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Richard Spires Resigns from DHS CIO Role

SpiresDepartment of Homeland Security chief information officer Richard Spires announced that he will leave his position, effective Tuesday.

FCW reports that Spires’ resignation has been accepted and Deputy CIO Margie Graves will continue serving as the agency’s acting CIO.

Spires went on paid leave March 15, and sources told FCW that fundamental disagreements about the CIO’s authority over department-wide budgeting and purchasing of commodity IT was a major reason for the departure.

In an email obtained by FCW’s Frank Konkel, Spires, who has been DHS CIO since September 2009, wrote to various DHS officials, ” I take pride in working with you to have IT more effectively support the Homeland Security missions and business as we also have worked to more efficiently deliver our services.”

Spires will be on the agency’s payroll until May 17 and it is not known what will become of his position as vice-chairman of the federal CIO Council.

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