The Circuit


State CIO moves to IMF


Susan Swart will become the next CIO of the International Monetary Fund. The organization's managing director, Christine Lagarde, announced on June 28 that she has informed the executive board of her intention to pick Swart for the job.

"In a strong field of global candidates, Susan demonstrated expertise with the technology challenges of the kind faced by the Fund and has a distinguished record in delivering high quality IT services in a public sector environment," Lagarde said.

Swart is currently the State department's CIO, and has been with the agency since 1989. She will begin her work at IMF in August, replacing outgoing CIO Jonathan Palmer.

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments


Air Force's Keffer and George swap jobs

Two Air Force officers have just received new assignments to swap jobs between the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, Md., and the Pentagon.

Brig. Gen. Jim Keffer, who has been selected for the rank of major general, will become assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance at Air Force headquarters in the Pentagon. Previously, he served as deputy chief of the Central Security Service at NSA.

Brig. Gen. Donald George, who has been serving as special assistant to deputy chief of staff for ISR at Air Force headquarters, will succeed Keffer as deputy chief of the Central Security Service at NSA in Ft. Meade.

Posted by Amber Corrin on Jun 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments


HHS deputy CIO given Vanguard Award

John Teeter, deputy CIO at the Health and Human Services Department, received the Government Technology Research Alliance’s Vanguard Award for his work at the department through the years, the group announced June 26.

GTRA pointed to his efforts to increase efficiency, interoperability and information-sharing throughout his 27-year career at HHS. His accomplishments include a federated approach for programs in the Office of the CIO along with HHS program integration within the OCIO. He has also supported e-government initiatives in light of the department’s mission.

Mary Forbes, chief architect at HHS, said Teeter is “a visionary and change-agent” with a passion for enterprise architecture.

“He addresses each new business requirement or mandate as an opportunity to achieve the mission and advance the enterprise,” she said.

Parham Eftekhari, director of research and co-founder of GTRA, said Teeter is respected for his efforts to help the government provide health care.

“John Teeter is not only widely respected in the community as one of the most innovative minds in architecture and information technology, but is admired by peers for his genuine desire to serve his country and those he interacts with in order to improve the government’s ability to provide services to citizens, warfighters, and veterans alike,” Eftekhari said.

The annual GTRA Vanguard Award goes to an exceptional government IT leader who has made significant contributions to his or her department, the federal IT community as a whole, and to GTRA. Recipients are selected based on a combination of factors, including service to the government, notable accomplishments positively affecting their organization, and feedback from coworkers and superiors.

Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments