NRO, USDA lose key IT execs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Reconnaissance Office are looking for new IT executives.

Donna Hansen left NRO after serving as its chief information officer since 2013 and its deputy CIO since 2011. She also was the chairwoman of the CIA Publications Review Board. NRO is leading network and engineering service providers to build standard network designs for local and wide-area networks under the Intelligence Community IT Enterprise (ICITE) program.

Hansen left NRO in April and joined Deep Water Point consulting, where she will focus on the intelligence community sector.

Prior to coming to NRO, Hansen served as the director of the enterprise architecture and strategy office in the NRO’s Chief Information Office.

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Hansen replaced Jill Singer, who left in 2013 to join Deep Water Point and now works for AT&T.

Over at USDA, Joyce Hunter, the deputy CIO for policy and planning, quietly left in February and returned to the private sector.

Hunter went back to her previous company as CEO of Vulcan Enterprises, a strategic planning firm.

Hunter spent almost four years as deputy CIO at USDA, leading its policy, enterprise architecture and capital planning initiatives. She also was the chairwoman of the Open Data Council, the Big Data working group and IT workforce planning efforts.

Hunter was CEO of Vulcan from 2009 to 2013 and also spent time at CSC, Apptis and Raytheon before coming to the government.

Finally, a former political appointee under the George W. Bush administration has found his way back to his old agency.

Scott Cameron landed a political position back at the Interior Department, where he is now the principal deputy assistant secretary for policy, management and budget, according to his LinkedIn page.

As the principal deputy assistant secretary, Cameron will help oversee cross-cutting management and operational issues, including the agency’s CFO, chief acquisition officer and chief performance officer offices.

Cameron spent five years at Interior, starting in 2001, as its deputy assistant secretary for performance, accountability and human resources.

Since leaving Interior in 2006, Cameron held several positions with firms such as Grant Thornton, Dawson and Associates, and most recently, R3 Government Solutions.

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