Longest-serving federal CIO to retire

The longest-serving Cabinet-level CIO in the federal government is retiring.

Vance Hitch, who has been CIO at the Justice Department since 2002, told colleagues he is stepping down in July, Federal News Radio reports.

Hitch gave no indication of his plans after retirement, according to the article.

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Reader comments

Mon, Jun 27, 2011

Van will be missed for sure. He is an exceptional leader and visionary. DOJ will have a very hard time replacing him.

Tue, Jun 21, 2011 Washington, DC

Maybe Van heard about the Senate not renewing the current FBI Director...they walked in the door at the same time. Maybe it's time for him to go anyway...they both oversaw the FBI's case management debacle and have hung around since, right?

Mon, Jun 20, 2011

Vance Who?

Mon, Jun 20, 2011 Bob

So what does Kundra have to show for his time in office? The administration (re govt IT)???

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