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Florida Makes Interim CIO Jason Allison Permanent

Florida's interim CIO Jason Allison impressed enough people to turn the job into something more permanent.

Florida Interim CIO Jason Allison became the state’s permanent CIO on Dec. 9, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced. Allison, who was named to the interim position in July, has in recent months received kudos for his achievements around managing the state’s Agency for State Technology (AST), recruitment of support personnel, and headway in development of a state technology plan.

“I am confident Jason will do a great job managing and overseeing the state’s technology projects,” Scott stated in a press release.

Florida has had a tumultuous relationship with its technology office, having created and then defunding the IT agency before refunding the office -- and renaming it -- this year.

Allison served as the information technology policy coordinator in the governor’s Office of Policy and Budget from 2012 to 2014, and before that served as CIO for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Allison also served as a consultant at the Agency for Enterprise Information Technology and a management information systems director at the Florida Department of Health’s Division of Disease Control.

Under Allison’s direction, the Agency for State Technology will review all technology purchases in excess of $250,000 and establish project management standards for any project exceeding $10 million.