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OCIO recognized by Washington State Patrol

The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) received special recognition from the Washington State Patrol for its oversight work on the Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System project.

WSP awarded its recognition coin to the OCIO for the oversight work on the project at a special luncheon on Oct. 30. Rich Tomsinski, senior policy and management consultant, served as the OCIO lead.

In the oversight role for IT projects, OCIO consultants typically attend monthly steering committee meetings, ensure project documentation such as its investment plan and quality assurance reports are posted to the OCIO IT Dashboard website, and consult and advise where necessary.

Rich said his biggest overall contribution was his insistence (with support from a quality assurance consultant on the team) that the project might benefit from more stakeholder participation. At first that was met with reluctance, but ultimately was accepted - and in time proved the right thing to do. As a result of Rich’s effort, an advisory committee made up of stakeholders was formed and made a key difference in the project’s success.

“I believe that this project benefitted from their investment of time and effort in collaborating with the extensive and diverse group of stakeholders,” Rich said.

“There were numerous times when I heard that information gained from the advisory committee impacted project activities,” Rich said.

The project received extensive news coverage as it was launched.