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Pomata To Resign as Va. Information Officer Following AG Opinion

Anita Kumar

Gov. Tim Kaine's technology secretary, Len Pomata, is expected to resign as chief information officer of the state's technology agency, according to sources close to the governor.

His resignation, which could come as early as today, will come days after Attorney General William C. Mims (R) issued a written opinion that Pomata should not be doing both jobs.

Earlier today, House Speaker Bill Howell (R) and other House leaders called on Pomata to step down.

"There is no question that Governor Kaine and Secretary Pomata need to act immediately to determine in which one government role Mr. Pomata should serve and which one he should resign," Howell said. "Like so many, I await the decision by the secretary or governor so Virginians can be assured that their leaders are acting in accordance with the law."

The decision doesn't exactly make Kaine look good. The governor has said repeatedly that he did not have a problem with Pomata serving as the chief information officer until a new permanent replacement was hired. A search for a new chief information officer was already underway, and a replacement is expected to be named in the coming weeks.

Legislators had asked for Mims' opinion after the former chief information officer was abrupty removed and replaced by Pomata.

The General Assembly is investigating the state's unprecedented 10-year, $2 billion contract to upgrade the state's computer system.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 17, 2009; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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