Oregon, Oregon capital building, Salem MeriTalk Interview: Oregon Assistant CIO Crucial to Modernization Effort
State organizations are often confusing labyrinths – and difficult for laymen and even policy wonks to clearly understand – but in the case of Oregon state government IT functions the line of responsibility is clear with state Chief Information Officer (CIO) Terrence Woods reporting directly into Gov. Tina Koteck as a member of her cabinet.
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