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IT Industry Vet Tony Scott Chosen for Federal CIO Role

Tony Scott
Tony Scott

The Obama administration is set to nominate Tony Scott, chief information officer at VMware, as federal CIO and administrator for the Office of Management and Budget‘s e-government and information technology unit.

Scott has led VMware’s IT organization since 2013 and served as Microsoft‘s CIO for five years prior to his current position, the White House said Thursday.

The more than 35-year industry veteran also held the CIO role at Walt Disney after he worked for General Motors as a chief technology officer.

If confirmed, Scott would help the White House drive its Smarter IT Delivery Agenda and manage IT portfolio across the government, according to a blog post by OMB Director Shaun Donovan and Deputy Director Beth Cobert.

Donovan and Cobert said Scott would also be expected to work with agencies to improve delivery of digital services as well as protect federal data and systems.

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