Trump Appoints New Chief Information Officer

Trump Appoints New Chief Information Officer

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On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump appointed Dr. John Zangardi to the position of Chief Information Officer with the Department of Homeland Security.

The announcement was included in a list of recent appointments from President Trump, including the appointments of William Beach as Commissioner of Labor Statistics and Irving Denis as Chief Financial Officer with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Zangardi will be replacing Richard Starolopi, who resigned on Aug. 3. Starolopi, who served as a special agent in the U.S. Secret Service, unexpectedly left the position after three months on the job. His exit followed several sudden, high-profile resignations, including chief of staff Reince Priebus and communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who resigned after only ten days.

Dr. Zangardi holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton, a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Ph.D. from George Mason University. He began his career as a Naval Flight Officer, where he served in a variety of positions including Head of Aviation Programming (N801K) and Assistant for Programming (N78C).

Upon retirement from the Navy, Dr. Zangardi was appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) as the Deputy Director Warfare Integration Programs (N6FB) within the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Communications Networks (N6) Directorate. He became the Principal Deputy Department of Defense Chief Information Officer on October 2, 2016, and began serving as the Acting Chief Information Officer for the Department of Defense after Terry Halvorsen, retired at the end of February.

After less than a month as the Acting CIO, Dr. Zangardi is stepping into the role officially with the Department of Homeland Security.


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