Christopher Adams to join Treasury as CISO of Departmental Offices bureau

A spokesperson confirmed the appointment and said the IT leader will start work on Oct. 10.
The Treasury building in D.C. (Mathieu Marquer / Flickr)

The Treasury Department will next month install Christopher Adams as Departmental Offices bureau CISO, as it works to strengthen its cybersecurity program.

A department spokesperson confirmed the appointment to FedScoop and said the IT leader would start work in the new role on Oct. 10.

The Departmental Offices bureau at Treasury provides leadership in economic and financial policy, terrorism and financial intelligence, financial crimes, as well as general management.

Adams will bring over 15 years of IT experience to the role. According to LinkedIn, he spent more than a decade within the U.S. Air Force, including a stint as the chief information officer of the National Space Defense Center. He also spent more than a year in the private sector as a senior cybersecurity specialist at telecom giant AT&T.


The mission of the cyber security program at the Treasury Department is to develop and implement security policies to secure the federal government’s financial infrastructure. These include the production of coin and currency, the disbursement of payments to the American public, revenue collection and the borrowing of funds necessary to run the federal government.

The Treasury Department has a $829 million cyber budget in 2022 and Congress is expected to increase this to approximately $970 million for 2023 based on the Treasury’s budget request.

Adams has received multiple master’s of science degrees in IT and digital forensics from Trident University International, according to his LinkedIn, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Chapman University. 

Nihal Krishan

Written by Nihal Krishan

Nihal Krishan is a technology reporter for FedScoop. He came to the publication from The Washington Examiner where he was a Big Tech Reporter, and previously covered the tech industry at Mother Jones and Global Competition Review. In addition to tech policy, he has also covered national politics with a focus on the economy and campaign finance. His work has been published in the Boston Globe, USA TODAY, HuffPost, and the Arizona Republic, and he has appeared on NPR, SiriusXM, and PBS Arizona. Krishan is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School for Journalism. You can reach him at

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