Federal CIO Kent to exit in July

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Federal CIO Suzette Kent announced June 25 that she would be departing government service next month.

Kent was named federal CIO in early 2018, and spearheaded a wide range of Trump administration technology and workforce initiatives, including the creation of the Chief Data Officer Council, the updates to the Trusted Internet Connection Policies designed to accommodate agency connections to cloud and managed services and new policies of identity management.

Kent came to government service after a career in the private sector including stints as a principal with Ernst & Young and as a managing partner at Accenture.

"My commitment was to give 100% to improving government technology and citizen services," Kent said in a statement. "It is my hope that the outcomes achieved stand in evidence to that commitment. It is with great pride in results delivered and confidence in [Deputy CIO] Maria Roat, Grant Schneider and Jordan Burris' leadership, the OFCIO team, and the leaders in the CIO Council that I depart. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve our nation."

Kent, who won FCW's Government Eagle Award in 2020, announced the move in a June 25 meeting.

Russ Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, thanked Kent for "helping to drive critical modernizations through the President's Management Agenda."

About the Author

Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.

Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial roles at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, New York Press, Architect Magazine and other publications.

Click here for previous articles by Mazmanian. Connect with him on Twitter at @thisismaz.

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