DHS CIO named acting acting under secretary for management

Scott Charbo, the Homeland Security Department's chief information officer, has been tasked to also serve as the agency's acting under secretary for management, the agency announced late today.

Charbo, who was nominated to the DHS CIO post last summer, will replace Janet Hale, who resigned as under secretary for management in March.

Charbo will continue to serve at DHS's CIO.

As under secretary for management, Charbo will be responsible for a wide range of agency functions above and beyond information technology including budgeting, procurement, and human resources.

"Scott’s wealth of experience in the public and private sectors will serve him well in this position," DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff said in a statement. "Scott will also continue to serve as the department’s Chief Information Officer, responsible for the information technology management for over 180,000 employees."

"I look forward to working with Scott as we continue to fully integrate our management architecture and strengthen accountability in our financial and personnel systems," Chertoff said.

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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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