Alex Pettit started as the state’s chief information officer on Jan. 6. He’s now directly in charge of the information systems at all of the agencies in the executive branch. That includes the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Corrections, the Oregon State Police, and the Oregon Healthcare Authority, for starters). He also oversees all of the government systems outside that branch, including — perhaps most dauntingly — Cover Oregon, along with the Secretary of State’s office, which recently suffered a cyber attack from overseas.
We’ll talk to Pettit about his plans for his new role and how Oregon’s use of information technology can improve.