Secretary of Administration Announces Resignation of Commonwealth's Chief Information Officer

Oct 20, 2010, 13:50 ET from Pennsylvania Office of Administration

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Administration Christian Soura announced today that Deputy Secretary for Information Technology Brenda Orth will resign, effective Oct. 31.  

The commonwealth's chief technology officer, Tony Encinias, will serve as interim chief information officer while retaining his current position.  

Orth was appointed in January 2008. She previously served as chief technology officer for the commonwealth.  

"As the commonwealth's chief information officer, Brenda Orth has focused on providing world-class IT solutions to state agencies that deliver services to more than 12 million Pennsylvanians," said Soura. "Her leadership has enabled us to confront extraordinary budget pressures in a responsible fashion – by identifying and advancing our strategic priorities, and by taking an enterprise-wide approach to sharing personnel and infrastructure."

Pennsylvania earned one of the four highest grades in the nation on the Center for Digital Government's 2010 Digital States Survey, up from the state's 20th place finish prior to Orth's appointment as deputy secretary. Including two awards for IT initiatives received this year from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, Pennsylvania has been recognized by NASCIO eight times during her tenure. Overall, the state has received national recognition for innovation in IT on more than 20 occasions since 2008.

The Office of Administration's Office for Information Technology is responsible for leading and coordinating information technology services in the commonwealth, as well as overseeing technology policies, standards, architecture and solutions to enhance system interoperability, data security and cost-effectiveness of state agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction.  

Media contact: Dan Egan, 717-772-4237

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of Administration