STATE PROFILES | Michigan
David BehenChief Information Officer and Department Director
Department of Technology, Management and Budget
Year Appointed: 2011
BiographyDavid Behen brings a distinctive mix of public service and entrepreneurial spirit to his role as Michigan’s chief information officer. As CIO, Behen is an executive-level leader of the Department of Technology, Management & Budget, which provides the full range of information, technology, business and administrative services to Michigan’s citizens and businesses as well as 16 state agencies with 50,000 state employees. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction for state government technology and ensuring the timely delivery of IT services.
As former CIO and deputy administrator of Washtenaw County, he directed the operations of 14 departments with 1,300 employees. He championed an e-government initiative to provide citizens with around-the-clock access to government services, including Web-based services, e-commerce and e-democracy. Under Behen’s leadership, the county twice received CIO Magazine’s CIO 100 Award as one of the top 100 public/private IT programs and was named six times among the nation’s top 10 digital counties.
Most recently, he served as vice president and chief information officer of GDI Infotech, a software consultancy in Ann Arbor. He also was cofounder and chief business officer of InfoReady Corp., the company’s high-tech spinout that marries collaboration software with technologies for targeted Web searches, enabling users to scour the Web and act quickly on strategic information. He served on the executive team and was responsible for the design and implementation of business plans and growth strategies for both companies. “Today’s technology provides us with tools to reinvent government,” Behen said. “The growth of Michigan’s online resources provide our citizens and businesses with the 24/7 service they have come to expect.”
In 2007 Behen was named to the Crain’s Detroit Business 40-under-40 list for outstanding professional achievement. “David brings a passion for driving technology improvements for a more efficient and transparent government,” said John E. Nixon, DTMB director and the state’s budget director. “I am confident that, through his leadership, information technology will continue to serve as a key enabler in the innovation of state government.”
Behen earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a master of science in public administration degree from Eastern Michigan University.
CIO Statute: 1995-10
IT Office Authority: Statewide Mainframe and Statewide Telecommunications
IT Procurement Responsibility: State Procurement Office