Massachusetts Creates New Technology Office

Massachusetts Creates New Technology Office

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has created a new technology office. The Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS) will work on providing digital information, services, and tools to constituents and service providers when and where they need them.

The creation of the office is part of the governor’s strategic plan to reorganize technology management across Massachusetts government. The office will take over and replace the Office of Information Technology (MassIT). Several new roles will come along with the reorganization, including the appointment of a chief information security officer (CISO), chief privacy officer, chief data officer, and chief digital officer.

Mark Nunnelly, the Executive Director of MassIT, will serve as Secretary of EOTSS and Chief Information Officer for the Commonwealth and supervise all activities concerning information technology of state agencies. EOTSS will focus on centralizing IT infrastructure services across the executive department and review and update policies and procedures governing state cybersecurity, digital platforms and data management.

According to a statement from the Governor’s Office, EOTSS will lead the transformation of the Commonwealth’s decentralized approach to IT infrastructure and service delivery. EOTSS will also be leading the transition to the redesigned mass.gov. The new office will operate under the FY 18 budget structure for MassIT and continue to use office space currently occupied by MassIT in Boston and Chelsea.

“This reorganization will help equip the many talented IT professionals across the state with the right structure, tools, and platform to secure our information and provide better service to our constituents,” said EOTSS Secretary Mark Nunnelly in a statement announcing the changes.