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ICE names new CIO

Michael C. Brown, former executive director of IT Services Office at US Department of Homeland Security.

Michael Brown will take over as CIO at Immigration and Customs Enforcement on July 26.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement went with a veteran executive inside the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the CIO to head up its IT operations.

According to an internal ICE memo issued July 6, Michael Brown, now an IT executive in DHS’s CIO office, will take over as ICE's new chief information officer on July 26.

Brown, an FCW Fed 100 winner in 2013, will replace Kevin Kern, who left the CIO slot about nine months ago. Before his stint at ICE, Kern had been a senior vice president and CIO at Unisys.

Since Kern's departure, ICE Deputy CIO Steve Smith served as acting CIO, while Jim Spratt had stepped in to serve as the acting deputy CIO during the period.

Brown has been executive director for the Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) within the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer since 2007. In that position, said the memo, he supervised the management of all DHS-wide infrastructure services and ensured that ITSO was aligned with DHS’s mission and strategic goals, as well as the agency's “One Network, One Infrastructure, One DHS” business objectives.

Brown had previously served as DHS’s deputy director for infrastructure operations and as director of systems operations, and as director of enterprise infrastructure at Customs and Border Protection, like ICE a DHS component agency.

In his work at DHS ITSO, Brown completed the migration of 16 data centers to two enterprise centers, which the department said would save $2.8 billion through 2030. He also transitioned more than 100,000 DHS employees to a private cloud email service, and launched a platform-as-a-service that supports Linux, open-source and Wintel environments.

Posted by Mark Rockwell on Jul 06, 2015 at 8:40 AM


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