Barry West appointed Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

October 11, 2017: Barry West has been appointed as the Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer and as a Senior Adviser at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), effective on Sunday, October 15, 2017, DHS Acting CIO Stephen Rice announced to staff in an e-mail message on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. West has been appointed under a limited-term Senior Executive Service appointment. A limited-term SES appointment can last up to three years, is nonrenewable, and must be to an SES General position, which will expire because of the nature of the work, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). In his e-mail message, Rice didn’t say how long West’s appointment would last. West initially came to DHS to support former CIO Richard Starapoli, who resigned in August, 2017, after only four months on the job. The decision to extend West’s time at DHS isn’t surprising. West is succeeding Rice on an acting basis. Since coming to DHS Headquarters from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in June, 2017, Rice had been the Acting Deputy CIO. This will be West’s sixth agency where he has worked as a computer and information executive. Previously, he was the CIO at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the National Weather Service (NWS). Additionally, he was the president of the Mason Harriman Group, a management consulting company. OPM, FDIC and PBGC are independent agencies. TSA and FEMA are divisions of DHS. NWS is a division of the Commerce Department.


Attribution: Federal News Radio



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