DOD CIO Takai to step down

Defense Department CIO Teri Takai will step down at the end of this week, after serving as the department’s top IT official since November 2010.

Takai reportedly submitted her resignation Monday in a memo to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Here departure takes effect May 3.

DOD CIO Teri Takai

During her tenure, Takai has overseen DOD’s move toward the Joint Information Environment, a cloud-based, interoperable IT infrastructure for the department. The move started with DODS Enterprise Email, which the Army has adopted fully and the Air Force partially. The Navy and Marine Corps say they are committed to the transition but first want to address concerns over cost and security.

She also recently ordered DOD organizations to switch from the department’s military-specific security accreditation standards to the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Risk Management Framework  used by the rest of the U.S. government.  Takai also has spearheaded IT consolidation efforts within the department.

Before joining DOD, Takai was CIO of California and, before that, of Massachusetts.

Her resignation comes a month after the resignation of DOD’s principal deputy CIO, Rob Carey, who left after 31 years of federal service. A replacement has been named for neither.

 

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