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Longest-serving Federal CIO to Step Down

DOJ CIO Vance Hitch, Photo: cio.gov

The chief information officer of the Justice Department, Vance Hitch, the longest-serving cabinet-level federal CIO, is retiring, Federal News Radio reports.

Hitch, who was appointed to his CIO post in 2002, will step down at the end of July.

“It has been an honor and privilege to work with the extremely talented technology experts of the department and with all of my esteemed colleagues across the federal government for the past nine years,” Hitch wrote in an email to DOJ personnel that was obtained by Federal News Radio.

“At the department, we strived every day to further enhance information technology to support the department’s critical missions,” he added. “We have had significant achievements in many areas, including cybersecurity and information sharing, and I know that the department will continue to thrive in those and other aspects of information technology.”

As DOJ CIO, Hitch is credited with transforming the department’s IT posture, overseeing an expansion of the agency’s IT budget to $3.1 billion by this year, Federal News Radio reports.

Hitch also co-led the CIO Council’s Information Security and Identity Management Committee for several years and consulted on several key federal cybersecurity initiatives, including the 2009 60-day Cyberspace Policy Review.

Before joining DOJ, he worked for 28 years at IT consulting firm Accenture.

No replacement has yet been named.

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