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Richard Spires (Photo: FedScoop)

Richard Spires (Photo: FedScoop)

FedScoop has learned that Department of Homeland Security’s Chief Information Officer Richard Spires has been put on immediate “on leave” status with no further explanation as to why. Inquiries made to DHS officials about the matter this morning confirmed his “on leave” status and that Margie Graves the agency’s Deputy CIO has been asked to step in as Acting CIO.

Spires has served as DHS CIO since August 2009. He also serves as vice chairman of the Federal CIO Council and co-chairs the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative. He was CIO of the Internal Revenue Service from September 2006 to September 2007.

Spires discusses his work in this interview with FedScoopTV in November 2012:

  • Kimberly Purlia

    Perhaps the next US CIO?

  • a1

    april fools…

  • me

    Thank you Zola

  • bob

    Thank You Zola what am I looking for

  • billy

    Zola what am I looking for

  • Frederick

    Lord, let’s hope not. DHS IT is screwed up enough. We don’t need to screw up the rest of the government, too.

  • John Weiler

    Richard is one of the most dedicated and competent CIOs in government. His leadership style and willingness to take on hard issues makes him a model leader. Unfortunately, the Federal “IT Cartel” lobby is very powerful and able to challenge those who try to stand up to fraud, waste and abuse.

    Thank your Richard for your service and dedication.