The new CIO of the State of Oregon, Terrence Woods, who oversees government-wide IT and innovation eﬀorts, specifies cybersecurity, legacy system modernization and increased connectivity for the 600-plus public agency locations as his state’s top priority. Recent centralization of IT work in Oregon bolstered the CIO’s job as one of providing shared services, especially as it applies to work related to GIS and data- driven decisions. The state is now working to hire its first Chief Data Oﬃcer (CDO) thereby joining a growing list of states to add one. According to Woods: “We’re rich with data, this is a new program, and there’s going to be a lot of collaborative work between state agencies and the new CDO.”
The UAE Federal government, and various Emirate-level governments, have undergone a major digitization eﬀort and have now committed themselves to ambitious digitalization plans that require high levels of coordination, collaboration and data sharing. The model that the government of the State of Oregon has decided to adopt, in which the government connects with 600-plus public agencies spread across the state, is an interesting model worth studying and extracting lessons from. The priorities identified by Oregon’s new CIO also represent an important set of priorities to consider as a benchmark.
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