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DHS CIO Richard Staropoli Steps Down

Richard Staropoli, chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security, has resigned from his post, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.

His resignation came three months after he was appointed by President Donald Trump to replace Luke McCormack in the CIO role.

Stephen Rice, principal deputy CIO at DHS, told information technology executives at the agency’s CIO Council meeting that Staropoli cited the commute from New Jersey as the reason for his decision, sources say.

Prior to DHS, Staropoli previously served as managing director and chief information security officer for counter-party risk at international hedge fund Fortress Investment Group.

He spent more than two decades as a U.S. Secret Service special agent with the presidential protective division, intelligence community and the hostage rescue unit.

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