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Ms. Carolyn Lawson

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  • master's degree , information systems
    Harvard University
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And in April, former Oregon Health ..., 22 Aug 2014 [cached]
And in April, former Oregon Health Authority CIO Carolyn Lawson filed a "tort claim notice" giving notice that she was considering suing the state and several state employees for statements they made about her and for wrongful discharge.
Lawson claimed the state was looking for a scapegoat, and that she was told it would be her if she didn't play ball.
Oregon Health Authority Chief ..., 23 Dec 2013 [cached]
Oregon Health Authority Chief Information Officer Carolyn Lawson is shown before appearing at a Joint Interim Committee on Legislative Audits, Information Management and Technology in Salem Nov. 20. Lawson has resigned for personal reasons it was announced today.
Oregon Health Authority Chief Information Officer Carolyn Lawson is shown before appearing at a Joint Interim Committee on Legislative Audits, Information Management and Technology in Salem Nov. 20. Lawson has resigned for personal reasons it was announced today. AP Photo/Don Ryan
Carolyn Lawson stepped down as chief information officer of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services for "personal reasons," the agencies' leaders wrote in a terse memo to Lawson's staff and other senior officials.
"I have recently experienced a family loss which has caused me to reevaluate many things in my life including continuing to commute to Oregon while my family is in California," Lawson wrote in her resignation email. She described the decision as "a highly personal choice" and said she hoped it would not negatively impact the agencies.
Attempts to reach Lawson through her state-issued cellphone and email account were unsuccessful. In previous interviews, Lawson has staunchly defended her agency's work.
Lawson came under fire a year ago when state lawmakers accused her of misleading them about available technologies. More recently, technology experts and her own boss have laid blame for the problem with her decision to have the state act as the project's systems integrator, a sort of general contractor to oversee the complex integration of disparate parts of multiple vendors.
Lawson was hired in 2011 to oversee technology projects for the two state agencies that administer health and human services programs. The state had just approved creating a health insurance exchange, and it was tacked onto a separate project to modernize the internal computer systems for both agencies.
Lawson was responsible for delivering the technology on a very tight schedule.
Before coming to Oregon, Lawson held IT positions in several California state agencies. Oregon paid her just under $179,000.
"We want to thank Carolyn for her service to our agencies and the state," OHA Acting Director Tina Edlund and DHS Director Erinn Kelley-Siel wrote in their memo.
Lawson is the second senior official to step aside amid growing frustration with the technology problems.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Carolyn ..., 18 Nov 2013 [cached]
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Carolyn Lawson, the Oregon Health Authority's senior IT manager who resigned in the wake of the state's health-insurance exchange fiasco, says she is not to blame for Cover Oregon's botched rollout.
State officials have previously blamed Lawson for failing to hire a systems integrator as the general manager on the exchange project.
But Lawson defended that decision, saying a systems integrator was too expensive. Instead, she says what hindered the technology's development was Cover Oregon's inability to settle on business requirements for the exchange.
She also blamed inferior work by Oracle Corp., the state's main technology contractor.
Carolyn Lawson before ..., 8 Feb 2014 [cached]
Carolyn Lawson before she was asked to resign in the wake of the Cover Oregon mess. (The Associated Press)
Carolyn Lawson , the former Oregon Health Authority official at the center of the storm of Oregon's non-functional health insurance exchange, was investigated by the state of California for inappropriate contracting in 2008, The Oregonian has learned.
Upon being hired by the California Public Utility Commission in 2008, Lawson funneled five contracts worth nearly $500,000 in a four-month period to the small consulting company run by her former boss in the private sector. The former boss was Steven Powell, who Lawson later hired as her senior deputy in Oregon.
When Lawson was asked to resign in December, the state promoted Powell to replace her.
State officials were tight-lipped about the matter Friday, other than to say they didn't know about California's contracting probe when they hired Lawson. "This was not disclosed by Lawson or any of her references," OHA spokeswoman Patty Wentz said.
Lawson could not be reached.
Bruce Goldberg, the former OHA director who directly supervised Lawson, said Lawson and other state managers misled him when they claimed the exchange site would work.
Lawson joined the California Public Utility Commission as its chief information officer in February 2008.
According to California state records obtained by The Oregonian, Lawson pushed back, pointing out that her office did ask other companies to bid for the contracts. But these firms chose not to submit bids. The controller's office ruled that under the state's small business contracting rules, that wasn't good enough. Agencies are required to obtain at least two bids before awarding a contract.
The controller's investigation also questioned how Lawson and her employer managed its contracting process. The PUC's "internal control over contract procurement is weak, as one individual exerts significant influence over the entire contract and contract-related payments processes," the report said.
In other words, Lawson identified the PUC's IT-related projects and contracts, she played an instrumental role in selecting prospective vendors, evaluating their bids and qualifications, and approving payment. "The fact that one individual is exerting control and influence over the entire contract-awarding process represents a serious internal control weakness that could lead to abuse in the contracting process and/or improper payments," the report said.
Lawson and Powell had known one another for years.
Lawson moves on
In March 2010, Lawson left the California PUC and joined the California Office of the State Chief Information Officer.
Camicia counts himself a fan of Lawson's.
The state culled the list to three and after two rounds of interviews hired Lawson. She began with the state in July 2011.
The move was a goldmine for Lawson. Oregon agreed to pay her more than $171,264 a year and had bumped up her compensation to more than $178,000 by 2013. In California, her salary hovered between $95,000-$99,000.
Carolyn Lawson, former chief ..., 15 May 2014 [cached]
Carolyn Lawson, former chief information officer for the OHA and Department of Human Services (DHS), oversaw the bulk of the Cover Oregon website development. She resigned in December after fumbling the project.
Control of the exchange project shifted to Cover Oregon in May 2013 - earlier than expected - because Lawson had burned through all of her funding: a $48 million 'early innovator' grant the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare services had awarded Oregon back in 2011.
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