DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA), the premier source of technology solutions for state and local governments, announced Mike Whatley as its first Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
As Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Whatley will identify new technologies and vendors, and determine best practices that will advance SIPA’s mission. He will interact with state agencies, local governments and technical staff to drive mobile and eGovernment growth, stability and cost-savings for Colorado governments, special districts and public education.
Mr. Whatley brings considerable knowledge and understanding of SIPA’s services and vendors. He has been involved as a customer with SIPA since its inception in 2004. Mr. Whatley has worked in information technology for the state’s government for 20 years, previously serving as Chief Information Officer for the Department of Regulatory Agencies and the Department of Natural Resources. He also worked in various senior executive roles at the Governor’s Office of Information Technology.
“Mike’s wealth of experience in technology and work within Colorado State agencies will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality solutions for our clients,” said Jack Arrowsmith, SIPA’s Executive Director. “We are very fortunate to find someone of Mike’s caliber to join the SIPA Team.”
Fred Sargeson, General Manager of Colorado Interactive, the team behind the Colorado.gov suite of eGovernment services commented, “Mike’s IT experience working in Colorado state government and as a SIPA customer makes him uniquely suited for great leadership and service to the organization and the state and local government entities they serve.”
Before Mr. Whatley’s career with the state of Colorado, he worked in research, legal and federal contract roles implementing technology solutions for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Geological Survey and the State of Wyoming. Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree and an Master of Science degree from Texas A & M University.
Mr. Whatley stated, “I am honored to serve as the first CTO of this innovative organization. It’s an important and exciting time in government to integrate eGovernment services and mobile technology. There is an increasing demand for flexible and comprehensive technology solutions to meet the needs of Colorado citizens in doing business with government, any time of day, from any location. I look forward to playing a key role in meeting and exceeding these demands.”
Established in 2004 by the Colorado General Assembly, the Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) is a self-funded government organization created to be Colorado's single most comprehensive delivery channel for electronic government (eGovernment) services. SIPA strives to accelerate the adoption of efficient, effective electronic government services by placing more government information and services online to benefit the citizens of Colorado. In addition to free websites, payment processing setup and event registration software, SIPA provides technology solutions including: Google Apps, security assessments, video streaming/archiving, online learning portal, eSignature, CRM, CMS and more. For more information about SIPA, please visit www.colorado.gov/sipa.
About Colorado Interactive
Colorado Interactive is the team behind the official website of the state of Colorado (http://www.colorado.gov) and is overseen by the Statewide Internet Portal Authority. The portal operates through a public-private partnership between the state and Colorado Interactive to help Colorado government entities web-enable their services. Colorado Interactive builds, operates, maintains, and markets Colorado.gov and is part of eGovernment firm NIC's (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies.
Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The Company's innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 4,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the "100 Best Small Companies in America" six times and the Company has been included four times on the Barron's 400 Index. Additional information is available at https://www.egov.com