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Virginia Governor Names Nelson Moe Next CIO

Sam Nixon's replacement is Nelson Moe, a military veteran, network engineer and former House of Representatives CIO.

Following the departure of Sam Nixon in February, Virginia has named a permanent replacement.

On May 26, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the appointment of Nelson Moe as chief information officer. Moe joins the commonwealth with 17 years’ experience with the U.S. Navy, a private-sector background in network engineering, and most recently holding several roles with the House of Representatives, including CIO.

“Mr. Moe is a high energy, results-driven information technology executive with a track record of leadership in a variety of roles throughout his career,” McAuliffe said in a written statement. “I want to applaud the work done by Secretary Karen Jackson and her team throughout this selection process.”

The governor’s office reports that Moe, who is relieving Eric Link, Virginia Information Technology Agency's executive director of legal and legislative services and interim CIO, will be charged with seeking IT reforms that save taxpayers money. Notable technology projects in recent state history include a Department of Transportation pilot that used data both for marketing and internal purposes, new voting machines that are intended to be less prone to glitches, and musings of a new cybersecurity agency to keep track of the growing threats against the state’s infrastructure.


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Colin wrote for Government Technology and Emergency Management from 2010 through most of 2016.