Bill Vajda Named Interior Department CIO

The U.S. Senate confirmed Bill Vajda, former chief information officer of Alaska, to fill the same role at the Department of Interior. He is returning to federal service after a decade of state government work, Federal News Network reported Friday.

Vajda succeeds Sylvia Burns, who stepped down in 2018 to serve as deputy CIO for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In a previous role he served as city manager of Marquette, Mich. He held various leadership roles at multiple federal agencies including the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Education and the National Security Agency.

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