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Dr. Jimmy Godard, CTO
Dr. Jimmy Godard, CTO
Oregon State Chief Information Officer Appoints Dr. Jimmy Godard to Lead State Technology (Photo) - 12/05/23

Salem, OR— Oregon State Chief Information Officer, Terrence Woods, announces Dr. Jimmy Godard as the State Chief Technology Officer. Incoming Chief Technology Officer Godard brings two decades of experience and a proven track record of success in technology leadership and strategic organizational transformation. Godard’s experience includes implementing global information technology infrastructures and leading-edge program solutions.

“The State Chief Technology Officer plays a pivotal role in guiding technology for the entire Executive Branch,” Woods said. “This work is foundational for ensuring accessible, reliable and secure state technology systems that equitable serve all Oregonians.” 

Godard will oversee Enterprise Information Services’ Strategy and Design program to manifest strategic technology initiatives, enterprise technology standards and processes and policy decisions to align technology vision with business strategy.

Before joining Enterprise Information Services, Godard worked for Bank of America as Senior Vice President of Strategist and Governance and Senior Vice President of Program Service Delivery Manager.  

“I look forward to joining Enterprise Information Services and using my years of experience and education to give back to the state I call home,” Godard said.


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Office of Economic Analysis Releases Updated December 2023 Economic and Revenue Forecast - 11/21/23

Salem, OR — Today, the Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) released corrected numbers for the December 2023 economic and revenue forecast.

OEA released the December 2023 Economic and Revenue Forecast on Wednesday, November 15, which indicated an increase in Insurance Taxes relative to the previous September 2023 forecast. The previously published forecast overstated General Fund revenues by $117.7 million.

Following additional research, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) informed OEA that recent tax audit activity would reduce their Insurance Tax collections by $68 million, not increase them as DCBS previously indicated. This change results in a net reduction of $136 million relative to the published numbers.

When OEA updated the Insurance Tax numbers to reflect this change, the office found that the outlook was also being incorrectly adjusted for previous legislation. As those impacts are now being realized in actual tax collections, a separate adjustment is no longer needed in the outlook. By not removing the adjustment, OEA understated Insurance Taxes by $18.3 million.

Combined, the previously published forecast overstated General Fund revenues by $117.7 million. The corrected numbers are as follows:

  • Total Net General Fund revenues in the current 2023-25 biennium are $25.6 billion, an increase of $217.7 million in the corrected December forecast compared to the September forecast.
  • The estimated ending balance now stands at $1.09 billion, a corrected $655 million above the Close of Session forecast.

Updated materials have been posted on OLIS here and on OEA’s website here.


2023 State of Oregon Disparity Study Report Released - 11/17/23

Salem, OR – Today, the Department of Administrative Services, alongside BBC Research & Consulting, published the 2023 State of Oregon Disparity Study Report. 

The study was commissioned by BBC Research & Consulting to evaluate whether businesses owned by persons of color, women, and service-disabled veterans face barriers as part of Oregon state government’s contract and procurement processes. The report will help the state better understand outcomes in its contracting and procurement processes and help identify next steps to address any substantial disparities. 

In the study, BBC analyzed $3.1 billion of worth of contracts and procurements Executive Branch agencies awarded over the course of five years – from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2022. The report provides details about the methodology and results of each analysis, along with recommended actions for the state.   

In the coming weeks, the Office of Procurement Equity will conduct regional engagement sessions throughout the state. Anyone who has contracted with state government, has an interest in state contracting, or who wants to learn more about the study is welcome to attend any of the following in-person or virtual sessions:

Central Valley Presentation: In-Person, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023  

  • Host: Salem Capitol Connections  
  • Location: Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry, 626 High Street NE, 1st Floor, Salem, OR 97301 
  • Time: 7:30 – 9 a.m. 

Eastern Oregon Presentation: Virtual, Monday, Dec. 4, 2023 

  • Host: BBC Research & Consulting 
  • Location: TBD, visit the disparity study website for event details 
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. – noon 

Southern Coast Presentation: Virtual, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023  

  • Host: BBC Research & Consulting 
  • Location: TBD, visit the disparity study website for event details 
  • Time: TBD, visit the disparity study website for event details 

Northern Coast Presentation: In-Person, Friday, Dec. 8, 2023  

  • Host: DAS Office of Procurement Equity 
  • Location: Seaside Civic & Convention Center, 415 First Avenue, Seaside, OR 97138    
  • Time: 10 a.m. – noon 

Southern Oregon Presentation: In-Person, Monday, Dec. 11, 2023 

  • Host: Rouge Community College/Higher Education Center, SBDC 
  • Location: Rouge Community College, 101 S Bartlett St, Medford, OR 97501  
  • Time: 1 – 3 p.m. 

