Low wages and a “remote” location keep talent away from state jobs

Florida’s chief information technology officer says getting talented senior IT staff to work in Florida is an uphill battle, and he has named low wages as well as living in Tallahassee, the state capital hundreds of miles from the state’s major metro areas, among the state’s most important the reasons.

Head of the country’s information department Jimmy Grant He told the members FX Executive Steering Committee On Wednesday, hiring high-ranking IT staff, such as a chief information security officer, would be easier if the jobs were placed in a larger job market that wasn’t “far away.”

“You have to find a rhino that is talented and experienced and believes in the mission and is going to go do it for a little while and say, ‘Hey, I can do this and move on,’” Grant said.

The FX Executive Steering Committee is responsible for overseeing the redesign of the state’s Medicaid Management Information System from a single platform to a modular system instead. The Health Care Administration Agency (AHCA), which is leading the massive IT project called Florida Health Care Connection, or FX for short, has issued three calls to negotiate new IT units.

Together, contracts are worth More than 330 million dollars over the course of seven years.

NTT Data Project Manager Kurt Hartmann She is working with the agency on the transition between the current Medicaid Management Information System and the new system that provides independent validation of work in progress.

He told committee members that despite some delays, the ambitious project should be carried out on time, and attributed this to the hardworking IT staff of state agencies who he said work from 6 a.m. to midnight on the IT project.

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years. It’s very, very rare that I see state employees working from six in the morning until midnight,” Hartmann said. Glory to you. So, your team members keep up with the work. The challenge we’re trying to point out is that you’re going to get team members to run out eventually. They will burn.”

Grant, a former member of the House of Representatives and the state’s first chief information officer, said the media and lawmakers do not appreciate the pay disparity between high-level IT jobs at the state, city, private and university levels.

Grant suggested that aligning salaries across different employers could be illustrative and put the information in context.

AHCA Secretary Simon Marsteller She said she wanted the committee to schedule a meeting to specifically discuss IT salaries and rates to try to obtain additional information that would help the agencies as it requests additional funding from the legislature.

“The time has come. Marsteller, who made an unsuccessful push, said.” This course To receive an additional $1.97 million to hire 12 IT employees.

Grant said he wasn’t sure if it would help.

During his two-year tenure as CIO, Grant said he developed a relationship with him Amanda CrawfordAnd the Director of the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR).

Grant said Crawford claims to envy him for playing a key role in developing the state’s enterprise system called the Florida Digital Service.

But he told members of the FX panel that he was jealous of Crawford’s position.

“She has Austin. If you just compare two jobs we have, she will recruit in Austin. Someone doesn’t have to leave Austin to come work for DIR.”

When he was hiring the chief information security officer, Grant said he had to “beat off” the low state pay as well as the requirement that the position be in the state’s Panhandle.

And while Marsteller was optimistic that the IT rate and salary information would be useful to state agencies seeking additional funds, Grant wasn’t sure because most lawmakers don’t live year-round in Tallahassee.

“They come to Tallahassee and leave. My job would be a lot easier in Tampa,” Grant told Marsteller. “Your job would be a lot easier in Miami — just the pool of talent out there versus a much smaller market that’s kinda far away.”

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