Tarek Tomes, Minnesota CIO

Tarek Tomes
Tarek Tomes (Tarek Tomes / LinkedIn)

To build the digital services that Minnesotans deserve, we must ask, “How might we meet Minnesotans where they are at? How might we provide agility to Minnesotans in how they interact with government?” We want to earn the right to be the only provider of a service that Minnesotans need, and to build inclusive designs that serve Minnesotans of all races, ethnicities, religions, economic statuses, gender identities, sexual orientations, (dis)abilities and ZIP codes. We want to encourage state employees to be inspired by and advocate for the ways technology helps the people they serve. Every time that you interact with the State of Minnesota, you should feel your time, energy and needs are valued. We want to take a critical digital strategic asset, our application portfolio, to make more products like MNbenefits, which has saved Minnesotans nearly 16 million minutes in benefits application time through human-centered design, collaboration and innovation.

Colin Wood

Written by Colin Wood

Colin Wood is the editor in chief of StateScoop and EdScoop. He's reported on government information technology policy for more than a decade, on topics including cybersecurity, IT governance and public safety.

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