Still seeking a CIO

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The June 18 announcement that Malcolm Jackson is leaving the Environmental Protection Agency adds yet another CIO vacancy to government's list. Here are other key agencies that are still seeking a permanent IT leader:

  • Department of Homeland Security. Margie Graves has been acting CIO since March 15, when Richard Spires went on leave. He has since resigned.
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development. Barbara Elliott has been acting CIO since April 26, when Jerry Williams left to be CIO of the Education Department's Office of Federal Student Aid.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs. Stephen Warren has been acting CIO since March 1, when Roger Baker left for a position at Agilex.
  • NASA. Richard Keegan has been acting CIO since April 3, when Linda Cureton retired from government service and launched her own consulting firm.
  • Office of Personnel Management. Charles Simpson has been acting CIO since mid-February, when Matthew Perry was reassigned within OPM.
  • Social Security Administration. Deborah Russell has been acting CIO since January, when G. Kelly Croft retired.

One department, however, recently succeeded in appointing a CIO. Richard McKinney, a former government technology adviser at Microsoft and CIO for Nashville, Tenn., took over as the Transportation Department’s CIO on May 13. Tim Schmidt had been serving as DOT's acting CIO since September 2012, when Nitin Pradhan left to launch Public Private Innovations, billed as the first U.S. federal technology accelerator.

Related: John Palguta on why executive vacancies take so long to fill.

About the Author

Reid Davenport is an FCW editorial fellow. Connect with him on Twitter: @ReidDavenport.


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