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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 Oct. 2.

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 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.

Vacant Position

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. 

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.

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.

Treasury Department: Eric Olson, formerly deputy CIO, has taken over in an acting capacity to replace Sonny Baghowalia, who had served in that role since 2014, a spokesperson confirmed to Nextgov.

Veterans Affairs Department: Beginning Oct. 1, Scott Blackburn will replace Rob Thomas as interim assistant secretary and CIO, a spokesperson confirmed. Thomas announced his retirement at the end of September.

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.

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.

Department of Navy: Dr. Kelly Fletcher took over as acting CIO after Rob Fletcher stepped down Aug. 19, a spokesperson confirmed to Nextgov. Fletcher previously served as the Navy’s principal deputy CIO.

Permanent CIOs

Education Department: Jason Gray took over the CIO spot in May after previously serving as associate CIO at the Transportation Department, a spokesperson confirmed to Nextgov.

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

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

Housing and Urban Development: Johnson Joy was named to that spot in June, a spokesperson confirmed to Nextgov.

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

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

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

Transportation Department: Kristin Baldwin, formerly associate CIO for Business Technology Alignment & Governance, serves as the acting CIO.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Renee Wynn served as deputy CIO for roughly two months before replacing Larry Sweet as CIO in September 2015. Prior to joining NASA in July 2015, Wynn worked the Environmental Protection Agency for 25 years.

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

General Services Administration: David Shive is the permanent CIO for the General Services Administration. For several months in 2016, Shive was also the acting commissioner of the Technology Transformation Service prior to the arrival of Rob Cook.

Office of Personnel Management: David Garcia, formerly the chief information officer for the state of Maryland, became the permanent CIO Oct. 2, replacing David DeVries, who left to become Michigan’s CIO in September.

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

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

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

Air Force: Maj. Gen. Bradford J. Shwedo took over as CIO after Lt. Gen. Bill Bender retired on Aug. 1, a spokesperson confirmed to Nextgov. Swedo previously served as the commander of the 25th Air Force, the service’s intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance wing that also supports cryptographic activities.

Marine Corps: Brig. Gen. Dennis A. Crall has served as CIO since July 2015, a spokesperson told Nextgov. In addition to serving as CIO, he also serves as the director of command, control, communications and computers, the branch’s IT department.

Jack Corrigan and Frank Konkel contributed to this article.

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