Technology and Information Challenges Facing the City of New York

Paul J. Cosgrave was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on June 14, 2006.

Throughout his more than 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, Commissioner Cosgrave has devoted his career to using the power of technology to make people and the organizations they serve more effective.

At DoITT, Commissioner Cosgrave is committed to ensuring that City services are accessible to all New Yorkers. Among his initial goals are to establish a new Citywide IT strategy and to enhance DoITT’s standing as a leader in IT security. To achieve this, the Commissioner is focusing first and foremost on the reliability of City systems, along with their flexibility, efficiency and standardization.

Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Cosgrave served as the Executive Vice President for Crown Consulting, Inc., where he directed an Enterprise Architecture team to design the overall structure of the Next Generation Air Transportation System for the Federal Aviation Administration.

From 1998 to 2001, he served as Chief Information Officer at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), an organization with an annual budget of $1.6 billion and a staff of 7,900, where he led a major restructuring and centralization of information systems.