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

WHEREAS, the state of Louisiana's efforts to develop, formulate, and implement a master IT plan will be complimented and enhanced by the reorganization and consolidation of the state's related IT operations and programs under the supervision and direction of a chief information officer;

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:

SECTION 1: The office of chief information officer (hereafter "CIO") is created and established within the Executive Department, Office of the Governor, Division of Administration. The CIO shall provide strategic direction and coordination of information technology (hereafter "IT") operations, programs, activities, and services within the fifteen (15) executive departments operating under the authority of the governor and provide such services, upon request, for the five (5) executive departments operating under the authority of other statewide elected officials.

SECTION 2: The CIO shall be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the governor. Recommendations of persons qualified for appointment to the office shall be submitted to the governor by the commissioner of administration.

SECTION 3: The CIO shall manage and direct the Department of Information Technology established within the Executive Department, Office of the Governor, Division of Administration. The CIO shall also perform all duties and functions that the commissioner of administration deems necessary for the proper, efficient, and economical administration of the IT systems including, but not limited to, the following:

  • A. Overseeing the implementation of a master IT plan;

  • B. Establishing IT standards and guidelines suitable for statewide application for hardware, software, services, contractual arrangements, consolidation of systems, consolidation of management of systems, etc.;

  • C. Reviewing, coordinating, standardizing, and approving IT strategic business technology planning, IT procurement, IT budgeting, and IT personnel;

  • D. Implementing strategic IT planning, including the review and approval of the planning, design, acquisition, and operation of the IT systems;

  • E. Assessing the performance of IT systems and technology operations;

  • F. Overseeing and/or coordinating the centralization of the technology systems and data processing systems, including consolidation and outsourcing; and

  • G. Overseeing telecommunication (voice data, video, etc.) systems.
  • SECTION 4: The salary of the CIO shall be determined by the commissioner of administration. Support staff, office facilities, and operating expenses 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, or substantive, procedural, or equitable right enforceable by, or in favor of, any person or entity against the state of Louisiana or any department, commission, board, agency, political subdivision, or officer or employee thereof.

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

    SECTION 7: 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 9th day of July, 1998.

    M.J. "Mike" Foster

    Fox McKeithen
    Secretary of State