The Office of Personnel Management announced the appointment of a new permanent Chief Information Officer this week.
David De Vries, currently the Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Department of Defense, will join OPM as CIO in the coming weeks.
OPM has been without a permanent CIO after Donna Seymour resigned from the position earlier this year in the wake of the massive data breaches that hit the agency’s computer networks and left the personal data of millions of current and former federal employees vulnerable. Seymour had left her position just two days before she was scheduled to appear at a hearing before a House Committee.
De Vries joins OPM after a distinguished career spanning more than 35 years at the Defense Department, the last seven in the Senior Executive Service in DoD CIO. While at the Defense Department, De Vries was instrumental in the transition of DoD information technology (IT) to a single, secure department-wide architecture—siPermilar to the plan OPM has been implementing. De Vries was also influential in the Defense Department’s cybersecurity initiatives.
“I’m elated that David has decided to join our team here at OPM,” said Beth Cobert, Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management. “David has decades worth of the technical and management experience necessary to hit the ground running as we continue our technology transformation efforts, and work with our partners at DoD to stand up the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB).”
“Dave will be missed by DoD, but DoD isn’t losing his expertise,” said Terry Halvorsen, Department of Defense Chief Information Officer. “As DoD and OPM continue to improve current IT systems and begin the development of the new IT services and environment to support the NBIB, he will play a key leadership role, ensuring integration between OPM and DoD.”