FBI hires CIO from Mormons
- By William Matthews
- Jul 10, 2002
The FBI has hired the information and communications chief of the Mormon
Church to be its new chief information officer.
Darwin John replaces Bob Dies as CIO as the FBI struggles to modernize
its computer systems. The bureau is hoping to provide its agents with desktop
computers and IT capabilities long commonplace in most offices access
to the Internet and internal networks, e-mail, the ability to work with
electronic files and retrieve information from bureau databases.
The FBI still keeps most of its records on paper scattered among offices
across the country.
In an announcement aptly posted on its Web site the bureau said
John helped the Mormon Church set up a Family Search Web site (www.familysearch.org), which gets up to 8 million hits a day for information from a database of 900 million names. The Mormon Church, known formally as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a major source
for genealogical information.
As the bureau's CIO, John's job is to "lead the development of information
technology strategies," the FBI said. Among the bureau's top IT endeavors
are the Trilogy project to upgrade FBI desktop computers and networks, the
bureau's effort to adopt "investigative data warehousing" as a key technology
in the war against terrorism, and improving its ability to battle cybercrime.
In addition to the Mormon Church, John has held senior information management
jobs at Scott Paper, where he was a vice president; General Mills Inc.,
where he was director of information and communications systems development
and operations; and Honeywell Inc., where he was a senior systems analyst.
He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Utah State University.