DOE seeking IT quartet

The Energy Department is in the market for four top information technology

specialists, including the newly created job of cybersecurity chief.

"I decided to bundle them together," Energy CIO John Gilligan said Tuesday.

"I intentionally slowed the recruiting to advertise them together."

Two of the jobs are vacancies, including the deputy chief information post

and the head of operations, which supports desktop computers in the department.

The other two are newly created jobs — the cybersecurity officer and a position

in charge of information architecture policies.

"We've had a large number of inquiries, and so I'm cautiously optimistic,"

Gilligan said.

Gilligan said he does not expect to fill the jobs until this summer because

security clearances are necessary. And he said he is seeing substantial

competition from the private sector, which can pay more money and offer

more benefits.

Nevertheless, many candidates are looking at the job openings as a good

opportunity within government, especially military retirees who "are looking

for the same level of responsibility they had in their military careers

and not found it in most civilian jobs," Gilligan said.

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