Texas CIO Steps Down

Carolyn Purcell is leaving at the end of the month after nine years as executive director of the state's Department of Information Resources.
One of the longest-serving state CIOs, Carolyn Purcell, will step down on Aug. 31 after nine years as executive director of the Texas Department of Information Resources.

A departmental spokesman says Purcell hasn't announced any career plans after her departure and that she hasn't had any discussions with the Bush administration about taking over another highly visible, vacant government IT post, that of administrator for E-government and IT at the White House Office of Management and Budget. That de facto federal CIO post was held by Mark Forman.

The Department of Information Resources, like many Texas government entities, is an independent agency. The department's board of directors will meet on Aug. 27 to discuss replacing Purcell. At that meeting, the board could name a permanent or interim CIO or decide to institute a search for a new IT leader, the spokesman says.

Among Purcell's main accomplishments during her term: championing, the state portal that delivers public services and information and saves taxpayers money; consolidating data services at a center in San Angelo; Y2K 2000 remediation; and establishing volume purchase pricing for IT goods and services.

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