Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott announced today that Secretary John Quinn will leave his post as head of the Vermont Agency for Digital Services (ADS) later this month to work in the private sector. Secretary Quinn was first appointed by Governor Scott as Chief Innovation Officer when he took office in January 2017. He was appointed as the first ADS Secretary after Executive Order 06-17 entered into force in April 2017, creating the new Agency.

“Secretary Quinn has done an excellent job leading this new agency, working to better coordinate efforts across state government, break down silos, make government more efficient, and provide a best customer service,” Governor Scott said. “I wish John the best in his next chapter and thank him for his commitment and service to Vermont.”

“I want to thank Governor Scott for the opportunity to serve Vermont as the state’s CIO and Secretary of Digital Services. It has been an honor to lead such a talented group of IT professionals,” said Secretary Quinn. “I am extremely proud of the major improvements to our cybersecurity posture and the partnerships we have created to protect the data of Vermonters. We reduced the number of different computer programs from 1,500 to 1,100, saving Vermont taxpayers millions of dollars, and we used our employees across the organization to put the right skills on state priorities , breaking down the silos that had always kept us from making better use of our resources. These past five years have been the high point of my professional career. I was fortunate to be supported by a governor and team who were focused on long-term improvement of the digital services Vermonters wanted and depended on. »

As ADS Secretary, Quinn played a critical role in integrating IT and digital resources across state agencies, breaking down silos, and making state government more efficient.

The Agency has been instrumental in the COVID-19 response, implementing more than 30 new digital government programs to bring services to Vermonters in need. The ADS Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) app was created in less than two weeks, making Vermont one of the fastest states in the country to send checks to struggling Vermonters.

Since 2018, ADS has saved taxpayers more than $30 million by reducing applications, making better use of resources, and leveraging state purchasing power with major IT contracts.

In this biennium, ADS secured more than $133 million to modernize government services, including funding for a new DMV system and unemployment insurance system, and the creation of the first-ever fund Vermont IT modernization program.

Assistant Secretary Shawn Nailor will lead the ADS until a permanent secretary is appointed.

Source: Governor. 9.2.2022. Montpelier.