I gather Peter Quinn has had enough of the public sector. He has resigned from ITD as of January 9. However, my sources tell me that it in no way indicates a change of policy there. And he was not forced out. Just that a decent man has no taste for the unpleasant tactics that one finds in politics nowadays and doesn't wish to be the focus of controversy. Can you blame him, after the sordid article in the Boston Globe? That article's innuendo of wrongdoing proved to be absolutely false, as you know. I hope the Boston Globe does some really deep thinking about its role in all of this. No one human and decent will volunteer to work in the public sector if they are egregiously mistreated as their reward. I believe it's pointless to ask Microsoft to ponder its ways.
I just interviewed Quinn's prior boss, Eric Kriss, and here's what he tells me, although note that it's not an official statement, since Kriss is no longer with the administration.
I've heard that Peter Quinn resigned as the CIO of Massachusetts effective Jan 9, 2006. I met with Peter briefly on December 21, prior to his decision, and he indicated to me he was extremely uncomfortable with the personal attention surrounding the open format controversy. Peter is an IT professional who is not accustomed to the rough-and-tumble world of politics. He found the last few months to be very distasteful, especially the Boston Globe article that seemed to imply some sort of improper influence related to his conference travel. He was completely cleared after an internal administrative review.
As far as I know, Peter was not forced out over policy differences with senior administration officials.