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Barrett appointed to state information technology commission

Barrett appointed to state information technology commission

LINCOLN, Neb. – Gov. Pete Ricketts has appointed the president of Northeast Community College to a state commission that promotes the use of information technology in education, health care, economic development, and all levels of government services. Dr. Leah Barrett is one of nine members of the Nebraska Information Technology Commission (NITC).

Established by the Legislature to provide advice, strategic direction, and accountability on information technology investments in the state, the NITC annually prepares a Statewide Technology Plan, provides biannual recommendations on technology investments to the Governor and the Legislature, and adopts technical standards, guidelines, and architectures. 

The commission is assisted by six advisory groups: Community, Education, eHealth, GIS, and State Government councils and the Technical Panel.

Barrett’s appointment comes after Ricketts recently announced the State’s plans to expand reliable, high-speed internet service across Nebraska. The Governor was joined by members of the “Connect Nebraska” working group, a team of leaders tasked with optimizing state and federal funds to expand broadband.

Barrett’s appointment runs through April 2026. Daniel Spray, president of Precision Technology of Norfolk, also serves on the NITC.