Virginia CIO ousted in contract dispute

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A Virginia state technology board ousted the state’s Chief Information Officer Lemuel Stewart Jr. shortly after Stewart apparently clashed with newly installed Secretary of Technology Leonard Pomata over a major information technology contract, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

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Stewart, who had been CIO of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency since 2004, was removed June 10 after criticizing a recent invoice related to a $2.3 billion state contract for IT services from Northrop Grumman Corp., the newspaper said. It cited reports that Stewart and Pomata have a disagreement about the contract.

Stewart was removed from his job by the agency’s oversight panel, the Information Technology Investment Board.

Pomata will succeed Stewart temporarily as Virginia's CIO.

Pomata on June 7 was named secretary of technology by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, replacing Aneesh Chopra, who became President Barack Obama’s Chief technology Officer. Pomata also is the chair of the technology board's IT Infrastructure Committee, which oversees the 10-year, $2.3 billion contract with Northrop Grumman to transform state government's IT infrastructure.

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Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

Reader Comments

Thu, Jun 25, 2009 Ex VITA Ex NG VA

The whole VITA - NG Public-Private Partnership was doomed from day 1.

There is no one capable of understanding the complex needs of many independent state Fiefdoms from a "service" standpoint. You MUST have people in each one of the "businesses" to UNDERSTAND the businesses' needs.

It is much, much more complex than just saving a few $$$ by combining purchasing power for a quantity of Personal Computers...

MC Lemmy Lem finally wises up, and the response is to bid him adieu. Can you imagine the friction if any member of the VA general public was sacked if they questioned an outrageous bill?

--* Wow *--

Mon, Jun 22, 2009

Northrop is also the largest employer in the state and one of the largest campaign contributors

Mon, Jun 22, 2009 Dennis Ashburn

Virginia Tax Payers deserve to know the whole truth. I don't know what that is but we should be afforded the opportunity to seek it, find it, discuss it then decide as citizens if we like it. The story as told so far is fishy to say the least. Seems both parties suffer from the same disease that ruined Rome.

Thu, Jun 18, 2009

Sounds like "politics" as usual and pride/power taking over priorities before the good tax paying citizens of the Commonwealth. Where's the govt transparency? I read just a brief caption of this story and I know I smelled trouble. My response -- VOTE and vote often starting at the top (Governor's office) and down to remove these people. Are their salaries, contracts or other pertinent info public knowledge? Sounds like these folks are appointed by friends:(

Mon, Jun 15, 2009

Is this the same Len Pomata that was formerly President of Litton/PRC back around the time Litton/PRC was sold to Northrop-Grumman?

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