Tennessee CIO retiring
- By Dibya Sarkar
- May 14, 2001
After spending 30 years as an educator and government official, Dugger,
who headed the state's Office for Information Resources, cited personal
reasons for leaving. He and his wife want to devote more time to church
work and to a home security alarm business he has had for the past 20 years.
Dugger said he wanted to leave government on a high note, adding, "From
a standpoint with the state and where we are, we're in as good a position
as we've ever been in technology and with our relationships."
He said he was particularly proud about establishing better communications
with all state government branches, something he said was more important
than any technology changes. "The relationship with the legislature has
turned from an adversarial one to a positive working relationship," he said.
The state government also has developed an infrastructure based on a business
approach, which Dugger said helps it to assess the long-term costs of projects
"to get the most bang out of the Tennessee buck."
Regarding future challenges for the state, Dugger said the government must
tackle the digital divide and be careful to avoid creating a class of people
with access to government through technology vs. those without such access.
And as more citizens become connected, he said, government should be more
conscious of privacy issues. Both challenges are serious policy questions
that need to be addressed, he said.
Dugger is a past president of the National Association of State Information
Resource Executives, which recently changed its name to the National Association
of State Chief Information Officers. He was a member of the Federal/State
Y2K Policy Committee and the Intergovernmental Advisory Board for the U.S.
General Services Administration.
Dugger is the second state CIO within a week to announce he is leaving government,
following Washington CIO Steve Kolodney, who is joining the private sector.