Governor Herbert had this to say of Utah’s new CIO: “I asked Mark to step in and lead the Department of Technology Services during a difficult time and he did so with great effectiveness. I trust he will continue to lead our state to a new level in transparency and government access. Utah.gov has won more than 100 awards, and provides more than 1,000 state services. Mark will continue that innovation for years to come. ”
VanOrden first began working as a programmer for the State of Utah in 1982 at what was then called the Department of Employment Services. Since then, he has implemented a number of projects for job services and unemployment case management applications.
In 2006 Mark was appointed as the IT Director for the Department of Workforce Services, where he managed a staff of more than 120 people and a budget of more than $30 million.
“I am very honored to be selected by Governor Herbert to serve in his cabinet as the Chief Information Officer,” VanOrden said. “Any success I have experienced in the past 30 years as a state employee is a result of being part of great teams made up of talented and committed people.”