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Report: Barry West Named Acting DHS Deputy CIO

Barry West

Barry West, a senior adviser at the Department of Homeland Security, has been named deputy chief information officer of DHS effective Oct. 15, FedScoop reported Tuesday.

Interim DHS CIO Steve Rice said in an e-mail to staff that West will serve in a limited-term senior executive service appointment as senior adviser and as deputy CIO.

Rice did not specify the duration of West’s appointment, but limited-term SES roles have a maximum length of three years, the report noted.

West has served as senior accountable official for risk management at DHS, where he helped align the department with the Trump administration’s cybersecurity policies.

He previously held CIO roles at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., Commerce DepartmentFederal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

West’s industry career includes senior leadership roles at information technology companies Mason Harriman Group and Strategic Enterprise Solutions.

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