Dana Deasy, chief information officer of the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, issued a memo detailing plans for the transfer of the chief data officer to the CIO office in compliance with the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, Federal News Network reported Tuesday.
In a memo addressed to Deputy Defense Secretary and fellow Wash100 awardee David Norquist, Deasy said he has started seeking candidates for the CDO role and will offer recommendations for appointment to the position.
“To support the CDO, I am planning to establish a small (-10 person) CDO Office within CIO, along with the required responsibilities, talent, and resources to be effective. In addition to utilizing existing CIO resources, I am discussing with CMO the billets and funding assigned for these duties that should transition to CIO,” according to the memo obtained by the network.
Deasy said he expects to have the CDO office formed within 90 days to help advance the department’s digital modernization efforts in support of warfighters. Michael Conlin, also a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, currently serves as the Pentagon’s CDO within the department’s office of the chief management officer.
The Wash100 award, now in its seventh year, recognizes the most influential executives in the GovCon industry as selected by the Executive Mosaic team in tandem with online nominations from the GovCon community. Representing the best of the private and public sector, the winners demonstrate superior leadership, innovation, reliability, achievement and vision.
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