Mar 15, 2016

STATE REVENUE COMMISSIONER LEAVING TO HELM INFOTECH OFFICE

Reposted From State House News Service

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MARCH 15, 2016....A month from the annual tax-filing deadline, the Baker administration announced Tuesday that Department of Revenue Commissioner Mark Nunnelly is beginning a new job on April 4 as executive director of the state technology office.

The administration announced Nunnelly's new post in a press release, which was silent on whether he was resigning from his commissioner's job. An administration official subsequently told the News Service Nunnelly would leave his job as commissioner when he begins his new job.

The administration will announce a succession plan at the revenue department before Nunnelly departs, according to an official.

Gov. Charlie Baker said he was establishing the role of MassIT executive director and elevating the job to report directly to him. Nunnelly will lead an effort to "revamp and improve" the way that people interact online with government on matters ranging from licensing, health services, and tax filing.

The position would "create a more streamlined process in order to meet the IT demands of the Commonwealth," said Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore.

"I am excited to take on these responsibilities for the Baker-Polito Administration," Nunnelly said in a statement. "We have a large base of technology infrastructure to build from and are fortunate to be situated in an ecosystem of much innovation and talent which we will need to access to be successful in this effort."

State government has had difficulties with information technology in the past, most notably when failures at the Health Connector site during the Patrick administration left people frustrated and moved a group of people into temporary Medicaid coverage.

In November, the Boston Globe reported that Baker sought a change in state law that the Globe said "would allow his revenue commissioner to be paid $300,000 a year to sit on two major corporate boards, a move that has alarmed ethics specialists who say such a policy change would undermine the tax agency's integrity."

The Globe described Nunnelly as "a wealthy venture capitalist who has worked without a state salary since his appointment in March, and said Baker sought the change so Nunnelly could keep his positions on the boards of Dunkin' Donuts and Genpact Limited, a information technology services firm.

Charlie Desourdy is the state's interim chief information officer.


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