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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.

History

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.

Mark Quimby | Acting Director and Washington State Chief Information Officer

Governor Inslee appointed Mark Quimby to acting State CIO and Director for Washington Technology Solutions in March 2021. Mark is taking over for James Weaver who served as director since 2018. Weaver resigned from WaTech to accept the state CIO position for North Carolina’s Department of Information Technology.

Mark has held several leadership positions with WaTech since 2014, most recently as deputy director of technology & operations. Since his appointment to deputy director, Mark has set his sights on propelling the agency forward by leading and supporting the efforts to implement service solutions that improve and modernize the enterprise system. Before he was deputy director, he served as assistant director for network services, enterprise data network manager and disaster recovery architect for the agency.

Prior to his work at WaTech, Quimby worked at Washington State Department of Corrections for 15 years, where he managed the agency’s technology and infrastructure.

Quimby earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science and business management from The Evergreen State College.

WaTech Executive Team

Mark Quimby | Acting Director and State CIO
Laurel McMillan | Executive Assistant
Vacant | 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

Mission

Advancing Washington's technology strategies and services.

Vision

Trusted leader and technology partner of choice.

Guiding Principles

  • People first
  • Customer focused
  • Service-driven
  • Deliver quality solutions
  • Lead with integrity