Chuck McGann to leave USPS for private sector

Chuck McGann Photo by FedScoop Chuck McGann (FedScoop file photo)

The chief information security officer for the United States Postal Service is leaving government for an undisclosed position in the private sector, the USPS confirmed to FedScoop Tuesday.

The agency did not announce McGann’s departure date.


“After 27 years of dedicated service, Chuck McGann is retiring from the Postal Service,” USPS spokesman Dave Partenheimer said in a statement to FedScoop.

According to Partenheimer, as part of his job, McGann was responsible for overseeing the information security of one of the largest technology networks maintained by any organization in the world.

McGann’s departure comes just eight days after USPS announced a major cyber intrusion that potentially compromised the data of approximately 800,000 current and former employees. McGann’s departure, however, was not related to the breach and had been planned, according to a senior USPS official.

“[McGann] was a key player in the Postal Service’s successful response to the recent cyber intrusion,” Partenheimer said. “He will be greatly missed by the organization.”

After joining the Postal Service in 1987, McGann became the CISO in 2009. At USPS, McGann reported to Chief Information Officer Jim Cochrane and was responsible for cyber and physical computing security at the Postal Service. McGann also worked closely with the agency’s chief privacy officer, Matthew Connolly, to report and notify the agency and others of breaches or data loss.


The departure also comes days after the announcement of the retirement of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.

McGann is also a FedScoop FedMentor and has spoken at FedScoop events in the past.

Jake Williams

Written by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is a Staff Reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop. At StateScoop, he covers the information technology issues and events at state and local governments across the nation. In the past, he has covered the United States Postal Service, the White House, Congress, cabinet-level departments and emerging technologies in the unmanned aircraft systems field for FedScoop. Before FedScoop, Jake was a contributing writer for Campaigns & Elections magazine. He has had work published in the Huffington Post and several regional newspapers and websites in Pennsylvania. A northeastern Pennsylvania native, Jake graduated magna cum laude from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, or IUP, in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. At IUP, Jake was the editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Penn, and the president of the university chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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