David Behen

Director and CIO - State of Michigan

In his dual roles as director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget and Michigan’s chief information officer, David B. Behen sets strategic direction and ensures innovative, effective and efficient services to more than 47,000 state employees and 9.9 million Michigan citizens. With an annual operating budget of $1.4 billion, the department employs 2,800 staff who provide business and IT services.  By placing a focus on customer service, he has led the charge to take state government services directly to the citizen. Behen is charged with bringing together a multitude of disparate organizations and departments to work together with a "shared vision" to achieve success for all stakeholders, public and private.

As a member of Governor Rick Snyder’s Cabinet Behen provides expertise and advice on technology investments and programs as well as cybersecurity. He maintains a “clearance-secret” status granted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  

Under Behen’s direction, Michigan has established itself as a national leader in the IT arena. DTMB and its IT operations are responsible for a portfolio of high-impact and innovative initiatives aimed at improving government through technology. Some of these landmark initiatives include:

•  Innovating Citizen-Centric Services: Behen spearheaded the implementation of the State of Michigan Digital Strategy, an initiative that brings services to the citizen through a vision of citizencentric government.  This long-range strategic plan aggressively advances innovative technology solutions in state government to adapt to citizen needs, and includes the development of mobile applications, implementation of enterprise information management and the use of cloud for storage and risk mitigation and management.  Behen has directed the implementation of MiPage, a personalized mobile application that incorporates cutting edge technology and security to ensure a personalized interaction with state government.  He has also worked to use big data capabilities to create a Master Person Index, which will allow citizens to log in securely and seamlessly interact with applications across multiple state agencies.

•  Nationwide Cybersecurity Leadership:  Behen leads the Governor’s Cybersecurity Initiative, a fouryear strategy to combat the growing threat of cybercrime by securing sensitive data and building coalitions between the public and private sectors.  He also implemented Michigan’s Cyber Disruption Strategy, which serves as a national model to help states create a collaborative public/private sector remediation plan to respond to a cyberattack. Behen fronted the team that created, developed and raised the initial funding for the public/private Michigan Cyber Range, the first unclassified cyber range in the United States.

 National Leadership on Effective and Efficient Delivery of IT Service: With customer service as a focus, Behen directs a team of 1,800 IT employees with an annual budget of approximately $665 million. Behen oversees the management of IT projects for more than 20 state agencies, completing over 275 projects on time and/or on budget.  

Behen’s leadership has brought Michigan distinguished recognition. Michigan earned an A grade in the Center for Digital Government’s Digital States Survey in 2012, 2014 and 2016 – one of only 2 states to have earned this grade for three consecutive years.  CIO Magazine presented Michigan with its CIO 100 Award in 2013 and 2016. ComputerWorld named Behen among its 100 Premier IT Leaders.  Government Technology named Governor Snyder and Behen to its top-25 list of IT doers, dreamers and drivers.  

Behen holds a number of board and committee positions in professional and technology organizations. He is a chair of the governing body for the Detroit CIO Executive Summit and chair of the North American International Cyber Summit planning committee. He also chairs the advisory board for the Michigan Digital Summit and is a member of the Michigan Homeland Protection Board.  

Before joining the State of Michigan, Behen cofounded a software company and served as a vice president and CIO of its parent corporation. He also worked as CIO and deputy administrator of Washtenaw County.

Behen earned a bachelor of science degree and a master of science in public administration degree from Eastern Michigan University. He and his wife, Rosalie, have three children.