Greg Ambrose to depart VA

The VA's deputy CIO for product development, a veteran of the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, is stepping down after just a few months at the agency.

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Greg Ambrose, the deputy CIO for product development at the Department of Veterans Affairs, is stepping down to work in the private sector, he told FCW Oct. 13. Ambrose joined the VA in June to fill a post that had been vacant since Lorraine Landfried's exit in July 2014.

Ambrose's departure comes on the heels of other high-profile exits in the VA Office of Information and Technology, with the agency's former acting CIO, Stephen Warren, and chief information security officer, Stan Lowe, both leaving this summer. The exodus follows the arrival of IT chief LaVerne Council, who took over as assistant secretary for information and technology in July.

Ambrose was previously the State Department's director of consular systems and technology. In July 2014, he led the department's response to a system-wide data warehouse crash that left the government unable to handle requests for three days. It took officials two weeks to clear the backlog.

Prior to his work at State, Ambrose served as CIO for the Department of Homeland Security's US-VISIT program, whose successor is the Office of Biometric Identity Management. Ambrose earned a 2013 Federal 100 award for his work at DHS.

From 2004 to 2011, Ambrose served in different IT roles at the Defense Department, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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