Chris Willey starts this week as the first chief information officer for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Willey previously served as deputy CIO at the Office of Personnel Management where one of his tasks was to coordinate a new VoIP phone system. He previously served as interim chief technology officer for the District of Columbia, briefly succeeding Vivek Kundra after he was named federal CIO.
The CFPB was created last year as part of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in the wake of the 2008 recession. The CFPB is be an independent agency tasked with being a watchdog for American consumers, ensuring they have the best information to make financial choices that are best for themselves and prevents abuse and deceptive financial practices.