Mr. Hoppin was chosen as the first ever Chief Information Officer for the New York Senate in February 2009 with a responsibility to noticeably improve citizen participation, government transparency and operational efficiency for the Senate through technology. The CIO’s Office works in three main areas:
• Launching new Web 2.0/social media technologies for the Senate (public participation)
• Opening up the Senate’s legislative and administrative data for public access (for transparency)
• Overhauling the Senate’s internal communications and collaboration infrastructure (for efficiency)
The new NYSenate.gov website, started in May, has been heralded as a foremost example of the use of “Web 2.0” technologies by a legislature, welcoming citizens to become creators of content on the site as well as consumers of content, and including interactive websites for every Senator and every Committee of the Senate. Mr. Hoppin was also voted by his peers to serve on the New York State CIO Leadership Council, and chosen by GovTech as the 2010 New York State Public Sector CIO of the year.
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