OPM on the hunt for deputy CIO
- By Chase Gunter
- Aug 18, 2016
David De Vries was just tapped as CIO at the Office of Personnel Management, and he is already on the hunt for a No. 2.
The agency announced its search for a deputy CIO in a job posting on USAJobs.gov on Aug. 17.
The deputy CIO's primary duties include coordinating and communicating agency IT policies, managing the day-to-day responsibilities of the Office of the CIO, and developing strategies and performance measures for implementing IT.
The position requires a top-secret security clearance and the ability to manage relationships with fellow OPM senior executives, employees and stakeholders; with other federal agencies; and with OPM's external business partners.
The deputy CIO is also in charge of leading budget and resource planning and developing a strategy for attracting and retaining talented cybersecurity professionals.
Core executive qualifications also include being results-driven, having business acumen and having the ability to build partnerships and lead change and people.
Following a breach that exposed more than 22 million personnel records, OPM is undergoing a cybersecurity overhaul, which includes implementing multifactor authentication and continuous monitoring and establishing a cybersecurity workforce.
The overhaul also entails filling senior executive positions with candidates who have demonstrated IT expertise to shore up the agency's lagging IT and getting the National Background Investigations Bureau off the ground. The bureau is being assembled to handle OPM's security clearance and background check process.
OPM is looking for applicants who have successful track records with IT innovation, leadership and delivery. The agency is in the midst of a modernization drive but still maintains legacy systems that store unencrypted personal data on federal employees.OPM spent about $147 million on IT in fiscal 2016, a number that is projected to rise to $151.6 million in fiscal 2017.
The deadline for applications is Sept. 19.
Chase Gunter is a staff writer covering civilian agencies, workforce issues, health IT, open data and innovation.
Prior to joining FCW, Gunter reported for the C-Ville Weekly in Charlottesville, Va., and served as a college sports beat writer for the South Boston (Va.) News and Record. He started at FCW as an editorial fellow before joining the team full-time as a reporter.
Gunter is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where his emphases were English, history and media studies.
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