Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech) is "the consolidated technology services agency" (RCW 43.105.006) for Washington state, providing enterprise IT services, support, strategy and security for public agencies and municipalities.
WaTech operates the state’s core technology services - the central network and data center – and provides strategic and comprehensive information security to protect state networks from growing cyber threats.
Through the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), the agency leads the implementation of a strategic direction and enterprise architecture for information technology, and oversees the portfolio of major IT projects for state government. Within the OCIO, the Office of Privacy and Data Protection leads Washington’s effort to protect the state and citizens’ data and privacy through advocacy and education.
WaTech serves state agencies, county, city and tribal governments, and public-benefit nonprofits.
Governor Inslee requested the creation of a new technology organization as part of the 2015-17 budget to position Washington for the future - in terms of security, privacy and innovation. The Legislature created Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech), the government agency legally known as "the consolidated technology services agency" - RCW 43.105.006.
WaTech unifies the former Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), the original Consolidated Technology Services (CTS) and the enterprise applications division of the Department of Enterprise Services (DES). The state Office of Cybersecurity (OCS) was created and added to WaTech in 2015. OCS provides cybersecurity policy and technology leadership for state government and promotes cooperation and coordination between regional and national governments and private business.
James Weaver | WaTech Director & Washington State Chief Information Officer
Jim Weaver was appointed Director and State CIO for Washington Technology Solutions in December 2018.
Jim has more than 32 years of experience in the IT industry, having served in varying management and technical positions, most notably as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Chief Technology Officer, as well as Chief Technology Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer for the commonwealth’s Departments of Human Services, Aging and Insurance.
During his tenure, he had responsibility for planning, directing, and evaluating Commonwealth IT operations and was a key contributor for the IT shared services transformation effort to align technology staff and services into functional matrix-based teams. In his agency roles, Jim was responsible for planning, directing and evaluating the IT operations of the three agencies, which included mainframe and distributed systems platforms, database design and application/software development, telecommunications, IT security and business intelligence.
Jim has proven expertise with successful large scale modernization efforts with an enterprise approach to technology and information security management – many of these efforts have been nationally recognized by NASCIO (2008, 2013, and 2014) and Computerworld Honors (2010 and 2013). Jim holds numerous ITIL certifications and earned his Certified Government Chief Information Officer qualification from Harrisburg University.
Jim is also an active member of the armed forces serving in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard with over 33 years’ experience in personnel information management systems.
WaTech Executive Team
Jim Weaver| Director and State CIO
Laurel McMillan | Executive Assistant
Mark Quimby | Deputy Director for Technology and Operations
Sue Langen | Deputy Director for Strategy and Management
Wendi Gunther | Deputy Director for Administrative Services
Vinod Brahmapuram | State Chief Information Security Officer
Derek Puckett | Legislative Affairs Director
Vickie Sheehan | Communications Director
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