MN CIO to step down in December

According to a release yesterday by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Gopal Khanna, the state’s Chief Information Officer, will be stepping down from his position as of December 15, 2010. Khanna is credit with saving the state over $200 million since coming onboard in 2005, as well as starting a number of initiatives that have helped the state in areas of cyber security and shared services.

“Gopal is a nationally recognized visionary with a tireless commitment and passion for good government,” Governor Pawlenty said in a statement. “Gopal has led our efforts to manage information technology as an enterprise program and leveraged public-private partnerships to make government more efficient, effective, and citizen-centric.”

Khanna is a former president of the National Association of State CIOs (2008-09) and he also served the Bush administration for three years in several senior policy positions including CFO of the Executive Office of the President.

According to officials in Gov. Pawlenty’s office, Mr. Khanna has not yet announced his future plans.

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