Flyzik to retire from government

Confirming rumors that have been circulating for some time, former Treasury chief information officer Jim Flyzik announced that he will retire Dec. 17 after 28 years in government service.

His retirement will come at the end of his second detail to the Office of Homeland Security, where he has served as a primary adviser to Steve Cooper, senior director for information integration and CIO of the Office of Homeland Security.

"I plan to keep working with Steve Cooper and homeland security...right on up to Dec. 17," Flyzik said at the Industry Advisory Council's Executive Leadership Conference, where he made the announcement. "I have not made any decision about future employment or what to do next."

His primary goal for his remaining time at the Office of Homeland Security, he said, is "going to be continuity and making sure that people are in place and the processes are in place. I want to feel good about what we've accomplished."

There are no definitive plans to name a replacement for Flyzik. However, the office may tap information technology executives to work on particular issues, such as Don Hagerling, chief technology officer at Treasury, to work on the homeland security enterprise architecture.

On Nov. 20, Flyzik will preside over his last CIO Council meeting as vice chairman. At that meeting, the council will announce the new vice chair — someone whom Flyzik said he will work closely with.

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