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Gopal Khanna, CIO, President of NASCIO, Minnesota
Since being appointed Minnesota's first CIO four years ago, Gopal Khanna has developed an e-Government program for the state, cut $21 million out of the state's estimated $600 million annual IT budget by developing statewide hardware standards, and developed an IT master plan.
Recently Khanna closed a landmark deal with Microsoft in which Minnesota's Office of Enterprise Technology bulk purchased 32,000 software licenses for the same price that would have previously bought only 10,000 licenses. The deal will save the state $2.37 million in annual licensing fees.
Before joining the state of Minnesota, Khanna was CFO for the Executive Office of the President under President George W. Bush. Prior to that he was CIO and CFO of the Peace Corps, standardizing the computing platform for the organization's worldwide operations and issuing its first set of audited financial statements. Khanna also is the president of NASCIO, the National Association of State CIOs.