Bethann Pepoli has been appointed acting CIO of the state's Information Technology Division by Thomas Trimarco, the state's secretary of administration and finance, according to Eric Fehrnstrom, communications director at Gov. Mitt Romney's office.
Pepoli, who formerly served as the chief operating officer of the IT Division, will temporarily replaceat the end of last month, citing . A search for a permanent replacment is ongoing, Fehrnstrom said.
Quinn was an important figure in the state's decision tofor its desktop software products, a controversial move that has been by state politicians.
Currently, the IT Division's policy mandates that documents be saved in theformat, a standard developed at the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, or OASIS. Microsoft does not support OpenDocument in Office and will not in Office 12, which is due by the end of 2006, according to company executives.
Fehrnstrom said the state remains on schedule for an implementation of OpenDocument-based desktop software in executive branch agencies.
"There have been no changes in the commonwealth's published OpenDocument rules, and we are still on track for a January 2007 implementation," Fehrnstrom said.
Open-source productivity suite OpenOffice supports OpenDocument; Sun Microsystems, IBM and Novell plan to support the format as well.
Microsoft hasto standards body Ecma International and plans to publish them as standards in about a year.
Massachusetts officials haveand have said the formats, called Office Open XML, for open standards-based products.