Republican leaders ask Pomata to give up one of his roles

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Less than a week after Virginia’s attorney general issued an opinion challenging the legality of Leonard Pomata to simultaneously hold two high-level state posts, Republican legislators are calling on Pomata to give up one of his roles.

Pomata, Virginia’s Secretary of Technology, was tapped in June to also serve as interim Chief Information Officer after the state’s Information Technology Investment Board (ITIB) fired CIO Lemuel Stewart following his questioning of a multi-million dollar invoice to Northrop Grumman. That’s the private company partnering with Virginia on a 10-year, $2 billion overhaul of its computer systems in a deal that is becomingly increasingly rocky.

“Before the commonwealth can move forward on those critical contractual and technical issues necessary to delivering quality IT services, we need to get our own house in order and comply with the law,” House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Kathy J. Byron (R-Campbell) said in a statement. She leads the panel that interviewed Pomata, a Kaine appointee.

Joining Byron in calling for action was Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) and Del. Samuel A. Nixon, Jr. (R-Chesterfield), a senior member of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science.

As it turns out, Pomata could be replaced as CIO as early as Thursday.  The oversight board meets then and is expected to name a new chief.


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