Justice CIO departing for law firm

Justice Department's Justice Management Division

After a government career spanning nearly 25 years, Stephen Colgate is leaving his job as the Justice Department's chief information officer and assistant attorney general for administration.

Beginning Monday, Colgate will be the executive director of the law firm Piper, Marbury, Rudnick & Wolfe LLC.

Janis Sposato, the deputy assistant attorney general for law and policy, will be the acting CIO and assistant attorney general for administration beginning next week, a Justice Department spokeswoman said.

Colgate has served as the Justice Department's senior administrative official for the past nine years. He has been responsible for financial management, human resources, facilities, security and information technology.

Although Colgate served as the department's CIO, the deputy CIO has largely been seen as the IT point person for the department.

Colgate had risen in the chain of command at Justice, previously serving as executive officer in the Civil Rights Division and assistant director of the budget staff. Prior to Justice, he worked at the Treasury Department as director of finance and at the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a budget officer.

Dorobek is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Va.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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