FDIC places CIO Barry West on administrative leave

Barry West, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s chief information officer, has been put on administrative leave.

Multiple industry sources confirm West left FDIC recently. Sources were unclear why West was put on administrative leave or when he exactly left.

An FDIC spokeswoman would only confirm that West remains an employee of FDIC and is out of the office for personal reasons. The spokeswoman cited privacy laws as the reason for not discussing any other details about his whereabouts.

Sources also confirmed that West will not take on a second year as the President of the Association for Federal Information Resource Management (AFFIRM). West alerted the organization in late May that he would leave his post June 17.

FDIC removed West from its website earlier today and said Martin Henning was the acting CIO. But the agency later changed its website back to say West continues to be the CIO.

Multiple emails to West seeking comment were not returned.

West came to the FDIC in December after coming back to government in March 2013 as the CIO of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

He spent almost two years at PBGC before moving to FDIC.

West spent the previous five years in industry at SE Solutions, and before that was the CIO at FEMA, the National Weather Service and the Commerce Department.

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