Chief Information Officer

WHEREAS, each year the state of Louisiana spends several hundred million dollars on information technology (hereafter "IT");

WHEREAS, due to the sizable amount of the state of Louisiana's annual IT expenditures, the interests of the citizens of the state would be best served by the development and formulation of a master IT plan which correlates the IT expenditures of the executive branch to the priorities set forth in the state's strategic business plan for the efficient and effective administration of state government;

WHEREAS, Executive Order No. MJF 98-32 was issued on July 9, 1998, to create the position of chief information officer within the Division of Administration (hereafter "CIO") and to direct the CIO to develop, formulate, and implement a master IT plan and reorganize and consolidate the IT related operations and programs of the executive branch of state government; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary to replace Executive Order No. MJF 98-32 to clarify the duties and functions of the CIO;

NOW THEREFORE I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:


A. The Office of Information Technology and the position of chief information officer (hereafter "CIO") are created and established within the Executive Department, Office of the Governor, Division of Administration.

B. The CIO shall manage and direct the Office of Information Technology.


A. The CIO shall provide strategic direction and coordination of information technology (hereafter "IT") operations, programs, activities, and services for all the executive departments, agencies, entities, offices, boards, and/or commissions in the executive branch of state government with the exception of those operating under the authority of the Board of Regents, Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, Board of Supervisors of Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, Board of Supervisors of Community and Technical Colleges, or a statewide elected official other than the governor, unless their inclusion is requested, (hereafter "executive agencies").

B. The CIO shall also perform all duties and functions that the commissioner of administration deems necessary for the proper, efficient, and economical administration of IT operations, programs, activities, and services of the executive agencies including, but not limited to, the following:

1. overseeing the implementation of a master IT plan;

2. establishing IT standards and guidelines suitable for statewide application for hardware, software, services, contractual arrangements, consolidation of systems, and/or consolidation of management of systems;

3. reviewing, coordinating, standardizing, and approving IT strategic business technology planning, IT procurement, IT budgeting, and IT personnel;

4. implementing strategic IT planning, including the review and approval of the planning, design, acquisition, and operation of IT systems;

5. assessing the performance of IT systems and technology operations;

6. overseeing and/or coordinating the centralization of technology systems and data processing systems, including consolidation and outsourcing; and

7. overseeing telecommunication (voice data, video, etc.) systems.

SECTION 3: The CIO shall be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the governor.

SECTION 4: The salary of the CIO shall be determined by the commissioner of administration. Support staff, office facilities, and operating expenses for the Office of Information Technology and/or the CIO shall be provided by the Division of Administration.

SECTION 5: No provision in this Order shall be interpreted or construed so as to create any right of action, cause of action, and/or substantive, procedural, and/or equitable right enforceable by, or in favor of, any person or entity against the state of Louisiana, any department, commission, board, entity, agency, office, or political subdivision of the state of Louisiana, and/or any officer or employee thereof.

SECTION 6: All departments, commissions, boards, offices, entities, agencies, and officers of the state of Louisiana, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate in the implementation of the provisions of this Order.

SECTION 7: Executive Order No. MJF 98-32, issued on July 9, 1998, is hereby rescinded and terminated.

SECTION 8: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the state of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 13th day of March, 2001.

M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.

Fox McKeithen
Secretary of State