Richard "Dickie" Howze
Tel: (225) 342-7105
Fax: (225) 219-9465

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 94095
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9095

Physical Address:
Claiborne Building
1201 N. Third St., Suite 2-130
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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Louisiana Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

As defined in R.S. 39:15.5, the roles, duties, and activities of the TAG are to:

  • Serve as the technology counterpart to the IT Advisory Board, providing advice and support as requested
  • Advise the CIO on technology approaches to coordinating information technology solutions among state government entities
  • Provide a forum for the discussion of emerging technologies that enhance electronice accessibility to various publicly funded sources of information and services.
  • Provide technical resources to assist the CIO in the development and implementation of statewide information technology plans, policies, architecture, standards, and guidelines.
  • Provide advice and support as requested by the CIO
  • Provide assistance to the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget as required under the provisions of R.S. 39:15.3(C). 
TAG Members

Andrews, Dawson IT Director Corrections
Bowler, Shirley Deputy Commissioner Insurance
Bryant, Douglas IT Director Culture, Recreation and Tourism
Cannizaro, Amy Confidential Assistant Veterans Affairs
DiFulco, Frank Assistant CIO Supreme Court
Dousay, David IT Director Wildlife and Fisheries
Elder, Dave Acting IT Director Education
Gilbert, Mark IS Applications Analyst House of Representatives
Grantham, Christina Director, Constituent Svcs. Office of the Governor
Harper, Robert D. Undersecretary Natural Resources
Heitmeier, David Senator Senate
Howze, Richard Undersecretary Children and Family Services
Hutchinson, Kris IT Director Agriculture and Forestry
Jindal, Raj IT Director Workforce Commission
Jiwa, Zachary IT CIO Health and Hospitals
LeBlanc, Brent IT Director Public Service Commission
Montagnino, Greg IT Director Revenue
Neal, Lance Associate Commissioner Board of Regents
Riley, Michael Section Chief, MIS Justice
Sands, Tom IT Director Transportation and Development
Selvaratnam, Jeya IT Director Public Safety
Templet, Shannon Director Civil Service
Vacant IT Director Treasury
Walker, Randall Chief Technology Officer DOA/OIT
Weatherford, Chrissie IT Director Secretary of State