Governor McAuliffe announces new Virginia chief information officer

virginia-newGovernor Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that Nelson Moe has been appointed as the new Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As technology plays a more vital role in the Commonwealth’s day-to-day operations, Nelson will look to further modernize the state’s IT program so that taxpayers get the best service and greatest value possible for their dollar. Moe’s experience prior to coming to the Commonwealth includes serving as the CIO for the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Nelson Moe as Virginia’s new Chief Information Officer,” said Governor McAuliffe. “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. I want to applaud the work done by Secretary Karen Jackson and her team throughout this selection process.”

Moe’s primary responsibilities at the House of Representatives were to craft an information technology vision; enterprise strategic planning; and cybersecurity operations, along with IT services and project management for the members, leadership, committees and staff. Previously Moe finished a career in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer and then worked in the private sector for several small IT startups. He has recently advised several small IT/cyber companies on service development and is currently a contributor to the Institute of Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) and the Government Technology Research Alliance (GTRA). Moe will start as Virginia’s CIO on June 8th.

“It is a distinct privilege to be selected as the CIO for the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Nelson Moe. “I look forward to being part of the Commonwealth’s team and serving the citizens of this great state.”

“The CIO plays a vital role in crafting and implementing the IT infrastructure of any state,” said Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson. “I am excited that Nelson Moe will be the one carrying out that vision for the Commonwealth.”

The Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) is the Commonwealth’s consolidated information technology organization. VITA is a unique organization, pioneering a 21st century model for information technology governance and operational excellence. The creation of VITA represents the most comprehensive reform of state government information technology in the nation and firmly establishes Virginia as a leader in the use of technology in government.


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