DPS appoints permanent CIO

The Australian Department of Parliamentary Services has appointed a permanent CIO.

The Australian Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) has appointed Eija Seittenranta from the Department of Human Services (DHS) as the permanent DPS chief information officer.

Seittenranta was brought across to DPS in October last year as the acting CIO in the newly created role.

The department confirmed to ZDNet yesterday that as of January 3 this year, Seittenranta has accepted the role as the ongoing CIO for DPS.

In her role as general manager at DHS, Seittenranta was part of the group that worked on the development, integration, and support of the department's infrastructure, and the deployment of the common desktop across the 36,000 DHS staff, according to her LinkedIn page.

As the first-ever CIO for the department who's also responsible for IT services to federal parliamentarians and staff, Seittenranta will be accountable for implementing the findings of the report by former public servant Michael Roche into the department's IT services.

The report recommends the transfer of IT purchasing, installation, support, and maintenance from the Department of the Senate and the Department of the House of Representatives directly to DPS to establish a "one-stop shop" for IT services.

Headed up by the CIO, this division would be responsible for all hardware and software for parliamentarians' offices in parliament and their electorate, as well as their mobile computing requirements.

It is understood that one of the recommendations — the establishment of a parliamentary IT advisory board made up of current MPs — has already been implemented.