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FBI taps veteran agent to head IT shop

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The FBI tapped John S. Adams to serve as the executive assistant director of its Information and Technology Branch.

The Information and Technology Branch is charged with overseeing and modernizing IT infrastructure and information sharing throughout the bureau and consists of three divisions: the IT Enterprise Services Division, the IT Applications and Data Division and the IT Infrastructure Division.

Adams, who most recently served as the assistant director of the Directorate of National Intelligence, is a 20-year veteran of the bureau.

Starting his career with the bureau in 1997, Adams has served in FBI's counterterrorism division, as well as in the Knoxville, Tenn., where he led a joint terrorism task force; Richmond, Va., where he led its national security branch; and in the Norfolk, Va., and Washington, D.C., offices. His portfolio has included investigating espionage, drug trafficking, violent crime and terrorism.

In his new role, Adams will succeed James Turgal, who left the FBI in October 2017.

Gordon Bitko currently serves as the bureau's CIO.

The move comes as the FBI considers adopting a new secure, large-scale cloud computing service to support roughly 50,000 users. Its $30 billion Information Technology Supplies and Support Services contact vehicle is set to expire this October.

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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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