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Former VMware Exec Takes Over as Next Federal CIO

Last week, the White House announced that it had concluded its headhunting search after several months, and named VMware's Tony Scott as the next federal CIO of the United States.

The role of CIO at the federal government is a relatively new position, going back to 2009 when Vivek Kundra was the first to be appointed to the job.  Kundra resigned the position within two years, and he left to become a joint fellow at the Kennedy School and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.  Steven VanRoekel replaced Kundra as the country's second CIO, but he also vacated the position in September to serve as the CIO at the humanitarian organization, US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Scott joined VMware in 2013 and served as the virtualization giant's senior vice president and CIO where he lead the global information technology group.  Prior to that, Scott was the CIO at Microsoft from 2008 to 2013.  He also served in the same role at the Walt Disney Company and as chief technology officer, overseeing information systems and services, at General Motors.

"Tony will bring over 35 years of global leadership and management experience to build upon our progress and drive continued success," according to a blog post by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). "Tony is the right person to drive the Administration's Smarter IT Delivery Agenda and the core objectives across the Federal IT portfolio - (1) driving value in Federal IT investments, (2) delivering world-class digital services, and (3) protecting Federal IT assets and information." 

Federal spending on IT in fiscal year 2016 is reported to be $86.4 billion with $49 billion allocated for non-defense expenditures.

More information on Scott's role and upcoming work will be coming in the weeks ahead.

Published Monday, February 09, 2015 6:25 AM by David Marshall
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