FBI CIO to Leave for Private Industry

FBI Chief Information Officer Chad Fulgham will leave the agency next month to take a job in the private sector, the agency announced Tuesday.

Fulgham spent three years with the agency where he reorganized the Bureau’s IT Branch and secured a strategic data center to consolidate facilities and initiated server virtualization efforts to improve performance, reduce costs, and support the government’s communication and collaboration tools such as rich presence, instant messaging, voice-over Internet protocol, desktop video teleconferencing, desktop sharing and web meetings. He also oversaw numerous mission critical application development efforts.

Fulgham was also the driving force behind the Sentinel program, the FBI’s new case management system that replaced the outdated Automated Case Support system, transforming the way the FBI does business by moving it from a primarily paper-based case management system to an electronic work flow-based management system of record with enhanced data sharing capabilities.

“When I was hired as the CIO, it was understood Sentinel was going to be one of my top priorities. Today, I can tell you the software coding is done, the new hardware is in place, and it has been quite impressive during initial performance testing. We have trained hundreds of FBI special agents and employees, and it will have a lasting impact on this organization,” Fulgham said.


The FBI did not say which private sector organization Fulgham would be joining when he leaves the bureau of April 13. He previously worked for IBM and JPMorgan Chase before joining the FBI.

“Chad and the efforts of the ITB have made tremendous contributions to the FBI and its mission. His strong leadership, corporate-style management, forward-thinking mindset, and drive have brought innovative technology solutions that have helped the FBI accomplish its important mission for the nation,” FBI Director Robert Mueller said.


Mr. Chad L. Fulgham was appointed as the FBI’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) on December 8, 2008. Mr. Fulgham is responsible for the FBI’s overall information technology (IT) efforts, including developing the FBI’s IT strategic plan and operating budget. He is also responsible for management of all FBI IT assets, which includes legacy equipment and infrastructure as well as evolving implementation of new and modernized systems and services to accommodate mission priorities.

Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Fulgham served as a senior vice president within the Information Technology Division of Lehman Brothers for four years. While serving in this capacity, Mr. Fulgham was responsible for the identity management, messaging, wireless, instant messaging/unified communications, and electronic communications compliance engineering teams worldwide and associated support teams in the Americas. Previous roles also included Program Manager of a global information security architecture initiative, head of IT Business Continuity, and Senior Manager for Windows server-based engineering and support.

In 2003, Mr. Fulgham served as the manager of IBM’s Global Computer Emergency Response Team, responsible for the security of all Windows platforms within IBM worldwide along with select strategic outsourcing clients.

He joined JPMorgan Chase in January 2002 as the Global Windows Security Engineering Manager and Information Risk Manager where he led multi-million dollar security engineering projects to close information security gaps resulting from the merger of JPMorgan and Chase.

In 2001, Mr. Fulgham served as a Supervisory Senior Consultant for Information Security and Privacy with Andersen, Technology Risk Consulting. He developed IT and security strategies, privacy assurance programs, business continuity planning, policy development, and user awareness programs.

Commissioned in the Navy after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1996, he attained the rank of Lieutenant during his five-year naval career. He served as an Information Security, Network Manager, and Communications Officer, developing enterprise-wide network security policies and procedures and coordinating lifecycle management and training for 90 networks. He also served as a Department Head, overseeing the operational effectiveness for 25 percent of the USS PIONEER (MCM 9), an Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship.

Mr. Fulgham holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification governed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Economics from the United States Naval Academy.

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