Office of Information Technology
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is the Department IT Division responsible for information technology systems, software and hardware that enable automation of the department’s mission critical business processes while supporting day-to-day operations for existing systems, networks, telecommunications and cybersecurity for the Department.
Mary Montoya is the Environment Department’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). She is responsible for managing the OIT Division and protecting the department from cyber security threats. In addition to leveraging information technology solutions to facilitate the department mission she ensures alignment with the NM state technology architecture as well as any federal agency requirements from EPA, OSHA and NRC. Collaboration with states, tribes and EPA is essential for setting a strategic vision that is informed by the experience of others. She has participated in several joint governance groups that include other state, tribal and federal members and whose mission is to develop a digital transformation vision and architecture to modernize environmental protection business transactions. This new approach is called E-Enterprise and expands on the Exchange Network system that has provided an electronic reporting framework used by delegated programs to send their environmental data to EPA for over twenty years. This new effort examines modern digital capabilities to effectively manage environmental regulations with varying delegated purview across many states, tribes and municipalities.
Reporting directly to the CISO is Darius Ezell who is responsible for IT security and compliance.
The Office of the CIO (OCIO) Group is responsible for providing portfolio management and IT project management services for high-impact departmental IT projects, working to ensure that projects are delivered within scope, schedule, and budget while meeting quality and stakeholder expectations. The OCIO provides support to the program bureaus for collaborative development of scopes of work for IT contracts as well as administrative and project management services for IT federal grants awarded through the EPA Exchange Network Grant Program. Additionally, the OCIO works with program bureaus to leverage existing technology investments through increased adoption. Members of this group include Linda Smyth (IT Project Manager II) and Diana Tharp (Technology Adoption Analyst). The group is managed by Kami Gupta.
The Solutions Group is responsible for delivering modern digital technologies to drive the business of the department. Sections in this group are the Web Solutions Section, Application Development Section and the Geospatial Information Systems Section. The group is managed by the Solutions Architect which is currently vacant.
The Web Solutions Section is responsible for delivering publicly available content through our website and incorporating web tools for public use. Members of this section include Robert Graves and Rick Clark.
The Applications Development Section is responsible for Tier 2 Support for the vast majority of existing NMED data-driven web applications. Applications Section also directly supervises Contracted Application Development underway for bureaus and programs via staff augmentation, and works with Full Service Development Vendors to ensure that NMED technical standards are observed. Applications Section provides data reporting services across all NMED applications, and is currently endeavoring to create an API library to facilitate access to public NMED data. Applications Section also has responsibility for streamlining and modernizing application development processes and procedures for both contracted and in-house development. Members of this section include Todd Hochman (lead), Jeff McGuire (PHP), Ullas Joseph (PHP) and Julius Kosgei (Java).
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Section is responsible for procuring licensing of GIS software and software support, assisting media bureaus (air, soils, water) with obtaining and sharing data, both internally and with the public via web maps and mobile apps, creation of GIS standards, and consultation with geoscientists on best practices regarding GIS on projects and requests for proposals. Members of this section include Zack Stauber (lead), Suzan Arfman (GIS analyst) and Philip Polzer (GIS developer). Find the Maps page here.
The Operations Group is responsible for client and application support, and technology infrastructure for NMED. Sections in this group are the Network and Systems Section, the Data Management Section and the Client Support Section. The group is managed by Steve Pappa.
The Network and Systems Section is responsible for the network and server computing infrastructure for NMED. Members of this section include Daniel Henzerling (lead), Billy Lujan, Eric Herrera, Scott Allen and team members of the Applications Support Unit; Heather Wade and Liz Tapanes.
The Data Management Section is responsible for the operation, maintenance, and safeguarding of the department-wide database management systems. Members of this section include John Crain (lead), Lynne Ray, and Bryan Henderson.
The Client Support Section is responsible for first level support for all department PCs, printers and copiers, desktop software, network troubleshooting, managing user access, and managing telecommunications requests. Members of this section include Chris Liebson (lead) Eppie Montoya, Lorrie Gasca, and Rose Casados and team members of the Helpdesk Unit; Barbie Segovia and Heather Trujillo.