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