Richard "Dickie" Howze
Tel: (225) 342-7105
Fax: (225) 219-9465

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 94095
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9095

Physical Address:
Claiborne Building
1201 N. Third St., Suite 2-130
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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The State CIO heads the Office of Information Technology in the Division of Administration (DOA) within the Office of the Governor. The CIO is the state's point person for matters related to IT and IT resources, including setting policies, standards, hardware and software deployment, strategic and tactical planning, acquisition, management, and operations in keeping with industry trends, both private and public. The CIO oversees several IT organizations within the DOA, acting as architect and primary executor of technical and business strategy for IT in Louisiana state government.
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    CIO Addresses 2013 CISD Conference
  • Richard "Dickie" Howze, the Louisiana’s Interim Chief Information Officer was the keynote speaker of the 22nd Annual Council of Information Services Directors Conference (CISD) and Expo held in Baton Rouge on October Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2013.

    His presentation focused on the IT consolidation initiative that  the state will be undertaking in the coming months.  He described  the initiative as a comprehensive transformation of state IT into a single cohesive unit. Consolidation will streamline and optimize IT staff and data resources, processes, and procurement, with the goal of lowering cost and ensuring efficient delivery of  government services to Louisiana's citizens.  Deloitte Consulting which has supported similar IT consolidation projects in other states, including New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, has been awarded the RFP contract to be Louisiana’s partner in this initiative.

    The CIO noted that the success of the consolidation is dependent on the engagement and the combined effort of all of the state’s IT professionals.  To facilitate a transparent and collaborative process, a Web site that will serve as a communications channel for information about the consolidation has been launched at

    The CISD Conference brought together state agency and higher education information systems and management professionals to address a broad range of information technology topics and cutting edge technologies; vendor exhibits covered a wide range of IT services and products.

    Louisiana Receives National Award for Innovation
  • Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler received the 2013 NASS IDEAS Award from the National Association of Secretaries of State for its creation of the Geaux Vote Mobile application and website. Launched in 2011, Geaux Vote was developed for smart phones to assist citizens in confirming their voter registration information, finding their polling place, accessing sample ballot information and finding their voting district. Geaux Vote Mobile exemplifies best practices in state government nationwide by reducing voter apathy and increasing participation," said NASS President Ross Miller of Nevada. "As one of the first states to embrace mobile technology for assisting citizens and increasing voter registration numbers, we are proud to honor Louisiana for leading the way on this issue and being willing to share their great idea with Secretary of State offices throughout the U.S."
    Read the Announcement

    Commissioner Nichols names Richard "Dickie" Howze as State's interim CIO
  • Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols announced today that Richard "Dickie" Howze will serve as the state's interim Chief Information Officer. In his role as interim CIO, Howze will be tasked by Commissioner Nichols with a main focus of assisting the Department of Health and Hospitals to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of all of DHH's IT products and services. 

    Howze comes to the interim CIO job from his current position of Director of Information Technology for the Department of Children and Family Services. In this role, he oversees the modernization and reorganization efforts designed to streamline the agency, decrease DCFS' overall footprint and implement new technology and systems to provide DCFS' clients with more efficient and effective services. Howze brings more than 34 years of public service in the Information Technology Division. Read the Announcement

    Louisiana Earns a B in Digital States Survey
  • Despite challenging economic times, Louisiana's Information Technology organizations continue to "trend up" and to demonstrate positive results in many categories as indicated by its B grade on the 2012 Digital States Survey.  

    The survey conducted biannually by the Center for Digital Government ranked all 50 states based on a set of criteria. A grade of B indicated the state's "progress over the last two years" by implementing innovative solutions or approaches, adopting measures in key areas, and fostering effective collaboration in order "to prepare for more sustainable operations" in the future.  

    Louisiana's B ranking in 2012 is exceeded by only 16 states.  In the 2010 survey, Louisiana also earned a B, after being ranked 21st in 2008 and 40th in 2006. 

    Read the Digital States Survey.