CIO changes at NASA, Energy Department

Rod Turk is heading back to the Commerce Department while Larry Sweet is retiring from NASA.

Two large government agencies have seen a shake up within their CIO offices this past week.

Energy Department Chief Information Security Officer Rod Turk has left to take the same role with the Commerce Department, multiple sources told FedScoop.

Turk has previously worked at the Commerce Department before coming to Energy in July 2014. Working under three CIOs in his time there — Bob Brese, acting CIO Don Adcock and Michael Johnson — Turk managed the department’s enterprise security program and its efforts under the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative.

He has also worked at the Transportation Security Administration, Justice Department, and Patent and Trademark Office.


Turk started his new position at Commerce on Tuesday.

At the same time, NASA CIO Larry Sweet will retire from his position in November, after spending nearly three decades in government.

His successor, Deputy CIO Renee Wynn, will become NASA CIO on Sept 26. Wynn became the deputy CIO for NASA in July after 25 years at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Sweet, who had been with NASA since 1987, told FedScoop in an email simply: “It’s time.” A NASA press release says Sweet plans to retire to Texas with his wife. During his time at NASA, he focused on increasing collaboration among the centers, strengthened NASA’s IT security posture, reduced costs in current programs and maximized the use of shared services, according to the release.

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