Atlanta names new information technology commissioner

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Atlanta has named Samir Saini commissioner of its Department of Information Technology.

Saini comes to city government from the Atlanta Housing Authority, a nonprofit that helps citizens find affordable housing where he served as chief information officer for the past four years.

“Samir Saini’s strong experience in strategic IT planning and implementation will be a critical asset to the City,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in a statement. “Information technology plays a crucial role in delivering government services and I have charged Samir Saini with improving the city’s use of technology to better serve residential and businesses customers, in addition to expanding the availability of Wi-Fi in city parks and other public spaces.”

Saini began his career at General Electric, where he worked his way up to become enterprise resource planning director for GE Energy Services. He also served as vice president for corporate solutions at MGM International Resorts, A new white paper from the Office of the Inspector General of USPS recommends that the Post Office examine some strategies to take advantage of that booming e-commerce market..

Since 2010, Saini has worked at AHA, where he achieved $4 million in agencywide annual operating cost savings from a multi-year business transformation effort. Under his direction, annual IT costs dropped by 20 percent while improving workplace productivity and accuracy in regulatory reports.

“I am honored to join Mayor Reed’s administration,” Saini said. “Information technology works best when it is tied directly to improved customer outcomes. I look forward to close collaboration with the chief operating officer and department commissioners to effectively utilize technology solutions throughout city government.”

Saini’s appointment will be effective August 11 and requires confirmation by the Atlanta City Council. Saini succeeds Michael Dogan who has served as the interim commissioner since 2011.

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