Mohana Ravindranath | Nextgov | August 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Another Federal CIO Leaves. Here's Who Remains.

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Editor's Note: Nextgov will continue updating this list as CIOs are named or depart. This was last updated Aug. 10.

The Office of Personnel Management’s chief information officer is stepping down after about a year on the job, an agency spokesperson confirmed.

Dave DeVries, whose last day is in early September, joined OPM from the Pentagon where he was principal deputy chief information officer. The agency has not shared plans for his replacement.

The news comes shortly after President Donald Trump’s pick for Homeland Security Department’s CIO Richard Starapoli stepped down after about three months on the job. A DHS official confirmed to Nextgov that Starapoli’s resignation takes effect Sept. 1 and Deputy Chief Information Officer Stephen Rice will step in as acting CIO—one of many across agencies.

The White House also has yet to fill the federal CIO spot with a permanent appointee—Deputy Federal CIO Margie Graves is acting in that role—and some agencies have placed other top tech leaders in acting roles until permanent replacements are found.

Acting CIOs

Commerce Department: Rod Turk took over as acting chief information officer after political appointee Steven Cooper left the position January 2017.

Defense Department: John Zangardi, formerly the Pentagon’s principal deputy CIO, took over March 1 from Terry Halvorsen, who resigned in February after serving in that role officially since 2015.

Veterans Affairs Department: Rob Thomas is acting assistant secretary and CIO, and a replacement hasn’t been announced, a spokesperson confirmed.

Interior Department: Though Sylvia Burns served in the role for years, a spokesperson said she is acting chief information officer and was formerly division chief for portfolio management at that department.

Environmental Protection Agency: Steven Fine is taking on the role Ann Dunkin left when she took on that position for the County of Santa Clara, the agency confirmed.

Transportation Department: lists Kristin Baldwin as DOT’s acting chief information officer. She was formerly associate CIO for Business Technology Alignment & Governance.

National Science Foundation: lists Dorothy Aronson in that spot. She is also acting director of the Division of Information Systems within NSF’s Office of Information and Resource Management, that site says. She replaced Amy Northcutt, who died in May, FCW reported.

Treasury Department: Eric Olson, formerly deputy CIO, has taken over as acting to replace Sonny Baghowalia, who had served in that role since 2014, Federal News Radio reported.

Permanent CIOs

Energy Department: Max Everett was appointed CIO in July 2017.

Health and Human Services Department: Beth Killoran is CIO, a spokesperson confirmed.

Justice Department: Joe Klimavicz, formerly DOJ’s deputy assistant attorney general, has served as CIO since 2014.

Small Business Administration: Maria Roat took that position in Oct. 2016, having formerly served as the Transportation Department’s chief technology officer.

U.S. Agency for International Development: Jay Mahanand has served in that role since 2014, a spokesperson confirmed.

Social Security Administration: Rajiv Mathur assumed the position in June and also serves as deputy commissioner for systems.

State Department: Frontis Wiggins’s appointment to that post started in July 2016.

Labor Department: Gundeep Ahluwalia joined Labor in 2016 as deputy CIO and as CIO since October 2016.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission: David Nelson has served in this role for about a year, an agency spokesperson confirmed.

Agriculture Department: Jonathan Alboum took that spot in 2015, but Federal News Radio reported Aug. 9 Alboum was reassigned. A USDA spokesperson confirmed to Nextgov "a number" of Senior Executive Service members were reassigned, but wouldn't comment on individuals as the moves are still pending. 

Education Department: The department lists Jason Gray, who took the CIO spot in May, as its current CIO. He was formerly associate CIO at the Transportation Department.

Housing and Urban Development: Johnson Joy was named to that spot in June, Meritalk reported. He was previously head of J3 Global, a cybersecurity company, according to that report.