Stephen Rice

Acting Chief Information Officer

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Stephen Rice is Acting Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Since January 20, 2017, he has overseen the management, security, and sharing of DHS information technology as Deputy Chief Information Officer and was named Acting Chief Information Officer in August 2017.

Prior to stepping into the DHS PDCIO role, Mr. Rice served in the Transportation Security Administration, first as Deputy CIO and Deputy Assistant Administrator, then as CIO and Assistant Administrator for the Office of Information Technology. Mr. Rice played a significant role in the initial deployment of IT services and network connectivity to airport and field locations nationwide.

Mr. Rice’s experience at the Department of Homeland Security began in the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), where he played both intelligence and technical roles. In his nearly decade-long tenure with the USSS, Mr. Rice assisted the intelligence investigation unit that responded to the Oklahoma City bombings, managed data communication teams for several Secret Service protection events, and assisted with management of telecommunications for both presidential conventions. Mr. Rice gained additional federal experience as security program manager for the Department of Commerce, and in the private sector as a network consultant, designing and developing critical network designs.