California's IT head resigns after Oracle controversy


California's IT head resigns after Oracle controversy

The director of the California Department of Information Technology (DOIT) has resigned in the wake of the on-going controversy over a state contract for Oracle database software.

Elias Cortez, headed the state's DOIT since February 1999. In his resignation letter, he said he disagreed with the state's plans to stop funding the DOIT agency as of 1 July in light of the controversy over the Oracle deal.

"I cannot find it in me to be an active participant, nor would I advise you or this administration to dismantle such a pertinent program," Cortez wrote in response to the state's decision to stop funding his IT department.

In his letter Cortez warned that without an agency such as the DOIT to oversee California state IT there was a high risk of potentially major IT failures. "I am hopeful that the information technology governance issues this state still encounters will be holistically and strategically solved by your administration and the legislature."

Cortez is the fourth state government official to resign in connection with the still-unfolding Oracle contract controversy. The director of the state's eGovernment office, its interim director and the director of the Department of General Services have also recently resigned.

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