CIO Roundup: Here Are the Government’s Top Tech Chiefs So Far

CIO Roundup: Here Are the Government’s Top Tech Chiefs So Far

The Biden administration named its top federal cybersecurity policy leader Tuesday but numerous IT leadership positions across government remain vacant or in acting officials' hands, including all politically appointed chief information officers.

Here’s where the major agencies stand on CIO and other important IT positions, including appointments and job postings.


Gary Washington, who has served as Agriculture Department CIO since early 2018, will remain in that position, sources confirmed to Nextgov.


The Commerce Department still lists Andre Mendes as department CIO—as does Mendes’ LinkedIn account—though the position has been a political appointee in the past. Mendes has served as Commerce CIO since August 2019.

The department did not respond to several requests for clarification.


Former intelligence community CIO John Sherman—who joined the Defense Department as principal deputy CIO in June 2020—is serving as acting DOD CIO. Sherman took over for outgoing political appointee Dana Deasy, who served as DOD CIO from 2018 through the end of the Trump administration.


Jason Gray, Education Department CIO since May 2016, remained in his career position through the transition.


While the Energy Department used to have a political appointee running the agency’s tech shop, that changed after the departure of Max Everett, who took a position as vice president of the Republican National Convention in 2019.

Since Everett’s departure, the Energy CIO role has been made a career position. Rocky Campione has served as the department’s CIO since 2019 and has stayed on through ..