DHS to name new CIO

DHS to name new CIO

Summary: The Department of Homeland Security said this week that it will name Richard Mangogna CIO.Mangogna comes to the DHS from Mason Harriman Group, where he was a senior advisory to the firm's agencies.

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The Department of Homeland Security said this week that it will name Richard Mangogna CIO.

Mangogna comes to the DHS from Mason Harriman Group, where he was a senior advisory to the firm's agencies. He also was CIO at JP Morgan Chase, the division head of Business Re-engineering Management at Chase Manhattan Bank and President and CEO of COVIDEA online technology services.

In a statement, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff said Mangogna has "the managerial and information technology experience needed to continue the great progress already made with our department's technology systems."

Nevertheless, the DHS gig is likely to be a headache for Mangogna. DHS, which churns through technology executives, has been had three CIOs in five years not counting deputies that stepped up on an interim basis. Simply put, melding the IT systems among 22 separate agencies is challenging to say the least and potentially impossible.

In 2005, the DHS named Scott Charbo CIO. Two years later Charbo was promoted out of the position. Before Charbo, Steve Cooper was the CIO of the DHS. Cooper left in April 2005 to become CIO of the American Red Cross. Cooper was named CIO in 2003 by President Bush. Add it up and you have an average tenure of two years for a CIO position that in theory is responsible for the technology of a massive department.

Here's to hoping Mangogna sticks long enough to make real progress.

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  • Brown Shirts

    Now maybe we have someone to recruit some Brown Shirts to enforce the rules "for our own good".
    winddrift03
  • RE: DHS to name new CIO

    Frankly, I think DHS likes the fact that they are in disarray and have no clear agenda...
    By being disorganized, they can claim jurisdiction over any security jobs the government doesn't have anybody else to fill...
    Problem is, when/if DHS finally gets reined in, they may have so much power that nobody can control them...
    I've heard it suggested that the Gestapo were the true terror in Nazi Germany, not Hitler. He just started the organization (much like George Bush) and they got WAY out of control...
    I have my doubts about this but it does seem that the spirit of McCarthyism is still alive and well in America!
    nick@...