UPDATED: Grams to leave IRS CIO post for NIST

Editor's note: This story was updated at 10:30 a.m. June 14, 2006, with additional information. It was updated again at 4:10 p.m. to correct the spelling of Bill Jeffrey's name.

W. Todd Grams is leaving his chief information officer post at the Internal Revenue Service to be chief financial officer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the IRS announced today.

An IRS spokesman said officials have not determined who will fill the CIO position. Grams’ last day is to be determined.

“The CFO position at NIST is a perfect match at this point in my life — both professionally and personally,” Grams said in a statement.

Grams said he will take a leading role regarding NIST’s business systems, budgets, finances, procurements and grants. He will work with NIST Director Bill Jeffrey as the agency supports the President’s American Competitiveness Initiative.

Grams joined the IRS in February 2001 as chief financial officer after more than two decades of work at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of Management and Budget. Under his leadership, the IRS gained its first clean financial opinion from the Government Accountability Office. In June 2003, Grams was selected for the CIO position, which oversees a staff of about 7,000 people and a $1.8 billion budget.

“Todd has made an invaluable contribution to the agency since he became chief information officer three years ago. He brought credibility to the IRS modernization effort, and he helped oversee successful implementation of several key programs,” IRS Commissioner Mark Everson said in a statement.

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