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State IT head cleared the air in briefings, top ND lawmaker says

Shawn Riley was appointed North Dakota's chief information officer Friday, March 10 2017. Photo provided by Gov. Doug Burgum's office.

BISMARCK—A top North Dakota lawmaker said Tuesday, March 27, legislators were in the dark about some recent efforts undertaken by the state's Information Technology Department, but its leader has since helped clear the air.

Legislative Management Chairman Ray Holmberg, a Grand Forks Republican state senator, thanked Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley in a letter Monday for providing information on plans to shift to cloud computing and his "unification initiatives." Riley previously described the latter effort as a "process to get all of the IT resources working in one direction."

Legislative leaders asked Riley last month to stop reorganizing his department and implementing other initiatives until lawmakers were briefed on his plans. He gave presentations to several legislative committees last week.

Holmberg asked that future updates include information on budget proposals and statutory changes that will be requested in next year's legislative session.

"We always have an opportunity to be better at communication," Riley said last week.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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