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Takai to leave DOD

Defense Department CIO Teri Takai speaking at a Feb. 20, 2014, press conference.

Defense Department CIO Teri Takai told her staff on April 28 that she will step down in May.

Defense Department CIO Teri Takai is leaving the Pentagon, a spokesperson confirmed April 28. Her last day will be May 2.

The department has no immediate plans to name a successor, the spokesperson said.

Takai became DOD's CIO in October 2010 after a drawn-out process that ended with President Barack Obama withdrawing her nomination and the Pentagon restructuring the position so that it no longer required Senate confirmation.

In her email message to staff, Takai stressed the progress made on aligning DOD's "vast IT networks and resources to move toward a Joint Information Environment," as well as her office's work on cloud and mobile-first initiatives. She also announced an all-hands meeting for April 30.

Takai's departure adds to a growing list of exits by DOD executives. Former Deputy CIO Robert Carey left the Pentagon for the private sector in late March, while the Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer -- another key driver of IT -- has seen DCMO Elizabeth McGrath, Director of Planning and Performance Management Paul Brubaker and Assistant DCMO David Wennergren leave since last summer.

Takai, who had previously served as CIO for California and Michigan, has been mentioned in recent months as a candidate for the New York City CIO position. She did not respond to inquiries regarding her plans.

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Reader comments

Thu, May 1, 2014

One has to wonder why all these top jobs across all agencies are open and unfilled. Perhaps it's not as coincidental as people are making out. Just think about it, could an agency benefit from not having people in a job, but instead have people who are merely acting in that high level capacity. What does that provide the agency in terms of liberties, protection or coverage? Just think about it, then think about where the concept might be coming from.

Wed, Apr 30, 2014


Tue, Apr 29, 2014 John Weiler United States

Ms. Takai could have accomplished more had she been given task of streamlining IT Acquisition as directed in the 2010 NDAA Section 804. Her efforts to advance JIE and Cloud clearly avoided the DOD5000 waterfall processes that have yet to deliver any major IT program capability in a decade. Hopefully, her replacement, with the support of Robert Work, can overcome the "acquisition mafia" everyone speak about in private.

Tue, Apr 29, 2014 OldCio DC

This is the worst thing that could happen to DoD IT. I think Teri was pretty much their last hope of ever having any leadership that understood IT.

Mon, Apr 28, 2014

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