GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ANNOUNCES ISABEL FITZGERALD AS SECRETARY OF MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 8, 2013)
– Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Isabel FitzGerald as
Secretary of the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT).
Ms. FitzGerald has served as Governor O’Malley’s Deputy Secretary for
Operations at the Department of Human Resources since 2012.
am pleased Isabel has chosen to serve the people of Maryland as our
State’s Secretary of Information Technology,” said Governor O’Malley.
“At the Department of Human Resources, she worked diligently to improve
data security, and implement new and innovative strategies to provide
infrastructure and support for Maryland’s most disadvantaged residents.
With her exceptional talents, skills and experience, I am confident that
the Department will flourish under her leadership.”
is a critical part of making government better serve the people of
Maryland,” said Ms. FitzGerald. “I am grateful to the Governor for this
opportunity to serve, and I look forward to driving change through
collaboration and innovations in technology.”
FitzGerald has devoted the majority of her career to public service.
She served as the Chief Information Officer for the Maryland Department
of Human Resources (DHR) for five years, and most recently as the Deputy
Secretary for Operations since December 2012. During her tenure, she
delivered a state of the art Electronic Benefits program that simplified
the issuance of benefits and improved data security. She also oversaw
an initiative to renew the technology available to State workers that
had a dramatic impact on worker productivity and customer service.
Additionally, Ms. FitzGerald worked to streamline and consolidate IT
services and strategically procure services that saved DHR $10 million
to joining DHR, Ms. FitzGerald was the Director for the National Health
and Human Services Practice for a global consulting firm. In this role
she provided strategic and tactical leadership to address the
challenges facing health and human services agencies and programs. During her consulting career, she worked with dozens of agencies in multiple countries to create transparency in government and develop emerging technologies.
FitzGerald replaces Maryland Department of Information Technology
Secretary Elliot H. Schlanger, who has chosen to lead the
Administration's cybersecurity efforts as Maryland’s Director of
Cybersecurity - a new role that will help safeguard Maryland's cyber
infrastructure and continue to ensure Maryland's position as a national
leader in cybersecurity, technology, and innovation.
has been a privilege to serve under the leadership of Governor Martin
O’Malley as Maryland’s first-ever Secretary of Information Technology,”
Mr. Schanger said. “After almost six years as Secretary of IT, I am well
positioned to accept and welcome my next important mission to lead the
State’s cyber resilience initiatives as the Director of Cyber
O’Malley named Mr. Schlanger as the first Department of Information
Technology Secretary for the State of Maryland in 2007. During his
tenure, Mr. Schlanger oversaw the successful American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
(BTOP) grant application, award and implementation of the One Maryland
Broadband Network (OMBN). This project fosters economic development,
improves public safety interoperability, and extends and/or
interconnects existing networks through every county in the State. He
also provided executive leadership for the State’s 700 MHz Radio
Communications Project and introduced a brand new Maryland.gov portal
that has received national recognition.