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GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ANNOUNCES ISABEL FITZGERALD AS SECRETARY OF MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY



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GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ANNOUNCES ISABEL FITZGERALD AS SECRETARY OF

MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 8, 2013) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Isabel FitzGerald as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT). Ms. FitzGerald has served as Governor O’Malley’s Deputy Secretary for Operations at the Department of Human Resources since 2012.

“I am pleased Isabel has chosen to serve the people of Maryland as our State’s Secretary of Information Technology,” said Governor O’Malley. “At the Department of Human Resources, she worked diligently to improve data security, and implement new and innovative strategies to provide infrastructure and support for Maryland’s most disadvantaged residents. With her exceptional talents, skills and experience, I am confident that the Department will flourish under her leadership.”  

DoIT coordinates, purchases and manages all telecommunications devices and systems utilized by state agencies. The secretary of information technology will lead chief information officers of all agencies to streamline business processes across state government, achieve cost-savings through economies of scale, and coordinate initiatives related to security, disaster recovery and continuity of operations.

“Technology is a critical part of making government better serve the people of Maryland,” said Ms. FitzGerald. “I am grateful to the Governor for this opportunity to serve, and I look forward to driving change through collaboration and innovations in technology.”

Ms. FitzGerald has devoted the majority of her career to public service. She served as the Chief Information Officer for the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) for five years, and most recently as the Deputy Secretary for Operations since December 2012.  During her tenure, she delivered a state of the art Electronic Benefits program that simplified the issuance of benefits and improved data security. She also oversaw an initiative to renew the technology available to State workers that had a dramatic impact on worker productivity and customer service. Additionally, Ms. FitzGerald worked to streamline and consolidate IT services and strategically procure services that saved DHR $10 million annually.

Prior to joining DHR, Ms. FitzGerald was the Director for the National Health and Human Services Practice for a global consulting firm.  In this role she provided strategic and tactical leadership to address the challenges facing health and human services agencies and programs. During her consulting career, she worked with dozens of agencies in multiple countries to create transparency in government and develop emerging technologies.

Ms. FitzGerald replaces Maryland Department of Information Technology Secretary Elliot H. Schlanger, who has chosen to lead the Administration's cybersecurity efforts as Maryland’s Director of Cybersecurity - a new role that will help safeguard Maryland's cyber infrastructure and continue to ensure Maryland's position as a national leader in cybersecurity, technology, and innovation.

“It has been a privilege to serve under the leadership of Governor Martin O’Malley as Maryland’s first-ever Secretary of Information Technology,” Mr. Schanger said. “After almost six years as Secretary of IT, I am well positioned to accept and welcome my next important mission to lead the State’s cyber resilience initiatives as the Director of Cyber Security.

Governor O’Malley named Mr. Schlanger as the first Department of Information Technology Secretary for the State of Maryland in 2007. During his tenure, Mr. Schlanger oversaw the successful American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant application, award and implementation of the One Maryland Broadband Network (OMBN). This project fosters economic development, improves public safety interoperability, and extends and/or interconnects existing networks through every county in the State. He also provided executive leadership for the State’s 700 MHz Radio Communications Project and  introduced a brand new Maryland.gov portal that has received national recognition.