO June 13. The former Atlanta CIO was tapped to lead the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications in January 2018.

by / June 14, 2019
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New York City IT Commissioner and CIO Samir Saini resigned today to return to work in the private sector.

Saini tendered his resignation yesterday to First Deputy Mayor Dean Fuleihan and Deputy Mayor for Operations Laura Anglin, a release from the Office of the Mayor states.

Saini started his government career in 2010. He rose to become Atlanta’s CIO, where he was recognized as one of Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in 2017. He was tapped in January 2018 to succeed longtime Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) Commissioner Anne Roest upon her retirement.

“It’s been an honor to serve as DoITT’s Commissioner and Chief Information Officer and lead an incredible team tasked with delivering services critical to the core functioning of New York City government,” Saini said in a prepared statement. “I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished together to enhance services to over 100 City agencies and I thank Mayor de Blasio for the opportunity to work on behalf of the millions of New Yorkers who benefit from DoITT’s work every day.”

The chief information officer of the Department of Finance (DOF), Eusebio “Seb” Formoso, will serve as the interim IT commissioner, according to the release. While with DOF’s Finance Information Technology division, Formoso oversaw support for the department’s computer systems, applications, data security and network infrastructure.

City Hall spokeswoman Laura Feyer said Saini helped grow DoITT considerably during his tenure.

“In his year and a half of service, Samir established five new agency divisions, launched key web applications, expanded cell service to underserved communities across New York City and more,” she said. “Our city thanks him for his service.”

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Patrick Groves is a staff writer for Government Technology. Previously, he worked for five years at newspapers in Washington state, Idaho, Florida and Northern California. He has a Bachelor’s degree in communication from Washington State University and lives in Northern California.

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