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Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has named Gopal Khanna to serve as the state’s first CIO

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has named Gopal Khanna to serve as the state’s first CIO

Khanna served in the Bush administration both as CIO and chief financial officer (CFO) of the Peace Corps. While serving as CIO from 2002 to 2003, he helped establish a standardized computing platform for the agency’s 72 posts worldwide and created an enterprise architecture program

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has named Gopal Khanna to serve as the state’s first CIO

Minnesota names Khanna CIO

By William Welsh
Deputy Editor

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has named Gopal Khanna, a former federal chief information officer, to serve as the state’s first CIO, the governor’s office announced this week. Khanna begins work Aug. 15.

Khanna served in the Bush administration both as CIO and chief financial officer (CFO) of the Peace Corps. While serving as CIO from 2002 to 2003, he helped establish a standardized computing platform for the agency’s 72 posts worldwide and created an enterprise architecture program. After he was appointed CFO one year later, he helped transform the Peace Corps’ accounting and financial management systems.

Pawlenty created the Cabinet-level position of CIO to provide leadership for the state government’s IT and telecommunications resources and policies, as well as to serve as the principal technology adviser to the governor.

Through internal restructuring, Khanna will lead the newly created Minnesota Office of Enterprise Technology, with a budget of $83 million and staff of more than 300. Minnesota spends about $600 million per year on IT.

Khanna holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, mathematics and political science from Christ Church College in Kanpur, India, and a master’s in business administration from the University of Maine.




Gopal Khanna New Minnesota State CIO

Gopal Khanna New Minnesota State CIO
News Staff
Jul 27, 2005
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Monday named Gopal Khanna to his Cabinet as the first State Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective August 15, 2005. Khanna, 55, a resident of Edina, Minnesota, recently served in the administration of President George W. Bush where he held several positions including CIO and CFO of the U.S. Peace Corps in Washington, D.C.

"Citizens demand and deserve more and better service from their government," Governor Pawlenty said. "By creating this commissioner-level cabinet position and with Gopal's exceptional leadership, we are now ready to take next steps to more strategically employ technology across all of state government and live up to our citizen commitment."

The appointment of the State CIO continues Pawlenty's internal government reform agenda known as the "Drive to Excellence" which began in September 2004. As a result of the "Drive" effort, in April of this year, Pawlenty issued executive orders to reform the state's information technology, grant management, purchasing, licensing, building codes, and property management operations.

The position of state CIO, which reports directly to the governor, was created to provide leadership for state government's information and telecommunications technology resources and policies, as well as to have a member of the Cabinet to serve as the principal technology advisor to the governor. The position pays $120,000.

Through internal restructuring, Khanna will now lead the newly created Office of Enterprise Technology, with a budget of $83 million and staff of over 300. Minnesota state government is estimated to spend $600 million per year on information technology through 66 different agencies, 1,000 networks and operates over 500 Web sites.

"The vision Governor Pawlenty has set before me is to improve government service through cost-effective use of technology," Khanna said. "I feel honored and humbled to have this opportunity to serve my state, and am looking forward to working with my colleagues to further the governor's reform agenda."

Khanna is credited with leading major reforms at the Peace Corps. He was responsible for successful implementation of standardized computing platform for the agency's 72 posts worldwide; design and implementation of an enterprise architecture program which serves as the framework for the agency's systems modernization strategy; and transformation of financial management systems.

Khanna resides in Edina with his wife Anjali and two children. Prior to his service in the administration of President George W. Bush, Khanna was in the private sector where he held several senior executive positions in information technology, operations, and management consulting. Khanna has a B.A. in economics, mathematics, and political science from Christ Church College in Kanpur, India, and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Maine.





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By Anonymous (bambam.cache.state.mn.us - 64.8.190.50) on Wednesday, February 07, 2007 - 12:01 pm: Edit Post

Who are Tim Pawlenty's Cabinet Maembers??? I need so much help.


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