Saturday, June 28, 2003
Another Utah CIO in Trouble?

Val Oveson is the newest CIO in Utah. A story in today's Salt Lake Tribune alleges that he has responsibility for a bungled IT system while he was at Tax and raises the question of a possible conflict of interest with respect to his oversight of the system and the next job he got.

I think its fascinating how IT is suddenly something the papers are covering with some regularity. This story isn't anything that hasn't been known for years, so its interesting that its being raised now. I doubt that Dan Harrie just woke up one morning and thought "let's check in on that IT system screw-up at Tax." Someone's after Oveson and its being played pretty well. This is more subtle than the usual tricks played in ITS. Looks like legislative staff work to me. North is the direction I'd look.

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