Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of former U.S. Office of Personnel Management Chief Information Officer David DeVries as the state’s new Department of Technology, Management and Budget director and state chief information officer.
“David’s efforts to modernize aging IT infrastructure and improve cyber security at the federal level highlight his wealth of skills and experience that make him an excellent fit for this role,” Snyder said. “As a leader who is passionate about both people and technology, I am confident David will be instrumental in helping Michigan achieve more of its goals to be the nation’s best state government.”
DeVries replaces former DTMB Director David Behen, who stepped down in June to join La-Z-Boy Inc. as its vice president and CIO.
“Michigan is recognized across the nation as a leader in IT and government management,” DeVries said. “I am excited for the opportunity to work with Governor Snyder, the entire Michigan team, and industry and academic partners to continue efforts to make Michigan government the most efficient and effective in the country, and increase the important capability of improving secure information sharing across all sectors."
Prior to serving as the U.S. Office of Personnel Management CIO, DeVries was the deputy CIO for the U.S. Department of Defense, where he developed the strategy and implementation plan for the largest IT modernization effort in the department’s history. Before joining the DoD, he served as the U.S. Army special assistant to the commanding general. In this role, he directed the day-to-day activities necessary to achieve enterprise level information technology services for the Army within the U.S.
DeVries earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army Senior Service College. He also is a graduate of the Joint Executive Management Program at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business.
DeVries’ appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.