Office of Information Technology

Chief Information Officer Jim Smith

In January 2005, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) was created by Executive Order, consolidating functions, staff, and equipment from the Bureau of Information Services (BIS) and all Executive Branch Agencies. The consolidation was done primarily to promote State-wide information technology solutions and use of information efficiently across government. Since the consolidation, OIT has been delivering the full range of technology services to the Executive Branch, and selected services (such as e-mail and network support) to non-Executive Branch agencies.

OIT provides technology support and strategic leadership for 12,000 Executive Branch employees, 14 Cabinet-level departments, and all the smaller agencies in the Executive Branch. It also provides network support for the Judicial Branch, and it supports Maine Citizens through the web portal, public safety radio project, ConnectME broadband expansion, and other important initiatives.

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) directs, coordinates, and oversees information technology (IT) policymaking, planning, architecture, and standardization throughout state government. The CIO, as head of OIT, provides central leadership and vision in the use of information and telecommunications technology on a statewide basis; sets policies and standards for the implementation and use of information and telecommunications technologies; develops and supports IT-related legislation; identifies and implements IT business and project management best practices; and facilitates research and development activities to identify and establish effective IT service delivery.

The bureau has two major organizations:

  • Application Systems
  • Core Technology Services (Infrastructure and Customer Support)

The bureau has a number of other divisions:

  • Business Process Management
  • Cyber Security
  • IT Architecture and Policy
  • Finance
  • Project Management Office
  • Technology Business Consultants
  • Vendor Management / Contracts
  • Workforce Development
  • ConnectME Authority

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