Central Oregon Presentation: In-Person, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023  

  • Host: City of Bend, Equity Office  
  • Location: TBD, visit the disparity study website for event details 
  • Time: 10 a.m. – noon  

Portland Metro Presentation: In-Person, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023 

  • Host: City of Portland, Port of Portland  
  • Location: City of Portland, 1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 108, Portland, OR 97204    
  • Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

For more information about the 2023 State of Oregon Disparity Study Report and upcoming engagement meetings, please visit the study webpage at or email  


Oregon Named a Leading State for Evidence-Based Decision-Making in New National Report - 11/16/23

Results for America named Oregon among five Leading States using evidence and data to improve lives. 

Salem, OR — At a virtual event co-hosted by the National Governors Association, Results for America recognized Oregon as a national leader in using data and evidence to guide decision-making and invest taxpayer dollars in programs that work.

Results for America named Oregon among five leading states using evidence and data to improve lives. 
Salem, OR — At a virtual event co-hosted by the National Governors Association, Results for America recognized Oregon as a national leader in using data and evidence to guide decision-making and invest taxpayer dollars in programs that work.

Results for America is a national nonprofit that promotes evidence-based policymaking. Its newly released 2023 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence highlights advances in evidence-based grantmaking, budgeting and direct services, and identifies 194 efforts across 46 states to build and use evidence and data to achieve better, more equitable results for residents. Since 2018, the State Standard of Excellence has offered states a “North Star” to benchmark their existing data and evidence capacity, as well as a roadmap for how they can accelerate their progress.

Oregon was one of this year’s five leading states. Highlights of its data-driven work include:

  • Investment of funds in evidence-based direct services for young people.
  • The use of evidence-based budget targets.
  • A focus on budgeting towards creating equitable outcomes, including the addition of racial impact assessments in agency budget requests.
  • Strong data leadership, including having a state data strategy, a data strategy website, and undertaking efforts to support open data and transparency among state agencies.

“Oregon being one of the five leading states speaks volumes about how dedicated our state agencies are to using data meaningfully to improve Oregonians’ lives,” said Oregon’s Chief Data Officer Kathryn Darnall Helms. “I look forward to seeing Oregon continue to mature while working in partnership with our Governor and state agencies.”

“In red states and blue states, state governments are harnessing the power of evidence and data to deliver better results,” said Michele Jolin, CEO and Co-Founder of Results for America. “Governors, state legislators and state agency leaders are using the key levers of power — grantmaking, budgeting and direct services — to expand evidence-based solutions and accelerate economic mobility. By building more efficient and effective governments, they are helping restore the public’s faith in government’s ability to tackle our most urgent challenges.”

The other leading states are Colorado, Minnesota, North Carolina and Tennessee. Honorable
mention states are California, Connecticut, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Utah. Oregon was also an honorable mention in the 2022 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence.


State Interoperability Executive Council to Meet - 11/08/23

Salem, Oregon – The State Interoperability Executive Council (SIEC) will meet Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. The meeting will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams. A phone option is also available. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken from those in attendance or who call in. 

The agenda and handouts are posted on the council’s website. Information for those who wish to attend over the phone are outlined in the meeting agenda and below.

What:      State Interoperability Executive Council  

When:     Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Where:    Via Teleconference:

 Click here to join the meeting

               Audio Call In: 503-446-4951 Pin: 994780827#

Who:       Members of the State Interoperability Executive Council 

The SIEC was created under the State Chief Information Officer to be the statewide interoperability governing body and to serve as the primary steering group for the Oregon Statewide Interoperability Communications Plan (SCIP). The SIEC’s mission is to develop and maintain the SCIP, develop recommendations and guidelines for policy, identify technology and standards, and coordinate intergovernmental resources to facilitate statewide public safety communications interoperability.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION OF DISABILITIES – Reasonable accommodations, such as assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters and materials in large print or audiotape, will be provided as needed. In order to ensure availability, please contact William Chapman at Enterprise Information Services at telephone 971-283-4607, or email at least 72 hours prior to the meeting with your request.

Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board to Meet - 11/08/23

Salem, Oregon - The Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board (EPAB) will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023. The meeting will take place remotely via the internet on Microsoft Teams and is open to the public. The agenda and handouts will be posted on the advisory board’s website: (

What:        Meeting of the Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board  

When:       Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Where:      Microsoft Teams (Click here to join the meeting)

Call Toll free: 1-503-446-4951 | Participant pin code: 711413499#

Who:         Members of the Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board 

The Legislature established the advisory board with enactment of ORS 276A.270-276. The board will advise the State Chief Information Officer (CIO) on key decisions and strategic choices about how the State CIO manages and operates the state’s web portal services.

The portal is the connection point for citizens to access state agency services and information on the internet. The board provides oversight to specific websites, services and online payments where agencies choose to utilize the State Chief Information Officer’s E-Government Program as their service provider.

With the board’s advice, the State CIO wants to make the Oregon web portal services and their operation as effective as they can be for Oregonians to interact with state government.